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NCAA to follow international swimming rules

Change will go into effect for the 2017-18 academic year

The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel on Tuesday approved a proposal stating NCAA men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will follow the International Swimming Federation technical rules. This change, along with others approved, is effective for the 2017-18 academic year.

As the opportunities for swimmers to compete under USA Swimming and International Swimming Federation rules in the offseason continue to grow, it is believed that creating continuity between rules will benefit student-athletes.

This continuity will also benefit officials by ensuring consistency among the technical rules of swimming and diving.

The NCAA Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Rules Committee recommended the change.

Lighting systems

The panel also approved the use of lights or a lighting system in addition to hand signals used for the start of races involving deaf and hard of hearing swimmers. The lights or lighting system can be used to mimic the audio commands of the referee. The lights or lighting system must be fully integrated with the existing automatic timing system.

Diving

The panel approved establishing a diving-only dual meet format and a scoring format for those events.

In dual diving meets, when either team has three or fewer total participants per gender, the scoring of individual-event place values will be 7-5-4-3-2-1.

In dual diving meets, when either team has four or five total participants per gender, the scoring of individual-event place values will be 9-7-6-5-3-2-1, with only the best four contestants from each team scoring.

In dual diving meets, when both teams have six or more total participants per gender, the scoring of individual-event place values will be 16-13-12-11-10-9-7-5-4-3-2-1, with only the best six contestants from each team scoring.