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Application to Officiate 2015 Age Group Zones

The application to officiate 2015 Age Group Zones has been posted.  Anyone interested in offiicating should fill in the application and return it by June 30, 2015.  The application is available here.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Online Officials Tests Will be Unavailable April 15-30

As happens every year, the officials’ online tests will be unavailable from April 15-30, 2015. All of these tests are being updated to allow for the May 1st rule changes and to align with the 2015 Rulebook. Tests will be back online on May 1.

If any test-takers have not completed their tests by April 15th, the uncompleted tests will be deleted and they will have to be taken over from the beginning on May 1st. Completed tests will not be deleted.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Deck Changing Update

From USA Swimming on Deck Changing:

It is the consensus of the Rules and Regulations, Safe Sport, Athletes’ Executive and Officials’ Committees that the preferred approach to dealing with deck changing is to view the change in 202.2.9.I as the House’s desire for a paradigm shift regarding deck changing: what was once considered acceptable is now unacceptable in the sport.  Our focus should be on educating our members that deck changing is not acceptable and can put our athletes at risk.  The consensus of these committees is that LSCs should be encouraged not to adopt a punitive approach to enforcing this provision of our rules but rather work collaboratively with coaches to stop instances of deck changing across the sport. 


The following is provided for LSCs consideration:

1.    Officials’ eyes should be on the pool – not looking for swimmers who might be deck changing.

2.    Should deck changing be observed, officials should not attempt to intervene to stop it, but rather note the gender and team of the swimmer as well as the location of the deck change.  Report this information to the Referee when time permits.  The Referee should work with the Meet Director and/or facility staff to communicate with the coach of the swimmer(s) that were deck changing.  This communication should provide the information and ask for the coach’s cooperation to get the swimmers to change in the designated areas in the facility.

3.    Meet Directors and Referees should ensure that the Meet Marshalls and host facility staff are aware that swimmers should only be changing in designated changing facilities.  Meet Marshalls and facility staff should not intervene directly with swimmers that are deck changing; rather, they should note the gender and team of the swimmer as well as the location of the deck change and deal directly with the coach in question.

4.    If the coach of the swimmer(s) is uncooperative regarding requests to comply with getting swimmers to change in the designated changing areas, report details of the instance to the LSC Safe Sport Chair and General Chair for follow-up.


Hopefully this guidance provides LSCs, coaches, officials, athletes and their families a starting point for a discussion on how we can effect increased athlete safety and security by eliminating deck changing in our sport.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Breaststroke - Timing of Permissible Butterfly Kick After the Start and Turns

The following information came from Jay Thomas, Chair, USA Swimming Rules & Regulations Committee. This rule change goes into effect immediately.

1. On November 29, 2014, FINA convened an Extraordinary Congress in Doha, Qatar and adopted changes to FINA rules.

2. The Rules and Regulations Committee acting pursuant to the provisions of Rule 511.1, hereby amends the following rule to conform to the rules of FINA.

3. Rule 101.2.3 is amended – the underlined passage indicates the affected wording. “101.2.3 Kick – After the start and each turn, at any time prior to the first breaststroke kick a single butterfly kick is permitted. Following which, all movements of the legs shall be simultaneous and in the same horizontal plane without alternating movement. The feet must be turned outwards during the propulsive part of the kick. Scissors, alternating movements or downward butterfly kicks are not permitted except as provided herein. Breaking the surface of the water with the feet is allowed unless followed by a downward butterfly kick.”

4. The rule, as amended, is effective immediately.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Athlete Protection Training

The Safe Sport Committee voted to make the Athlete Protection Training good for two years instead of one year. As a result, all of the 12/31/14 APT expiration dates have been pushed back to 12/31/15. 

Effective on September 1, 2014 the APT expiration date is based on the year that the training was taken. For example, if you complete the training anytime between January 1 and December 31, 2015, the APT expiration date will be December 31, 2017 (if completed in January, you essentially get three years). Anyone completing the APT after September 1, 2014 and until January 1, 2015 will have an APT expiration date of 12/31/16.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

USA Swimming

LEAP Level 1