Swimming and Diving
Swim & Dive


Weekly Announcements


I hope the boys' swim and dive season has gotten off to a great start with the first couple days of practice in the books. Each week on Wednesdays during the season, I will be providing announcements/information regarding swimming and diving. This week I am sharing information I provided to coaches at the Kansas Swim Coaches Association (KSCA) Fall Clinic at Lansing High School on Saturday, November 3rd. I appreciated the invite and enjoyed seeing everyone there. Feel free to contact me anytime with questions, ideas, and invites to your meets. Good luck and have a great season!

2018-19 Important Dates

Coach Online Rules Exam
Boys Beginning Practice Date
Boys Earliest Possible Competition
Winter Moratorium (no practice)
Boys State Meet
Girls Beginning Practice Date
Girls Earliest Possible Competition
Girls State Meet
November 5 – December 7
November 12
November 26
December 23-27
February 14-16
February 25
March 11
May 16-18

Coaches Exam
All senior high varsity head coaches must successfully complete Swimming/Diving Test Part 1 and score 90% or better. This online test is open and available to access from November 5 – December 7. Be sure to contact your school’s athletic director for instructions including your User ID and Password. Those coaches who do not receive a score of 90% or better must take a Test 2. If they do not score 90% or better on the Test 2, their school’s name will be published in the Activities Journal. Any school whose coaches do not complete an online test by December 7 will pay a fine of $25.

KSHSAA Rule #40 (Section 2, Article 4)
"No student representing a member school shall participate in more than 10 meets during a season, exclusive of the state meet."

KSHSAA Rule #30 (Section 2, Article 2)
"A student who is enrolled at the start of a season of sport, must be a member of the squad for the majority of the scheduled varsity contests, in order to be eligible for postseason competition." Majority means over half. Thus, for schools with a 10 meet schedule, a team member must participate in at least 6 of the 10 meets to be eligible to compete in the state meet.

Olympic Development Program (ODP) – KSHSAA Rule #4
Member schools may apply per KSHSAA Rule #4 – ODP for their athletes to swim in these 2018-19 USA Swimming sanctioned meets:

KSHSAA Member Schools must apply by writing a letter on school letterhead, 30 days prior to the event, requesting approval for their athletes to swim in the USA Swimming Meet. The letter must be signed by: Principal, Athletic Director, Scholastic Swim Coach, & Athlete. These meets will count towards the limit of 10 meets for a season.

NFHS Rule #5 (Section 1, Article 1) – Order and Length of Events
If your school hosts a meet that does not follow the normal order and length of events such as a Relay Meet or Pentathlon Meet, be sure to request permission from the KSHSAA in writing providing meet details such as meet name, location, date, events, and participating schools. Requests can be emailed to rgarman@kshsaa.org.

Offseason Conditioning during the School Year - Tuesday after Labor Day until the Friday before Memorial Day
A school may not have more than one offseason conditioning program. It must be open to anyone enrolled in the school and must be voluntary. It is strictly for general conditioning (running, weights, flexibility exercises, agility drills, etc.) and cannot include use of specific sport equipment such as balls or include any sport specific instruction.

KSHSAA Rule #10 (Section 1, Article 5) – Tuesday after Labor Day until the Friday before Memorial Day
"During the school year but outside the season of a sport, coaches/coaches’ aides may not coach in practice or competition those students they will be coaching the following year in that sport."
. . . Cannot Coach Your High School Swimmers/Divers during the School Year Outside the Swim & Dive Season . . .

State Qualifying Standards and Consideration Times for 2018-19
State Qualifying and Consideration Time Standards for both boys and girls are posted on the KSHSAA Website (www.kshsaa.org – Under the “Athletics” Tab click on “Swim & Dive”) and listed in the Swimming & Diving Manual.

Swimming and Diving NFHS Rules Changes for 2018-19
See the KSHSAA Website for a link to this year's NFHS Rules Changes or click HERE.