2015-2016 Rules Changes:
4-1-7: Requires swimming and diving officials dress in the same uniform attire as approved by the state association and no longer considers white as the default uniform.
Rationale: Due to the many variations in the officials uniform, it is more practical that the state association determine the appropriate swimming and diving uniform for officials.
4-3-1a, b: The starter may designate another individual to sound a device for the lead swimmer during the 500-yard/400-meter freestyle when the lead swimmer has two lengths plus 5 yards remaining in the race.
Rationale: During the 500-yard/400-meter freestyle event, the starter may have multiple tasks occurring at the same time. The starter may designate another individual to sound a device for the lead swimmer during the 500-yard/400-meter freestyle with two lengths plus 5 yards remaining to swim in the race.
9-6-1: The judging panel in diving may or may not include the diving referee.
Rationale: Clarifies the diving referee may be one of the judges on the panel or a separate official.
2015-16 Swimming and Diving Editorial Changes
Suggested Meet Warm-up Procedures, 2-NOTES, 2-7-3 NOTE, 3-3-2d
2015-16 Swimming and Diving Points of Emphasis
Uniform responsibilities – making sure you have it right
Focus on risk minimization in development of warm-up procedures
Coaching starts and turns can prevent injuries
Ensuring the 15-meter mark is clearly visible
Preparing the lap counter