Reasons for DQ

Reasons for Getting Disqualified (DQ’d)

If your swimmer gets disqualified, the coaches will receive a form from the meet official stating the swimmer’s name and reason for disqualification.  Often these forms won't reach the coaches immediately; this could take up to an hour after the race.  In many cases, the swimmer will also be notified from an official on deck.  Their time will not count, nor will they place in the overall results of that specific event.  It is not a big deal, but rather a learning experience, so please emphasize this with your swimmer should it happen.  In most cases, any swimmer ages 6 and under who attempts to swim the appropriate stroke will not be disqualified; however, swimmers in this age group will be disqualified if they swim freestyle in the breaststroke event or if they do something to make an unfair forward advancement, i.e pull on the lane line or jump off the bottom of the pool.  If they choose to swim 'up' in an 8 and Under event then they are subject to all disqualification rules.  If you see a ‘DQ’ by your swimmers event, please come speak with their coach after the meet or after practice so you can understand the reason.  


  • Pushing off the bottom
  • Not touching the wall during a turn


  • Turning over on stomach 
  • Shoulders past vertical- rolling too far to the side
  • Using the lane rope to advance
  • Pushing off the bottom


  • Not touching the wall with two hands simultaneously on both the turn and finish
  • Turning on back
  • Pushing off the bottom
  • Pulling past hips with arms
  • Alternating kick
  • Not breathing every arm stroke


  • Turning on back at any time during the race
  • Not touching the wall with two hands simultaneously on both the turn and finish
  • Arms not brought out of the water simultaneously 
  • Arms didn’t come out of the water on recovery (underwater recovery)
  • Alternating kick, or scissor, or breaststroke kick


  • Diving in before the swimmer has touched the wall
  • Any stroke infraction mentioned above will disqualify the entire relay team