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2014-2015 NCHSAA Swimming and Diving

2014-2015 NCHSAA Swimming and Diving

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2014-2015 NCHSAA Swimming and Diving

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  1. 2014-2015 NCHSAASwimming and Diving Brad Alford – Director of Sports and Championships

  2. 2014-15Swimming and Diving Rules Changes

  3. Reorganized Rule 3-3-4 • The rule has been reorganized in a list form for easier reference and compliance • Divers now permitted to use tape, at any location, for support

  4. Adhesives not permittedRule 3-3-4 • Adhesives are not allowed to be used during competition by a swimmer or diver • Adhesive sprays and similar materials get on the board and become sticky or slick with water • Used by swimmers, the adhesive transfers to the block or touch pad, causing it to become slick

  5. Unsporting conductRules 3-6-1 and 3-6-3 • Unsporting conduct will disqualify a swimmer from further competition in the meet; and, subject to state association rules, possible withholding from future meets • Unacceptable conduct (such as profanity, failure to follow the directions of a meet official and other such actions) will disqualify a swimmer from that event

  6. NCHSAA Ejection Policy Taunting, baiting or spitting toward an opponent or official Profanity (directed toward an official or opponent) Obscene gestures Disrespectfully addressing an official • Fighting • Leaving the bench area • Flagrant contact • Biting Ejection from contest = miss remainder of contest and next 2 contest at that level (4 for fighting) Student-Athlete or Administrator disqualified or ejected = NFHS Sportsmanship Course Coach ejected = NFHS Teaching and Modeling Behavior Course Players ejected for fighting: Coach=NFHS Teaching and Modeling Behavior Course

  7. Starter’s pistolRules 2-7-3 NOTE, 4-3-1 NOTE • The sounding device for the start or final lap shall not be a pistol capable of discharging live ammunition or a closed barreled starter’s pistol

  8. Forward startRule 8-1-5 • Once called to the starting platforms, should the referee/starter give the command “Stand up,” the swimmers should remain on the starting platforms • Swimmers will not enter the water or delay a new start by stepping down • Referees and starters should direct swimmers to step down only when unusual circumstances occur

  9. Backstroke finishRule 8-2-1e • After breaking the surface of the water, the swimmer must remain on the surface • Any part of the swimmer’s body is on or above the surface • The only exception to remaining on or above the surface once breaking the water surface is for turns • Only when the entire body is submerged is there a violation of the rule

  10. Diving Warm-upsRule 9-2-1 • Divers shall be permitted at least two practice approaches during specified warm-up times prior to each diving session • Each approach may be with or without a water entry • Divers are allowed to do practice dives from the published dive list for practice water entry approaches

  11. Order of Divers – Championship MeetsRule 9-2-2 • Subject to the meet director’s discretion and published prior to the competition, divers may be reordered by rank – lowest to highest scores – following the semifinal round • With no previous action by the meet director, the default is keeping the divers in the same dive order as preliminaries/semifinals

  12. New Diving Award ScaleRule 9-7-2 • Excellent 10; • Very good 8½ to 9½; • Good 7 to 8; • Satisfactory 5 to 6½; • Deficient 2½ to 4½; • Unsatisfactory ½ to 2; • Failed 0.

  13. 2014-15Swimming and Diving Major Editorial Changes

  14. Entries by IndividualsRule 3-2-1 PENALTY • A competitor participating, or attempting to participate, in more than the allowable number of events is disqualified from that event and further competition • The competitor(s) shall not be disqualified from events in subsequent rounds for which he/she has previously and legally qualified (previous performance not nullified) Editorial EC Change

  15. Uniforms • Official discovers competitor wearing an illegal swimsuit (wearing two suits or illegal construction) • Observed after heat begins – competitor disqualified at completion of heat, performance time nullified and competitor not eligible for further competition until in legal swimsuit Editorial EC Change

  16. Other Editorial Changes Editorial EC Change

  17. Voluntary Dives – Clearly Identified Editorial EC Change

  18. Other Editorial Changes RELAY TAKEOFF PAD USAGE GUIDELINE TABLE Editorial EC Change

  19. 2014-15Swimming and Diving Points of Emphasis

  20. Touch Pads • When pads are used: • Touch includes the entire lane, as pads should be proper width, or the area where the pad should be located • Touching above the pad is NOT a legal finish NOT legal touch Gutter line Legal touch Legal touch Pad small for lane Pad has shifted

  21. Conduct • Unsporting conduct includes, but is not limited to, making insulting or derogatory remarks, gestures, or acts including taunting, trying to influence, showing disgust or interfering with an official • Team personnel shall be disqualified from further competition, including events in which previously qualified, for unsporting conduct

  22. Conduct • Unacceptable conduct includes, but is not limited to, the use of profanity whether or not it is directed at another person or any action which could discredit the individual or his/her high school • Team personnel shall be disqualified from that event • The meet referee always retains the authority under Rule 3-6-1 to disqualify a competitor for any act he/she deems as unsporting conduct

  23. Showing up for events at championship meets • It is the competitor’s responsibility to compete in each and every race or round he/she is entered • The coach has the responsibility to make sure the athletes on his/her team report as required and this should be communicated clearly with his/her athletes at the meet, as well as at the start of the season for athlete accountability

  24. Showing up for events at championship meets • If, for some reason, an athlete is not going to compete in a scheduled event in which entered, the coach must notify the referee of a declared false start prior to the start of the event to avoid disqualification of the athlete • The declared false start promotes participation, as another athlete has the opportunity to move up in finals, preserves the integrity of a championship meet and allows an athlete to drop out of an event with no further penalty

