INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A change in the kicks allowed for swimmers in the breaststoke highlight the six rule changes approved by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) in swimming and diving for the 2013-14 season.
High school swimmers in the breaststroke event will now be permitted to execute a single butterfly kick on the start or turn at any time prior to the first breaststroke kick following this rule change, which was one of six approved by the NFHS Swimming and Diving Rules Committee at its March 24-26 meeting in Indianapolis. All rules changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors. The kick change in the breaststoke is designed to create consistency to other strokes and make it easier for officials to judge the legality of kicks.
Other rules changes concern the action of disqualified swimmers prior to races, the use of new starting blocks in new or improved constructions, changes allowing for increased use of technology to record performance, and one rule change specific to diving which clarifies a specific term for straight body position dives.