March 20, 2018
Start Rule Goes in Effect May 1, 2018
In 2007, USA Swimming implemented a forward racing start certification protocol. Based on observation, coaches use their expertise to certify that each athlete is
capable of consistently and safely performing shallow forward racing starts on demand in 4 feet of water (The minimum depth for starts in competition is 4 feet.)
At the 2015 USAS Convention, the
USA Swimming House of Delegates adopted safety guidelines for
teaching and performing backstroke racing starts.
In 2018, the Operational Risk Committee’s recommendations for Backstroke Start Teaching Protocol and Certification were adopted.
The recommendations took care to keep this process as streamlined as possible for coaches
This new certification is now combined with the Forward Start Certification adopted in 2009. The new requirement (Backstroke Start certification) is to be effective on May 1, 2018.
The 2007 Forward Start Certification protocol and 2009 rule amendment requiring a depth of 6 feet for teaching racing start remain unchanged and in effect.
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