you’re new to swimming, or even new to USA Swimming, you might be
wondering what you’re getting (or gotten) into!
Never fear – here’s a
quick primer on the basics.
The following information comes from USA Swimming.
This site is a great resource for learning about our sport. As you
survive your first few meets, you’ll probably find yourself digging
deeper for more information about qualifying times, rules, procedures,
and so on. Chances are, if you look around on the USA Swimming web site,
you’ll find the answers to your questions.
– This is a good introduction to USA swimming rules – it’s a short page
that lists the most common reasons swimmers are disqualified in each
Note: this page contains links to the official rules, which can get
pretty technical. It’s not easy reading, but if there’s any doubt about a
rule, you should find the answer here. There is a short version of the
rule book that contains only the technical rules - this is an excellent
reference document, and it will address 99% of rule questions.
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