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  26. NFHS Swimming and Diving Publications • The Rules Book, Scorebook and other swimming and diving materials can be ordered: • online at • by calling 1-800-776-3462

  27. NFHS E-books • Electronic versions of NFHS Rules and Case Books are now available for purchase as e-books • Apple users can visit iTunes for available books • Apple, Android and Kindle users can buy e-books from and view them through the Kindle app • $5.99 • Visit for more information

  28. Swimming and Diving Officials’ Guidelines Manuals • The revised manuals are available August 1 on the following Web site locations:

  29. Free! $20 $50 All NFHS courses can be accessed at

  30. Sportsmanship The quality of responsible behavior characterized by a spirit of generosity and a genuine concern for opponents, officials and teammates. • Wholesome athletic environment • Good Sportsmanship > Victory • Modest in victory, gracious in defeat • Respecting judgment and integrity of game officials • Role modeling good behavior

  31. Important Dates Start Wednesday, October 29 1st Contest Monday, November 17 Reporting Saturday, January 31 6:00 p.m. Regionals Friday, February 6 Saturday, February 7 States 3A: Thursday, February 12 1A/2A: Friday, February 13 4A: Saturday, February 14

  32. Number of Contests • Pre-season • 2 varsity scrimmages • Does not count toward season limitation • Multi-team scrimmages are allowed • Regular Season • 3 scheduled meets per week • 1 per day individual limit • Post Season • Varsity conference meets are considered part of the state playoffs • Does not count toward season limitation

  33. Dead Periods • FALL 2014 August 1 through September 1 • SPRING February 16 through March 15 • Summer 2015 June 29-July 5 July 20-July 26

  34. Approved Board Items Practice Games and Scrimmages • Schools that have individuals qualifying to the regional and/or state individual playoffs, after the regular season is over for the team, may work out or scrimmage one-on-one against students from another school where competition is not available at their own school. • Limited to one partner for each qualifier advancing, whether from their own school or another school. Referees • Referee and two stroke and turn judges be required for meets using six or fewer lanes. • Referee and three stroke and turn judges be required for meets using more than six lanes.

  35. Referees • Schools are responsible for securing • Minimum 2 per school • Proper number of meet officials for times to be official • Payment • Referee: $51 • Stroke and Turn: $26 • Starter: $26 • Should be paid on site!

  36. HOW TO REGISTER In 4 Easy StepS: Where to register? How to register? The costs of registration The NCHSAA’s Follow-up Post registration SWIMMING OFFICIALS REGISTRATION

  37. Where do I register? • The website to register as a swimming official:

  38. STEP 1: Create a Profile

  39. STEP 2: Log-in • Returning Officials will simply log into their account • If you need a password reset contact the NCHSAA • New officials will use the username and password that was just created

  40. Step 3: Register & Pay Registration Costs $51.00 before November 15, 2014.

  41. Registration Follow Up • Registration Packet Mailed to your address. It will include the following: • Rules Book • Clinic Schedule • Exam information • Meet Verification Form • NCHSAA Memo TESTING WINDOW: November 7-21, 2014

  42. Swimming Regional Entries with Direct Athletics • Sign into You may sign in and out changing times and updating entries until the entry deadline of 6pm on Saturday, January 31. {Sign-in before this date, in case of difficulty} Sign In Here

  43. Swimming Regional Entries with Direct Athletics • Update Contact Information When you register your contact information with Direct Athletics, make sure you are giving the coach’s phone number where he/she can be reached on January 31st or February 1st. If there are any issues with your entries, this is the number we’ll call. Do this for both Women’s & Men’s. Select: Setup Select: Contact Info

  44. Swimming Regional Entries with Direct Athletics Register the appropriate information for all your athletes (SWIMMERS AND DIVERS!). Make sure you hit the “SUBMIT” button each and every time you update information so that it’s saved. Select: Team Select: Women’s Or Men’s

  45. Swimming Regional Entries with Direct Athletics • ENTRIES MUST BE COMPLETED BY THE ENTRY DEADLINE OF: SATURDAY, January 31 @ 6:00 P.M. Upcoming Meet: (Will show up in early January) Select to enter Swimmers/Divers in their events.

  46. Swimming Regional Entries with Direct Athletics • Swimming Entries: • Make sure all athletes are entered in ONLY 2 INDIVIDUAL EVENTS. • Be sure to enter your RELAY EVENTS • Teams may enter no more than four swimmers per individual event and no more than one team per relay

  47. Swimming Regional Entries with Direct Athletics • Diving Entries • Divers must have successfully competed in at least one meet during the regular season in order to enter regional competition. • Enter best diving score from season into Direct Athletics, then complete the diving entry form found online at: Two copies must be brought to the diving meet.

  48. Swimming Regional Entries with Direct Athletics • A printed copy of the DirectAthletic entries, along with the NCHSAA master eligibility list for the swimming and diving team, must be signed by the principal, and coaches must present this at check in at all regional meets. • Make a copy for presentation at the diving regional also.

  49. Eligibility & Compliance Carolyn Shannonhouse – Assistant Commissioner

  50. Eligibility • Power Point • Required viewing for all coaches • Should be done with the athletic director • Includes opportunities to discuss concussions/sudden cardiac arrests/Sickle Cell Trait, etc.