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Rules Updates
2015 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

Previous Rules Modifications
Shaving (wet or dry) is prohibited at all swimming competitions and practice sites. Violation will result in disqualification. Sections may permit schools to compete in quad/dual meets.  The minimum diving depth requirements are as follows: Pools built before January 1987 meet the NFHS minimum depth requirement (currently 10 feet) and pools built after January 1987 meet the NYS Department of Health's minimum requirement (currently 11 feet).

Waivers/Modifications:

1.            Sections may reduce the number of dives for junior varsity and freshman meets. (Aug. 2002)

2.            The NFHS Metric Conversion Chart will be used when applicable. (Jan. 2012)

Scrimmages: In a swimming scrimmage no official times or scores will be kept. Times may not be used to meet the qualifying standard.  More than one heat per event is permitted.