The Rules of Swimming

Jessica Evans

In our weekly newsletter today, a common thread was that our LCA coaches at all three LCA locations are busy teaching stroke technique and the rules of swimming. Each location is practicing drills and technique work that includes the rules for freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly, and everyone is practicing the starts and turns for each stroke and the intermediate turns for the IM events.

Proper stroke technique and the correct application of the rules of swimming take time to master at practice. When a swimmer has a stroke infraction at a meet, the swimmer will receive a “DQ,” which stands for “disqualification.” A DQ is really just feedback on your stroke mechanics, and an opportunity to learn how to swim correctly. At swim meets, officials with a minimum of 40 hours of on-deck training will record any stroke violations and notify the swimmer or coach, with the goal of helping to provide valuable feedback about how the swimmer is doing, so the feedback can be used to swim correctly at the next meet.

In case you’re wondering where to find these rules, there is an excerpt of the rules posted on our website (click here). The excerpt comes from the 2020 USA Swimming Rules and Regulations handbook, which includes the rules for competitions in the United States.

Make sure you are coming to practice every day, so you can learn and practice correct stroke technique and the rules of swimming. Your coaches are the best source of feedback to learn to swim!