2014-2015 NCHSAA
Swimming and Diving
Brad Alford – Director of Sports and
National Federation of State
High School Associations
Swimming and Diving
Rules Changes
Take Part. Get Set For Life.™
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
Adhesives not permitted
Rule 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
• Used by swimmers, the adhesive transfers to
the block or touch pad, causing it to become
Unsporting conduct
Rules 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
NCHSAA Ejection Policy
Leaving the bench area
Flagrant contact
Taunting, baiting or spitting toward
an opponent or official
Profanity (directed toward an official
or opponent)
Obscene gestures
Disrespectfully addressing an official
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
Starter’s pistol
Rules 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
Forward start
Rule 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
Backstroke finish
Rule 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
Diving Warm-ups
Rule 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
Order of Divers – Championship Meets
Rule 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
New Diving Award Scale
Rule 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.
National Federation of State
High School Associations
Swimming and Diving
Major Editorial Changes
Take Part. Get Set For Life.™
Entries by Individuals
Rule 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)
 Official discovers competitor wearing an
illegal swimsuit (wearing two suits or illegal
• Observed after heat begins – competitor
disqualified at completion of heat, performance
time nullified and competitor not eligible for
further competition until in legal swimsuit
Other Editorial Changes
 6-4-1a,b
(button or watch times)
 9-3-5
…(with the number and degree of
difficulty of the voluntary dive(s)
circled or otherwise clearly
Voluntary Dives –
Clearly Identified
Other Editorial Changes
Appendix B
-0.09 through -0.01
DQ If electronic
DQ MUST have
equipment AND
confirmation by at least
one (1) takeoff judge.
either takeoff
judge OR dual
confirmation by
BOTH takeoff
0.00 through +0.09
Judges are not
National Federation of State
High School Associations
Swimming and Diving
Points of Emphasis
Take Part. Get Set For Life.™
Touch Pads
NOT legal touch
Gutter line
Pad small
for lane
Pad has
 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
 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
 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
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
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
Stacked hands
NFHS Swimming and Diving
 The Rules Book, Scorebook
and other swimming and diving
materials can be ordered:
• online at www.nfhs.com
• by calling 1-800-776-3462
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 Amazon.com
and view them through the Kindle
 $5.99
• Visit www.nfhs.org/ebooks for more
Swimming and Diving Officials’
Guidelines Manuals
 The revised manuals are available August 1
on the following Web site locations:
All NFHS courses
can be accessed at
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
• Role modeling good behavior
Important Dates
Wednesday, October 29
1st Contest
Monday, November 17
Saturday, January 31
6:00 p.m.
Friday, February 6
Saturday, February 7
Thursday, February 12
1A/2A: Friday, February 13
Saturday, February 14
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
• Does not count toward season limitation
Dead Periods
• FALL 2014
August 1 through September 1
February 16 through March 15
• Summer 2015
June 29-July 5
July 20-July 26
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-onone 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.
•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.
• 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!
In 4 Easy StepS:
1. Where to register?
2. How to register?
3. The costs of registration
4. The NCHSAA’s Follow-up Post registration
Where do I register?
• The website to register as a swimming official:
STEP 1: Create a Profile
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
Step 3: Register & Pay
Registration Costs $51.00 before November 15, 2014.
Registration Follow Up
• Registration Packet Mailed to your address. It
will include the following:
• Rules Book
• Clinic Schedule
• Exam information
• Meet Verification Form
TESTING WINDOW: November 7-21, 2014
Swimming Regional Entries
with Direct Athletics
• Sign into www.directathletics.com
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}
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.
Swimming Regional Entries
with Direct Athletics
Register the appropriate information for all your athletes
Or Men’s
Make sure you hit the “SUBMIT” button each and every
time you update information so that it’s saved.
Swimming Regional Entries
with Direct Athletics
Upcoming Meet:
(Will show up in early January)
Select to enter Swimmers/Divers in
their events.
SATURDAY, January 31 @ 6:00 P.M.
