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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

Important Officiating Change

At the recent boarding meeting, the board of directors made the following highlighted rule changes regarding the minimum number of officials at a meet. This change was made to conform to USA Swimming's LEAP standards. 

Article IX- Conducting a Meet - Section V- Conduct of Events - c. Officiating –

  1. The Meet Referee assumes control of the meet from the beginning of the warm-up period and assures that officials are properly briefed and in position.
  2. The number of officials shall be in accordance with USA Swimming Rules and Regulations.
  3. Teams shall notify meet director or meet referee of the availability of officials from their team (the meet director shall forward official information to the referee) to work the meet.
  4. At least one week prior to the meet, the meet director shall confirm with the referee the number of officials available for the meet. If this number is below the minimum set by USA Swimming, the meet director or their designee shall contact additional officials (via the OSI web site officials list, contacting the teams attending the meet, etc.).
  5. In the event that there are not enough officials
    1. ​The meet referee will notify the coaches at the coaches meeting.
    2. The session will be conducted, results will be produced only for the purpose of awards for the session.
    3. At the end of the session, the referee shall insure that any results for the session are purged from the meet.
    4. At the conclusion of the meet, the meet referee shall notify the OSI office and records chair that the meet contained a session that did not meet the requirements for the minimum number of officials and the results of the session were purged.
Tuesday, March 31, 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

Print your Credentials

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


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

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