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Rule updates, 2017

The following rule changes are in effect starting with the 2018 season Rules for Swimming the Strokes 6.b (Individual Medley): Stroke - The stroke for each one fourth of the designated distance shall follow the prescribed rules for that stroke, except in the freestyle, the swimmer must be on the breast except when executing a turn. Rules for Swimming the Strokes 6.c.i (Individual Medley): Intermediate turns within each stroke shall conform to the turn rules for that stroke, except that in the freestyle turn, the swimmer must return to the breast before any kick or stroke. (This does not apply for Individual Medley, since there are no intermediate turns in Individual Medley events). Rules for Swimming the Strokes 6.3.ii.3 (Individual Medley): Breaststroke to Freestyle - The swimmer must touch as described in 2.d above. Once a legal touch has been made, the swimmer may turn in any manner and must return to the breast before any kick or stroke. Rules for Swimming The Strokes 7.b Medley Relay - Four swimmers on each team, each to swim one-fourth of the prescribed distance in the following order: first, backstroke; second, breaststroke; third, butterfly; and fourth, freestyle. Rules pertaining to each stroke used as described in 6. (Individual Medley) shall govern where applicable. At the end of each leg, the finish rule for each stroke applies in each case. (Rule changes continue on page 4) Recap of rule changes from recent years Functions Required of MCSL Member Pools: In the interest of safety, all MCSL meets should be considered no drone zones and Team Reps and meet officials should do their best to prohibit the use of drones throughout competitions. Rule 2.f Uniform: A swimmer shall not wear a suit or cap bearing the name, insignia or logo of any team or pool other than the MCSL team represented by the swimmer. (This rule now applies to all MCSL meets. Previously the rule applied to MCSL Coaches Long Course, All Star Relay and Individual All Stars). Initial violations will result in a warning even if discovered after a race has been swum. Rule 8.d.i Certification: Currently certified referees may maintain their stroke and turn, referee and starter (only if currently a certified starter) certifications by attending the Advanced Referee Clinic. Rule 8.d.v CCSDA S&T Judges: A Country Club Swimming and Diving Association (CCSDA) certified Stroke and Turn Judge may be MCSL certified based on his/her CCSDA certification. Rule 9.b: The swim up rule has been clarified to state that swim ups may occur subject to the conditions set out in Rule 9.b.i through 9.b.iv if a team has fewer than four swimmers of the correct age and gender in an age group expected to be available to swim at the time entries are exchanged or at the scratch meeting before the meet and all the entered swimmers not scratched are maxed out on entries. Rule 11.u Awards in dual meets: Ribbons in individual events for the first six places with duplicates for ties. For relays, ribbons for the first four places with duplicates for ties. Rule 12.q Relay Carnival awards: MCSL medals for first place, ribbons for second through sixth place. Duplicates awarded for ties. Rule 13.v Awards for divisionals: In individual events, MCSL medals for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd; ribbons for 4th, 5th and 6th. In relay events, MCSL medals for 1st; ribbons for 2nd. 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th. Duplicates awarded for ties. Rule 18.a: Use of video or photographic equipment for verifying or over-turning of Disqualifications or Order of finish is prohibited. Rule 18.c and Rule 18.e.i Relay Take-off documentation: Dual confirmation of illegal take-offs is required; that is, both the side takeoff judge and the lane take-off judge must record that a particular swimmer left early for a team to be disqualified. Both the lane and side take-off judge shall sign the MCSL DQ slip for dual confirmed early take-off violations (see 18.c for additional signatures required). 

In March, 2017, at the monthy MCSL reps meeting, many rules were approved.

Please click here to read through all of this information. It will apply to all of the 90 teams in our league, and, of course, all of the swimmers, parents, and coaches.

Thank you!

