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2015-2016 Skyland Conference Pre-Season Swim Coaches Meeting
2015-2016 Skyland Conference
Pre-Season Swim Coaches Meeting
Attendance
Meeting was not held. Information was shared electronically.
Marry Ellen Pestrichelli, Skyland Conference Officials Assignor
 Rule Changes/Points of emphasis
o Lifting of the jewelry restrictions. The jewelry rule has been done away with. (If an
official sees a very large, potentially dangerous piece of jewelry, they may recommend to
the coach the athlete remove it, but that's it).
o Regarding athletes needing a note for wearing K Tape- a "certified medical professional,"
as stated in the rule book, has been clarified by the NJSIAA to mean a Physician.
Athletes who wear k tape must have a note by a physician, notes from trainers or school
personnel will not be accepted. If they do not have a note from a physician, they either
remove the tape or don't swim.
 Officials Assignments
o Please get schedules/changes to here ASAP
o Please review schedules on the Arbiter specifically start times
Skyland Conference Championships
 Meet Dates and times:
o Boys: Saturday, January 16th at 10:00am @ Montgomery H.S.
 Snow Date: Monday, Jan. 18th at 4:00pm @ Montgomery H.S.
o Girls: Saturday, January 16th at 4:00pm @ Montgomery H.S.
 Snow Date: Tuesday, Jan. 19th at 4:00pm @ Montgomery H.S.
o Boys & Girls Diving: Tuesday, January 26th at 5:00pm @ Montgomery H.S.
 Snow Date: Wednesday, January 27th at 5:00pm @ Montgomery H.S.
2015-2016 Divisional Alignments (see attached)
Old Business
 The Swim championships will now be a team scoring meet.
Items for the good of the Conference
 Additional Meets:
o Cougar Relays - Friday, 12/4/15 at 4:00pm @ Montgomery H.S.
o Cougar Invitational - Friday, 1/22/16 at 4:00pm @ Montgomery H.S.
o Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex – Saturday, 1/23/16 @ TBA
o Boys & Girls Somerset County Diving Championships - Saturday, 1/26/16 at 10:00am @
Montgomery H.S.
o Girls Somerset County - Saturday, 1/30/16 at 10:00am @ Montgomery H.S.
o Boys Somerset County - Saturday, 1/30/16 at 4:00pm @ Montgomery H.S.
Post Season Meeting
 Monday, 3/7/16 – 4:00pm @ North Hunterdon High School
Divisional Alignments 2015-16
Sport: Swimming - Boys
Division: Play each team 1 time
Crossovers: None
Delaware
Hunterdon Central
Bridgewater
Hillsborough
Watchung Hills
Ridge
Montgomery
Pingry
Raritan
Franklin
North Hunterdon
Phillipsburg
Warren Hills
Somerville
Voorhees
Bernards
Belvidere
Rutgers Prep
Sport: Swimming - Girls
Division: Play each team 1 time
Crossovers: None
Delaware
Hunterdon Central
Bridgewater
Hillsborough
Watchung Hills
Ridge
Montgomery
Mt St Mary
Pingry
Raritan
Franklin
North Hunterdon
Phillipsburg
Warren Hills
Somerville
Voorhees
Bernards
Belvidere
Rutgers Prep
SWIMMING BY-LAWS
1. All cheers will be appropriate in nature.
2. All Federation rules will be in effect.
3. See enclosed All-Conference selection process.
Swimming and Diving Rules Changes - 2015-16
By NFHS on April 16, 2015coaches
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3-3-5, 6: The prohibition of wearing jewelry has been removed from the rules for swimming and
diving competition. As in previous years, the wearing of a medical alert with the alert visible
continues and is encouraged for the purposes of risk minimization.
Rationale: The prohibition of jewelry is not necessary in swimming and diving. The wearing of
jewelry ordinarily presents little risk of injury to either the competitor or opponents. Elimination of the
rule allows officials to focus on meet administration directly related to competition. Coaches continue
to have the obligation to see that competitors are properly equipped.
