2012-13 Swimming and
Diving Rules Changes
3-3-2 Clarifies the penalties for a swimmer
or diver wearing illegal attire such as an illegal cap and separates these
penalties from the penalty for illegal construction of a swimming suit.
states the penalty for the wearing of illegal attire is separate from an
illegal suit. Previously, a specific penalty was not associated with this
is permitted to treat a documented medical condition providing the meet referee
is presented with signed documentation from an appropriate health-care
professional prior to the start of competition.
a procedure, by rule, to follow at the local level when a competitor needs to
use tape. The procedure does not require individual state association action.
initiation of the turning action in the backstroke may be initiated by an
upward or downward, underwater movement of the head.
swimmer may lift the head to begin the rotation necessary to begin a flip turn.
The addition of the word “upward” provides clarification for legality of the
turn and will avoid unwarranted disqualifications.
the start or turn, the initiation of the arm stroke shall be accomplished by a
discernible horizontal separation of the hands.
clearly defines the initiation of the stroke as a discernible horizontal
separation of the hands. This will assist in greater consistency while judging
the beginning of the breaststroke.
order of divers in a championship meet is determined by the meet director using
a seeding method based on scores or by lot. With no action from the meet
director, the default method for determining the order of diving in a
championship meet is by lot.
rule should include the standard method (default method) for determining the
order of the diving competition absent any action by the meet director.
2012-13 Major Editorial Changes
the Note regarding the wearing of a suit with the FINA mark to a part of the
steps, hops, leaps and/or jumps may occur during the diver’s initial steps and
before the culminating hurdle in the forward approach.
B Suggested protocol for electronic relay
judging equipment specifies when the relay takeoff judge’s observation shall be
considered to confirm a disqualification.
2012-13 Editorial Changes
3-5-3, 4-1-4, 9-4
2012-13 Points of Emphasis
on site and sports hygiene
with FINA barcode
team attire may be adjusted to become legal