​CCSDA S&T clinic rule - add 8.d.iv:  
8.d.iv. CCSDA Stroke and Turn Judges.  A CCSDA certified Stroke and Turn Judge may be MCSL certified based on his/her CCSDA certification.  
Swim suit rule – delete 15.i, delete 16.j delete 17.i.  Add 2.f   
2.f. Uniform.  A swimmer shall not wear a suit or cap bearing the name, insignia or logo of any team or pool other than the MCSL team represented by the swimmer.  
Relay carnival ribbons, update 12.q.   
12.q.  Awards.  MCSL medals for first place, ribbons for second through sixth place.  Duplicates awarded for ties.  
Relay Early Take-Off Violations, signatures required. Update 18.c and 18.e.i.  
18.c  Documentation. DQ cards are to follow the template provided by the MCSL. The DQ card must be signed by the disqualifying official(s), the referee and the swimmer’s coach or designated team representative. If a team wishes to have DQ’s handled by a representative other than the coach, that representative must be identified to the referee at the start of the meet.  
18.e.i  Dual confirmation of illegal take-offs is required; that is, both the side take-off judge and the lane take-off judge must record that a particular swimmer left early for a team to be disqualified.  Both the lane and side take-off judge shall sign the MCSL DQ slip for dual confirmed early take-off violations (see 18.c for additional signatures required).  Swimmers must be in a forward starting position when the relay exchange takes place.  
Rule 7. GENERAL – ELIGIBILTY OF A SWIMMER TO PARTICIPATE ON A TEAM   
 a) Purpose – To maintain a stable and equitable environment for team competition, it is expected that swimmers and their families will not seek to, nor be encouraged to, change MCSL teams unless the family moves residences. The MCSL’s eligibility rules are established with this expectation in mind, recognizing that an individual’s opportunity to participate with a particular team must be appropriately balanced against MCSL’s legitimate interest in maintaining stability and competitive fairness within the league.   b) Pool Membership - Each swim team member must be a member of the pool for which the swimmer competes.   c) Type of Membership - Each swim team member’s pool membership must be of the same type and on the same terms as a pool membership available to a non-swim team member.   d) USA Swimming Registered Swimmers - MCSL teams shall not provide USA Swimming registered swimmers, either direct or indirect, financial inducements that are not provided to any other non-USA Swimming registered swimmers. Direct financial inducements include, but may not be limited to, reductions of MCSL pool or swim team membership/program fees. Indirect financial inducements 
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include, but may not be limited to, reductions of any pool or swim team membership/program fees associated with the USA Swimming team (or affiliated organization) for which the swimmer participates that are contingent upon the swimmer’s participation on an affiliated MCSL Swim team.   e) Swim Team Members Employed at a Pool - A swim team member may not compete for a pool at which the member is employed unless the member is also a member of the pool. If the member competed in “A” meets, including Dual meets, Divisional Relay Carnival or Divisional Championships, for a different MCSL pool in the previous season, the member’s parent or guardian must apply to change teams (Section 7(h) of the MSCL rules) and must also be a member of the new pool.   f) Montgomery Village - Eligibility of swimmers competing for pools in Montgomery Village shall be determined by geographic boundaries set and amended from time to time by the MCSL Rules Committee in conjunction with the team representatives of the Montgomery Village pools.   g) Team Transfers – No Prior Board Approval Required   i) Change of Family Residence - A swimmer may change pool membership and MCSL team when the swimmer’s family moves residences. The swimmer has up to two years from the time of the move to make this change. A swimmer may not change teams during the swim season without the permission of the Rules Committee.   ii) Waiting List – A new swimmer who applies for membership in an MCSL pool and is put on a waiting list may join and swim for another MCSL pool until membership in the waiting–list pool is obtained. Once the membership in the waiting list pool is obtained, the swimmer may join and swim for that pool’s team with no loss of eligibility. However, the swimmer may not change teams during the swim season without permission of the Rules Committee.  iii) Swimmer Did Not Swim “A” Meets the Prior Season - If a swimmer did not participate in any MCSL “A” meets in the season immediately prior to the season for which the swimmer desires to make a change in team, the swimmer may transfer to another MCSL team without applying for approval from the Rules Committee.  iv) Withdrawal of Team from MCSL – If a swimmer’s team chooses to withdraw from the MCSL, the swimmer may transfer to another MCSL team without applying to the Rules Committee or sitting out a season. The swimmer must become a member of the new pool before the swimmer can compete for that pool.  h) Team Transfers – Board Approval Required i) Application Process - If a swimmer’s parent or guardian believes it is necessary for the swimmer to change MCSL teams and the family has not made a change of residence or met the other conditions of Section 7(g), the parent or guardian must submit an application, to the Rules Committee chairman, requesting to change MCSL teams.  1) The application must identify the circumstances requiring the change and must be signed by the parent or guardian.  2) Applications will not be accepted earlier than March 15th or later than May 1st of the year for which the change is sought.  3) For each application received, the Rules Committee chairman will notify the team representatives of both the swimmers current team and the MCSL team to which the swimmer is requesting to join.  ii) Issues to be Considered by the Rules Committee in Rendering its Decisions - The Rules Committee, in its sole discretion, may deny the application for change in team if it has evidence of recruitment or if it deems the transfer to negatively affect the MCSL’s legitimate interest in maintaining stability and competitive fairness within the league.  1) In order that families and teams have an understanding of the various issues that will be considered by the Rules Committee in granting or denying a request to change teams, the Rules Committee will post a document on the MCSL website that will identify issues the committee will consider during its deliberation.  
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iii) Final Ruling Date - The Rules Committee will approve or disapprove all applications no later than May 15th. If the transfer is approved, the swimmer must become a member of the new pool before the swimmer can compete for that pool.  iv) Denial of Transfer Request - If a transfer is denied or if a swimmer fails to apply, the swimmer may either continue to compete for their current MCSL team or may transfer to the team to which the transfer was denied but, in the case of a transfer, the swimmer will not be eligible to participate in “A” meets, including Dual meets, Divisional Relay Carnival or Divisional Championships, for their new team during the first season after the transfer occurs.  v) Rules Committee Transfer Decisions are Final – Any transfer decision by the Rules Committee under this section of the MCSL rules is deemed to be final and not subject to protest.   I) Recruitment – Consistent with Sections 1(a) and 7(a) of the MCSL rules, MCSL teams, including team representatives and coaches, shall not encourage swimmers and their families to change MCSL teams. Notwithstanding the above, recruitment shall not be deemed to have occurred if a swimmer transfers teams under conditions set forth in Section 7(g) of the MCSL Rules.   j) Team Notification to the Board - Team Representatives shall provide the Rules Committee a listing of all new swim team members that swam for another MCSL team the prior season. The initial listing must be submitted no later than June 15th with updates provided, as needed.    
    
