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.
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.
On Oct 20, Stan Benson and Gene Mielke both received Distinguished Service awards from the Oregon School Activities Association. They both received plaques in recognition for their long time service to the OSAA High School Swimming Program. Stan has volunteered for the OSAA State Swimming Championships for 28 years, and Gene for 27 years. They have both spent countless hours volunteering for the meets during the season and the District meets. Be sure and congratulate them when you see them on deck!
We are going to start a new practice at Oregon Swimming. All certified officials will print their own deck credentials. Trainees will continue to receive their Trainee credentials in the mail from the OSI office. When you complete your registration requirements, Oregon Swimming will send you your USAS registration card for that year. You will then print your deck credentials. To print your credentials, you will need to log in to the USA Swimming website, go to "Member Resources", to the "Official's Tracking System (OTS)", and then to “My Certification Card". From here, you will scroll down until you see your Oregon Card and, if you are nationally certified, your USA Swimming card. Print your cards. These credentials will always be up to date, reflecting your current certifications and your background check, athlete protection training and registration expiration dates.
If you need help with this process, please don’t hesitate to contact me or your Area Chair for assistance.
See you on deck. Julie
Article 102.9.1E states, “Any kind of tape on the body is not permitted unless approved by the Referee.” The intent of this rule is that no tape be allowed unless it is needed for valid medical reasons. Regardless of any medical reason, tape should not be allowed if it will provide any kind of competitive advantage to a swimmer. For example, a bandaid applied to a cut or an open wound would be considered necessary for medical reasons, but would not provide any competitive advantage to a swimmer and therefore should be allowed. However, if a swimmer was required to tape all of his fingers together for a good and valid medical reason, it should not be allowed because, regardless of the medical reason, it would provide a competitive advantage to the swimmer. One of the more common types of taping is known as kinesio taping. Although there may be a valid medical reason for using it, it is considered to provide the swimmer with a competitive advantage and should not be allowed. In all cases, the use of tape must be approved by the referee and only if it does not provide a competitive advantage to the swimmer.
It is an honor to serve you as Oregon Swimming's Official's Chair and I appreciate the opportunity!
Bob McMillan's commitment and dedication to the sport of swimming is inspiring to me as I am sure he is to each of you. I especially want to thank him for his leadership and all he has done to serve the Oregon Swimming community. If there is anything I can do for you, please do not hesitate to contact me. I welcome your suggestions and feedback.
Looking forward to seeing you on deck! Julie Carpenter