4-1-7: Requires swimming and diving officials dress in the same uniform attire as approved by the
state association and no longer considers white as the default uniform.
Rationale: Due to the many variations in the officials uniform, it is more practical that the state
association determine the appropriate swimming and diving uniform for officials.
4-3-1a, b: The starter may designate another individual to sound a device for the lead swimmer
during the 500-yard/400-meter freestyle when the lead swimmer has two lengths plus 5 yards
remaining in the race.
Rationale: During the 500-yard/400-meter freestyle event, the starter may have multiple tasks
occurring at the same time. The starter may designate another individual to sound a device for the
lead swimmer during the 500-yard/400-meter freestyle with two lengths plus 5 yards remaining to
swim in the race.
9-6-1: The judging panel in diving may or may not include the diving referee.
Rationale: Clarifies the diving referee may be one of the judges on the panel or a separate official.
2015-16 Swimming and Diving Editorial Changes
Suggested Meet Warm-up Procedures, 2-NOTES, 2-7-3 NOTE, 3-3-2d
2015-16 Swimming and Diving Points of Emphasis
1.
Uniform responsibilities – making sure you have it right
2.
Focus on risk minimization in development of warm-up procedures
3.
Coaching starts and turns can prevent injuries
4.
Ensuring the 15-meter mark is clearly visible
5.
Preparing the lap counter
All-Conference Swimming Selection Process
Selection of the first team
 Only athletes that compete on a school team will be eligible for all-conference awards.
Swimmers that are not on a school team are only eligible for honorable mention awards.
 All submitted times must have been swum at a high school meet during the current season.
 The fastest time from each event (by division) will automatically be nominated for the first
team.
 Each coach can nominate an additional swimmer (1 per school) if they feel another
swimmer deserves consideration.
 If there are no nominations from a coach, then the swimmer with the best time for that
event will be selected to the first team.
 If there is more than one nomination for a particular event, then a discussion will take place.
The coaches that nominated the swimmers must be prepared to give reasons why their
swimmer should be selected first team.
Please have the following available:
 Times (must be able to be verified)
 Dual meet records
 State results
 Once the discussion is completed, then all coaches (1 per School) will vote on that event.
 Each event will follow this process.
 If the swimmer with the best time (by division) is not selected to the first team, then they
will automatically be selected to the second team.
Selection of the second team
 Only athletes that compete on a school team will be eligible for all-conference awards.
Swimmers that are not on a school team are only eligible for honorable mention awards.
 The next best time from each event (by division) will automatically be nominated for the
second team.
 Each coach can nominate an additional swimmer (1 per school) if they feel another
swimmer deserves consideration.
 If there are no nominations from a coach, then the swimmer with the next best time for that
event will be selected to the second team.
 If there is more than one nomination for a particular event, then a discussion will take place.
The coaches that nominated the swimmers must be prepared to give reasons why their
swimmer should be selected second team.
Please have the following available:
 Times (must be able to be verified)
 Dual meet records
 State results
 Once the discussion is completed, then all coaches (1 per School) will vote on that event.
 Each event will follow this process.
Honorable mention selection
 Each school will be permitted one swimmer to be named as honorable mention.
 No selection process is needed as it is up to each individual school to select a swimmer that
they feel deserves recognition.
 No certificates will be given for honorable mention.
Notes:
 Coaches my nominate swimmers from other teams, but only one nomination per coach per
event.
 A swimmer can only be named to the first or second team for one individual event. A
swimmer that has been named to the first or second team can also be named to multiple
relay events, first or second team.
 A swimmer cannot be named to the first team in one individual event and to the second
team in another individual event or vice versa.
 A swimmer that was not selected to the first or second team in an individual event can be
named to the first or second team for multiple relay events.
 Awards Count: first team boys=20, first team girls=20, second team boys=20, second team
girls=20.
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