Swimming Regional Entries
with Direct Athletics
• Swimming Entries:
–Make sure all athletes are entered in
–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
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.
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.
Eligibility & Compliance
Carolyn Shannonhouse – Assistant
• 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.
• Preseason Meeting
– Required attendance by all parents
– Time to share rules, regulations, expectations, philosophy
– Time to get all required signatures--pledges, Gfeller-Waller
information, etc.
• Eligibility Checklist
– Use to ensure school has done its due diligence
Clinic Attendance
• Head coaches in football, soccer, volleyball,
basketball, wrestling, swimming, baseball,
softball, and track & field and lacrosse must
attend an NCHSAA approved State Rules Clinic.
– Must be completed prior to coaching in the first contest; subject
to $400 fine, in addition to a $500 fine if he/she actually
coaches in the contest
– Can be satisfied at the NC Coaches’ Association Clinic being
held here in Greensboro—July 21-24
Clinic Attendance
– If the head coach cannot attend the NCCA clinic or is not
hired until afterwards, the requirement can also be met at
one of the statewide officials’ clinics, which are posted on
the NCHSAA Website under clinics. Please note that
several volleyball and soccer clinics for officials occur prior
to the NCCA Clinic.
• Athletic directors cannot satisfy this
requirement by attending a rules’ session in
place of the head coach
Coaches’ Education
• NFHS Fundamentals of Coaching Course
– Currently, all non-faculty and newly hired coaches must
take the Fundamentals of Coaching Course; certificate of
completion must be on file at the individual school
– Complete prior to first contest; subject to a $500 fine;
continuing to coach without completion = another $500
– All coaches must have satisfied the requirement to take
this course by August 1, 2015.
Coaches’ Education
• Concussion Management Certification
– Effective August 1, 2014, the NFHS Concussion Course
(free on-line course) or an equivalent course must be
completed by all coaches
– Prior to the first date of practice for that sport;
subsequently, the certificate of completion must be on file
at the individual school; subject to $500 fine
Coaches’ Education
• “Education is a journey, not a
Coaches’ Education
– Accredited Interscholastic Coach (AIC)
• Requires completion of 4 courses:
–Fundamentals of Coaching
–1st Aid, Health & Safety for Coaches
–Sport Specific Course or Teaching Sports
–Concussion in Sports (Free)
Coaches’ Education
– Certified Interscholastic Coach (CIC)
• Completion of AIC requirements
• Plus:
–Teaching & Modeling Behavior
–Engaging Effectively with Parents
–Creating a Safe and Respectful Environment
–Strength & Conditioning
–2 additional courses (User Choice0
• Teaching & Modeling Behavior Course
– Required for any coach ejected during a contest
– Required for any coach who has player (s) ejected for
• NFHS Sportsmanship Course
– Replaces the Star Sportsmanship Course for any
ejected/disqualified player
– Free, on-line course (nfhslearn.com)
• All certificates must be sent to NCHSAA
Gfeller-Waller Concussion Law
• Requirements of the Law:
– Concussion signs and symptoms
• Given prior to participation
• Parents/athletes sign indicating “receipt of”
– Return to Play (RTP) form signed by a physician licensed to
practice medicine
When in doubt, sit them out”
– An up-to-date Emergency Action Plan (EAP)
• Must be on-file
• Must be posted
• Must be updated annually
Transfer Policy
• Now one year old
• If a bona fide change of residence—no
transfer waiver necessary
• Transfer packet with forms are on-line;
password protected
• Work with athletic director to ensure students
meet residence rule requirements
Master Eligibility Form
• Added a column in order to indicate a student
“meets local promotion standards”
• Changed the attendance column to indicate a
student “meets local attendance policy”;
note that the statewide 85% rule has given
way to the local requirements relative to
Have a Great Year!
• Get involved with student services
• Visit the NCHSAA website often
• Sign-in for attendance credit
– Coaches: Avoid $400 fine for your school

2014-15 Swimming and Diving Rules PowerPoint