2009-10 Swimming and Diving Rules Changes Major Editorial Changes Points of Emphasis Posting of Scores Rule 2-7-9 It is recommended that the score be posted and/or announced throughout the meet At many dual meet locations, there is no announcer or available PA system
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Major Editorial Changes
Points of Emphasis
One piece suit - legalTwo piece suit - illegal
New ART. 2…Suits worn by swimmers shall be limited to the following requirements:
a. only one swimsuit during competition. (A swimmer with special needs may
request customization through his/her school to the state association.)
b. the swimsuit shall be:
1. constructed of a woven/knit textile material;
2. permeable (100 percent to air and water);
3. made so as not to aid in buoyancy and shall not be altered to aid in buoyancy;
4. made with no zippers or other fastening system other than a waist tie for a brief
or jammer and elastic material within the casing/ribbing in the terminal ends (straps,
leg openings, and waist openings); and
5. constructed so that the style/shape of the suit for males shall not extend above the
waist nor below the top of the kneecap and for females shall not extend beyond the
shoulders nor below the top of the kneecap, nor cover the neck.
Penalty (For ART. 2): When an official discovers a competitor wearing an illegal swimsuit by the
wearing of two suits or a suit which is of an illegal construction, the official shall:
1. when reporting prior to the start of the heat, notify the competitor to make legal the
swimsuit before becoming eligible to compete. If the competitor cannot comply without
delaying the start of the heat, the competitor is disqualified from that event and shall not
be eligible for further competition until in a legal swimsuit.
2. when the competitor has stepped up on the starting platform but prior to the starting
device being activated, direct the competitor to “Step down,” disqualify the competitor
from that event and he/she shall not be eligible for further competition until in a legal
3. when the starting device has been activated, disqualify the competitor at the completion
of the heat; nullify the competitor’s performance time and he/she shall not be eligible for
further competition until in a legal swimsuit.
one suit during competition
suit adheres to style and shape specified by rule
officials shall not serve as suit inspectors
questionable suits should be reported to IHSAA
Sounding DeviceLive Firearm
Closed Barrel Open Barrel Pistol
Toes under water
Toes out of water
Toes curled on top of gutter
Pad in proper position
Pad moved out of proper position
The lead-off swimmer on a relay may be credited with an official
time for his/her relay leg provided all requirements of the start,
stroke and finish are legal.
a. A lead-off time remains valid if the relay team is disqualified due to a violation (other than conduct) by one of the subsequent relay competitors.
b. A lead-off time shall be nullified should the relay team be disqualified for Conduct, under Rule 3-5.
Important Dates 2009-10
Girls Tournament Series
Sectionals – February 4, February 6, 2010
Diving Regionals – February 9, 2010
State – February 12-13, 2010
Boys Tournament Series
Sectionals – February 18, 20, 2010
Diving Regionals – February 23, 2010
State – February 26-27, 2010
1.Exhibition swimmers and/or divers are not permitted.
2.Swimmers and/or divers below 9th grade are not permitted to swim in a high school contest.
3.Number of Competitions - The maximum number of meets one can participate in is 18. An athlete is a participant in a meet if they enter one event, regardless of whether that event is a swimming or diving event.
1. A school may enter four (4) or less contestants in each event but only three (3) or less may participate.
2.A school may enter one team in each relay, and list eight individuals on the sectional entry list.
Sectional entry list – Maximum Entries
a. A contestant may be entered in three relays and one individual event or;
b. A contestant may be entered in three
relays and two individual events
c. Sectional, regional and state meet
competitions are considered as one event.
IHSAA By-Law 15-1.1d
A few of our member schools have an individual student athlete who wishes to participate in swimming and diving. Rule 15-1.1d addresses the procedures must be adhered to in these instances.
NFHS Rule 4-1-1
The meet committee shall make decisions on matters not specifically covered by the rules or on the misapplication of a rule during a meet. Judgement calls are not subject to review by this (meet) committee. The decision of the meet committee is final.
Indiana Modification – The referee’s decision is final in all meet committee discussions. The meet committee shall serve in an advisory capacity, and function only if the referee-starter wishes to consult with it. All final decisions rest with the referee-starter.
Indiana officials will continue to utilize Verbal Preparatory Commands as the starting protocol. Guidelines for the starting procedure are listed in the 2009-10 NFHS Swimming and Diving Rule Book on page 74.
No Recall Starting Protocol
Two Officials – Dual Confirmation Of The False Start
The starter SHALL-
a.Upon observing a false start, record in writing the lane or lanes that have committed a false start.
b.Compare written records with the assistant starter and, upon confirming that both have observed the same violation, will disqualify the swimmer(s). He/she will also notify the swimmer(s) and/or coach(es) of the violation.
The assistant starter SHALL-
a.Upon observing a false start, record inwriting the lane or lanes that have committed a false start.
b.Compare written records with the starter to confirm/not confirm the potential violation(s).
The starter SHALL -
a.Upon observing a false start, raise one hand with open palm as soon as possible after the start, but before the swimmers have completed their first length, indicating the violation.
b.In writing, record the lane or lanes that have committed a false start. This should also occur prior to the completion of the first length.
c.DO NOT discuss this observance with anyone until the race has been completed.
At the completion of the race, he/she shall notify the swimmer(s) and/or coach(es) of the disqualification(s).
During the regular season, officials are required to wear white slacks or shorts, a white polo shirt with IHSAA insignia and white tennis shoes.
The 2009-10 IHSAA official’s patch must be displayed on the left shoulder sleeve.
APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AFTER THIS DATE.
1. Officials will be notified of the on-line test via Arbiter. The email will include testing instructions.
Athletic Directors will receive ratings form via email on approximately January 8, 2010.
Coaches must complete the form and return to athletic director.
Process will help identify swimming and diving officials for the IHSAA Tournament Series.
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