This page has been designed as a quick reference guide to any new rule changes and interpretation of rules already in use.  They have been divided into the individual strokes, individual IM and relays for easier access to the interpretation that you might have a question on.  Also included are miscellaneous rule interpretations that come down from USA Swimming.    
 
 
INTERPRETATION OF USA SWIMMING RULES AND REGULATIONS
USA Swimming Rules & Regulations Committee
 
 
 
 
 
Interpretions prior to 01/01/13
 
BACKSTROKE
 
BREASTSTROKE
Head not up (11/18/12)
 
BUTTERFLY
 
FREESTYLE
 
INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY
 
 
FALSE STARTS
 
RELAYS
Article 102.24.1 Requirements for Official Time for a Relay (09/14/19)
  • From HOD at convention
    • 102.24.1 Requirements for Official Time -  For a relay lead-off time to count, there must be four eligible swimmers on the relay.  A lead-off swimmer’s time shall not be nullified by a subsequent disqualification of his/her team members.  (In other words, a team can’t field a relay team with less than 4 eligible swimmers and get the lead-off time to count.)  Special relays for fun and not for an official team time would not be impacted by this rule.
 
SWIMSUITS
Approved Swimwear (06/25/09)
Change to Swimwear Advertising Rule - 102.8.3 A (1)  (04/13/15)
          "(1) Swimsuits - A total of two separate advertising logos of a maximum size of 30 square centimeters   (4.65 square inches) each, as measured as applied, shall be permitted."
 
TAPING
 
MEMBERSHIP
 
CHANGES TO TECHNICAL RULES