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Katie Ledecky

GREETINGS   IOA  SWIM  OFFICIALS:  **** 

Here are the new rule changes for the upcoming Swim Season from the NFHSS: 


Swimming and Diving Rules Changes - 2019-20

 

Six Rules Changes Approved in High School Swimming, Diving

By NFHS on May 22, 2019nfhs news Print

 

Effective with the 2019-20 high school season, a legal finish now requires the competitor to contact either the touchpad or the finish end coinciding with the individual stroke of the race. With this change, swimmers can legally complete a race by touching the finish end (end wall), regardless of whether the touchpad is activated.

This rules revision, which affects the finish of all strokes used in swimming, was one of two swimming and four diving changes recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Swimming and Diving Rules Committee at its March 24-26 meeting in Indianapolis. All recommendations were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors. 

Rule 8-1-7 now will require swimmers to contact the finish end in the manner prescribed by the individual strokes. Descriptions of the backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and freestyle finishes in Rule 8-2 state that a legal finish requires contact with either the touchpad or the finish end.

As a result of these changes, a swimmer will no longer be disqualified if the touchpad is not activated in races using automatic-timing systems.

“This change allows for situations in which pools do not have touchpads that stretch the entire width of the lane, or in cases where the touchpad is not activated when the competitor finishes the race,” said Sandy Searcy, NFHS director of sports and liaison to the Swimming and Diving Rules Committee. “In those cases, the competitor legally finishes the race by contacting the finish end.” 

The other major swimming rules change involved the protocol for uniform violations, which involved reorganization of Rule 3-3 to specify the penalty protocol for uniform violations. While the penalties associated with an illegal uniform did not change, a new process for communicating any violations to the competitor was approved.

Effective with the 2019-20 season, when an official discovers a competitor wearing illegal attire specifically dealing with suit coverage as described in Rule 3-3-2, the official shall notify the coach of the competitor to make the attire legal before he or she is eligible to compete – if the uniform violation is observed prior to the start of the heat/dive. If the competitor cannot comply without delaying the start of the heat/dive, the competitor is disqualified from the event/dive and is not eligible for further competition until the attire is made legal.

Previously, the official notified the competitor directly when illegal attire was discovered; now the official will notify the coach of the competitor.        

“The penalty associated with this rule was written to provide clear indication that the coach of the competitor should be notified when a violation of this nature has occurred,” Searcy said. “In the case of suit construction and cap violations, for practicality and concerns over delay of the meet, the officials may communicate with either the competitor or coach.”

Among the four diving rules changes was a change in degree of difficulty in the diving table in Rule 9-4. In a risk-minimization change, the degree of difficulty for back and reverse double somersaults was lowered to match back and reverse 1½ somersaults. This change is consistent with the degree of difficulty assessed to back and reverse dives versus back and reverse somersaults.

In Rule 9-5-6, descriptions of diving positions were adjusted to maintain consistency with national trends. Language has been updated to clarify requirements of the straight, pike, tuck and free positions.

In Rule 9-7-4, the following Note was approved: “In a championship meet, the diving referee may consult with a designated member of the judging panel concerning a possible unsatisfactory dive.”

“The addition of this Note is consistent with the diving referee’s capability of consulting with a designated member of the judging panel concerning a possible failed dive,” Searcy said. “Because of the severity of the penalty and the judging panels seated on opposite sides of the pool or spread out on one side covering 10-12 feet along the side of the pool, providing the option for the referee to consult with another member of the panel to determine if a dive is satisfactory is appropriate.”

Rule 9-1-3 regarding a fulcrum was updated to comply with industry standards. Searcy said the change aligns with current diving board manufacturers’ installation directions.   

 

THERE MAY BE ONE (1) ON LINE MEETING FROM THE IHSAA TO SUPPLEMENT THE IN-PERSON

MEETINGS WE WILL CONDUCT. 

THAT INFORMATION IS NOT CONFIRMED AT THIS POINT.         I WOULD NOT COUNT ON IT.

 

MEETINGS LOCATION REMINDER:    CYO - 580 STEVENS STREET, INDY - 6:00 P.M.

 

​MEETING DATES  HAVE BEEN DETERMINED and CONFIRMED WITH THE CYO -

THEY ARE  ALSO POSTED ON myIHSAA   - DASHBOARD  EVENTS  PORTAL /

WEBSITE SO YOU MAY REGISTER TO OBTAIN CREDIT FOR THE

TOURNAMENT APPLICATION.

 

SEE BELOW:

 

Your license and arm patches should be coming or already arrived via USPS.  

 

EVENTPAY is now active.  Some area schools will again use this this season.  Check with

your AD's - if you need help setting it up I have a crib sheet they sent out on 07.30.18.   This

season we will once again deal with Arbiter, MYIHSAA and EVENTPAY.

 

 

                                             MEETINGS  SCHEDULE 

 

OCTOBER   6TH     ORGANIZATION - NEW RULES REVIEW - JOINT w/ FCOA

 

NOVEMBER 3rd      TOPIC TO BE DETERMINED - JOINT w/ FCOA  (This is a Colts

                                   Home Game weekend w/ a 4:00 Projected Start - If you're going

                                   to the game we've set up a meeting for the following Sunday)

 

NOVEMBER 10th        TOPIC TO BE DETERMINED - IOA Swim Meeting 

 

DECEMBER  8TH       TOPIC TO BE DETERMINED. - Joint Meeting w/ FCOA

 

JANUARY    5TH       TEST REVIEW and any other topic the group needs to discuss.  

                                  Joint Meeting  with FCOA. 

 

JANUARY    26TH        TOURNAMENT DISCUSSION - JOINT w/ FCOA  - For Those  

                                     Selected to Officiate           NOTE:  THIS MEETING IS

 

                                     BEYOND THE TOURNAMENT  APPLICATION DEADLINE

 

                                     AND WILL NOT COUNT ON  YOUR TOURNAMENT  

 

                                     APPLICATION.

 

Topics will be taken from the IHSAA Materials but will include refreshers on

procedures, protocols, working as a team of officials as opposed to singular at dual

meets, Championship Meet Rules and Scenarios.   ALSO - Excel Dive Sheets required

by IHSAA for tournament.

 

MyIHSSA.net is now active and your meetings and other events such as certification

clinics are posted as of 08.02.19.  You have to register to attend the association meetings and

clinics in advance to obtain credit !!!!

 

If any of you out there are aware of individuals wanting to become licensed for

Swimming please pass along with their names.  We are trying to establish a class for

new officials.

New members may join IOA for $25.00 their first year.  If you know whom is interested

of anyone please send me their contact information.

 

  All the best - that's all for now.  If you have Questions ?  Let me know.


Dave Truitt - IOA Swim Rep.

 

IMPORTANT LINKS:

 

http://www.ihsaa.org/

http://www.arbitersports.com/

https://www.nfhs.org/

 

DAVE TRUITT - IOA SWIM REP.

davetruittattorney@gmail.com

765-482-0710 (w)

317-919-9511 (c)

 

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