2005-06 IHSAA Swimming and Diving

Rules Modifications and Interpretations




NFHS Rule 3-3-1

Situation:  A swimmer is wearing a) a swim suit containing a single manufacturer’s logo and a phrase that is trade-marked by the manufacturer as part of its marketing efforts, b) a swim suit with an appropriate size manufacturer’s logo and the phrase “Hard Work” stenciled on by the school’s supplier.  RULING: In a) illegal, in b) legal.   A phrase or slogan trade-marked by the equipment manufacturer is considered to be part of that manufacturer’s trade name.  Only one logo/trade name, of no more than 2.25 square inches, is permitted on a swimmer’s suit.   School-specific information, such as athlete’s name, school mascot, and school slogans, are not regulated by the rule. Rule 3-3-1.


The Speedo company has changed their logo so that the words “Speedo” and “Endurance” are incorporated into one logo, on one location on the swim suit.  As long as the logo does not exceed 2 ¼ square inches (prior to being worn), the swim suit is legal according to NFHS rules.



NFHS Rule 8-2-5

The individual medley begins with the forward start.  Competitors shall swim the butterfly for the first quarter of the required distance of the complete race, the backstroke for the second quarter, the breaststroke for the third quarter and any other stroke other than the backstroke, breaststroke, or butterfly for the last quarter.  Each section must be finished in accordance with the rule that applies to the style concerned.


Interpretation:  Competitors must use the backstroke finish during the individual medley.  Swimmers shall be disqualified for rotating to his/her stomach while finishing the backstroke leg.



NFHS Rule 9

A diver is disqualified from a diving competition because:

(a) he/she executes a dive other than that given on the score sheet; then on another dive falls into the water, thus making two infractions (failed dives) – correct procedure

(b) fails in the performance of two dives – correct procedure


Comment: In (a) and (b), the diver is disqualified immediately from competition. The intent is that a diver is disqualified if he/she fails in the performance of two dives. (9-7-5, 9-8-3)


Note:  A diver who scores zero points as the result of a balk, shall not be considered to have failed that dive.




Rule 4-1-1

The meet committee shall make decisions on matters not specifically covered by the rules or on the misapplication of a rule during a meet.  Judgement calls are not subject to review by this (meet) committee.  The decision of the meet committee is final.


Indiana Modification – The referee’s decision is final in all meet committee discussions.  The meet committee shall serve in an advisory capacity, and function only if the referee-starter wishes to consult with it.  All final decisions rest with the referee-starter. 



Rule 6-3-3

Automatic Relay Judging Equipment

Per National Federation Rule 6-3-3, the use of automatic relay judging equipment is permissible.  


If the electronic relay takeoff equipment detects a negative exchange differential (takeoff pad minus the finish pad time), a disqualification shall occur if there is a dual confirmation of a rules violation by:

1.    the electronic relay takeoff equipment and a human judge or,

2.    two human judges



During the 200 Medley Relay, the relay judging equipment indicates that all starts were fair.  However, an official signals a false start on the second swimmer in lane number two.



Since the automatic equipment did not appear to malfunction, the swimmer is not disqualified.


Rule 7-1-2d

Only two relay teams may score for each team in each relay event.



Team A’s Medley Relay teams finish first, second, and third.  Team B’s teams finish fourth, fifth, and sixth.



Team A receives points for first and second place.  Team B receives no points.



Rule 8-1-7

To finish the race, the swimmer shall contact the finish end in the manner prescribed.  When automatic timing/judging is used, the swimmer must contact the touch pad to finish the race.



In a race being timed with automatic timing, a timer stops his watch when the swimmer in his lane puts his hand in the gutter above the finish pad. RULING: Incorrect procedure. COMMENT: It is the swimmer’s responsibility to touch the pad. This swimmer has not legally finished the race.



IHSAA By-Law 15-1.1d

A few of our member schools have an individual student athlete who wishes to participate in swimming and diving.  Rule 15-1.1d addresses the procedures must be adhered to in these instances.  In general, all IHSAA policies and procedures must be followed by member schools that allow their student athletes to participate under this rule.  Below are guidelines for scheduling meets and determining competition formats:


1.    The host school must enter into a contract with each participating school (including schools represented by any individuals).  The contract must list all schools represented in that contest.


2.    All participating schools should be listed on officials’ contracts.


3.    The individual student athlete may participate using the following options:

      a.   Student athlete(s) may compete in invitationals.  Points earned should be applied to the varsity team score for his/her school.

      b.   Student athlete(s) may compete in junior varsity races.  Points earned should be applied to the junior varsity team score for his/her school.

      c.   In a six lane pool, student athlete(s) may compete in varsity races, provided the other two teams agree to submit two individuals for competition in that event (as in a three-way meet format).  All events shall be scored using the dual meet format, but all three teams shall score.

      d.   In an eight lane pool, student athlete(s) may compete in varsity races, and swim in available lanes.  Points earned should be applied to the varsity team score for his/her school.

      e.   The IHSAA does not permit exhibition races.


4.    During competition, the individual(s) member school must provide their own coach to represent the student athlete.  The representative shall serve as the team coach in all aspects of the competition, including coach’s meetings.  A coach may not work with athletes from different schools at the same time.