  
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 Issues to be Considered by the MCSL Rules Committee in Rendering Team Transfer Request Decisions   
 Background  o MCSL was founded and organized as a league promoting team competition at the local community/neighborhood level. To this end it is MCSL’s desire that swimmers compete for their local community/neighborhood pool and the swimmer and family not seek to change pools unless there is a change of residence.  o MCSL recognizes that since its inception the county population and number of public and private pools have grown exponentially and as a result families and swimmers have numerous options when choosing a summer pool, including options that are not proximate to their residence. It is not MCSL’s intent to place a geographic limit on a family’s options with respect to which summer pool or MCSL swim team they choose. However, once a family has established membership at a local pool and a swimmer has begun competing for an MCSL swim team, it is MCSL’s strong preference that the swimmer continues to compete for that team unless the family changes residence.  o  MCSL recognizes that circumstances arise that may necessitate a family to request approval from the league for a change of team and the league has granted the Rules Committee the responsibility and authority to rule on such requests under the conditions specified under Section 7(h) of the MCSL Rules.  o  MCSL strives to foster team competition within a fair and equitable environment and the Board has the mandate to maintain stability and competitive fairness within the league.   Circumstances to be assessed by the Rules Committee in granting or denying team transfer requests include,  but are not limited to, the following: o Has there been a significant change in family circumstance that requires a change in team and does the new team alleviate the problem? o If the swimmer requests a transfer to a team that is not proximate to the swimmer’s residence or day care provider, why is the request being made? o Is there any evidence that the swimmer and family was recruited or incentivized to change teams? o Will the swimmers transfer significantly strengthen either individually or in conjunction with other requested transfers, the team for which the swimmer desires to transfer into? o Are there multiple requests to transfer into the same team and/or is there a history of transfer requests into the same team that might give rise to concerns that recruitment is taking place?  Rules Committee decision process o Given MCSL’s mandate with respect to maintaining a fair and stable competitive environment, transfer requests will not only be reviewed on their own merits but will also be reviewed in conjunction with other requests to transfer into the same team.  o The Rules Committee will rule on all transfer requests on or about May 15th.  o All transfer request decisions are final and not subject to protest.