supervision and coaching – With the
introduction of the track-style starting platforms, this is a reminder to
coaches of their responsibility to institute appropriate training protocols,
educate the competitors on the proper use of new and existing blocks, and
supervise as competitors become acclimated with the new blocks. The coaches are
the primary school contact with the student athlete and, as such, must educate,
train and supervise all aspects of practice (including dry lands) and
competition to minimize the inherent risks of injury related to the student’s
participation in swimming and diving.
2. Breaststroke starts/turns – NFHS Rule 8-2-2c was changed to
permit a single butterfly kick following the start or turn at any time prior
to the normal breaststroke kick. This kick may occur before the
competitor initiates his/her first arm stroke. If the butterfly kick is
used prior to the initial arm stroke, a second butterfly kick during, or
at the completion of, the first arm stroke would result in a
devices – Electronic devices, such as computers, notebooks and smartphones,
may be used not only to record a competitor’s performance, but as a coaching
aid other than while the competitor is swimming or diving. The information may
be presented to the athlete prior to the competitor’s next race or dive. Attaching
a camera to the competitor during their race or dive is not permitted. Team
personnel using electronic devices shall not interfere with the responsibilities
of officials or other deck personnel. Do not approach an official to
contest/protest a call based on the recorded information.
4. Manufacturer’s logo on suits – FINA-approved suits continue to
meet the NFHS requirements of Rule 3-3-3. The FINA mark/barcode is NOT
deemed to be a logo. However, some suit models do contain two
manufacturer’s logos. These suits are NOT legal. Manufacturers may be
moving the FINA mark/barcode to a location on the inside of the suit. The
coach should verify NFHS compliance of all suits worn by the competitors.
This includes all logo requirements, e.g. size, included in Rule 3-3-3.
5. Taping/braces – NFHS Rule 3-3-4 regarding the use of devices
that aid the competitor and use of tape are unchanged. Other than tape on
the wrist of a diver, the use of tape must be associated with a documented
medical condition and requires the signed statement of a health care
professional (HCP). If an injury occurs during the meet (i.e. a cut or
sprained ankle) and an HCP is not available, the coach can provide the
required documentation to the referee. The use of braces is subject to
state association authorization as has been the procedure.