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NFHS makes rule clarifications for prep swimming

Posted: April 22, 2012 10:00 a.m.
Updated: April 22, 2012 10:00 a.m.

The National Federation of State High School Associations, which sets rules for high school sports, has made changes and clarifications to high school swimming rules.

The organization has moved to make it easier for judges to rule on proper breaststroke technique in relation to the initiation of the stroke.

“The revised rule will state that ‘the initiation of such arm stroke shall be accomplished by a discernible horizontal separation of the hands,’” a release from the NFHS said.

In addition, the organization has changed the backstroke to allow swimmers to lift their heads to begin the rotation when starting a flip turn.

Rule 3-3-2, which governs improper attire, now has a clear penalty.

If a judge identifies improper attire, he or she will direct the swimmer to make the attire legal, provided it is noticed before the race.

If noticed after the start of the race, the swimmer will be disqualified.

In diving, the NFHS has determined that the order of a diving competition in championship meets shall be by lot, rather than by seeding if there has been no action by meet directors to determine an order.


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