The FINA Congress was held in Barcelona in conjunction with the FINA World Swimming Championships in July 2013. As part of this Congress, the delegates look at changes to FINA Swimming Rules for the next four years.
There were a number of items up for discussion at the Congress, and a summary of the changes to the technical swimming stroke rules are outlined below.
These changes came into effect worldwide on the 25th September 2013; however, Swim Ireland made the decision not enforce the new rules until Friday 1st November. This delay was implemented to allow a session to take place with Senior Officials and at the Coaches Forum to go through the interpretation of these rule amendments and answer any questions people may have had.
Summary of changes:
Swimmers can only be totally submerged during the turn and for a distance of 15m after the start and turn (SW 6.3). Swimmers can no longer be submerged at the finish.
After turning on to the breast “an immediate continuous single arm pull or immediate continuous simultaneous double arm pull may be used to initiate the turn.” (SW 6.4)
Proposed changes regarding butterfly kicks at the start and turn were not accepted by the Congress.
It is not permitted to roll onto the back at any time (SW7.2), except at the turn after the touch of the wall where it is permissible to turn in any manner as long as the body is on the breast when leaving the wall
During the kick (SW7.5) Alternating movements or downward butterfly kicks are not permitted
At each turn and at the finish of the race (SW7.6), the touch shall be made with both hands separated and simultaneously at, above, or below the water level.
It is not permitted to roll onto the back at any time (SW8.1), except at the turn after the touch of the wall where it is permissible to turn in any manner as long as the body is on the breast when leaving the wall
During the arm pull (SW8.2) both arms shall be brought forward simultaneously over the water and brought backward simultaneously under the water through-out the race,
At each turn and at the finish of the race (SW8.4), the touch shall be made with both hands separated and simultaneously at, above, or below the water level.
A number of changes were also made to rules under Management of Competition, Seeding of Heats, Semi-Finals and Finals, the Race, and World Records. These can be found in the updated FINA handbook and will be implemented as required.
For those of you who are interested, a full copy of the FINA Swimming Rules 2013-2017 can be found at http://www.fina.org/H2O/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4161&Itemid=184Read More