How High School Times work in USA Swimming

How High School Times work in USA Swimming

It’s that time of year, when high school sections are approaching and families ask, “Can my high school swimmers' times be used to enter club meets?”

High school swimming rules are very similar to USA Swimming, but there are a few differences. USA Swimming rules allow results of swimming competitions that are not sanctioned by USA Swimming (i.e. high school) to be submitted to USA Swimming's database if they are observed by certified USA Swimming officials. The certified USA Swimming officials must be in attendance to verify compliance of the swims with that part of the USA Swimming rule that differs from the organization’s (i.e. National Federation of High Schools [NFHS]) rule.

High school championship meets are eligible to be observed.

The state high school meet will always be observed; sections meets are observed upon request. Forms for coaches to apply for observance and more detail information (including differences in high school versus USA Swimming rules) are available by clicking here.

As a parent or athlete, what do you need to know? 

1.     Requests for observed status may only be submitted through the athlete’s MN Swimming coach.

If you are a certified USA Swimming Stroke and Turn Judge and are willing to be an observer, let your MN Swimming coach know you are available.

2.     You may request collaboration between the MN Swimming coach and the high school coach to have the ID’s set-up in the high school team's database. But step aside when/if the conversation with the MN Swimming coach has occurred.

3.     Every effort will be made to observe a meet if a Form B is submitted by the MN Swimming coach. However, the process still requires two MN Swimming certified officials to volunteer and be present at both prelims and finals. If you are qualified and available to observe a meet, please let your swimming coach know. →

4.     Because USA Swimming and NFHS stroke rules are almost the same, a violation called by the high school officials will stand as a disqualified swim for USA Swimming. The observers will submit a report to MN Swimming after the meet. Swims that observers report in violation of USA Swimming stroke rules, even when it differs from the NHFS rules, will not be loaded into the USA Swimming database. 

If your swimmer is not swimming a section meet that is being observed, be aware that times from unobserved meets can be used for entry into MN Swimming Championships (MAC, MRC and State). However, Zones, Grand Prix, Speedo Sectionals, Junior Nationals, and National meets all require observed times if not from a USA Swimming meet. 

More information is available here. If you have any questions, please contact your swimmer's MN Swimming coach.​