Swimming and Diving
Swim & Dive


Weekly Announcements


Ready or not, the girls' season is upon us with first practices on Monday, February 25th. 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!

Beginning-of-Season Notes & Reminders
Rod Garman
Assistant Executive Director
Kansas State High School Activities Association
601 SW Commerce Place
Topeka, KS 66615
Work: 785-273-5329 / Cell: 785-633-1365
Coach Online Rules Exam
Available until March 18
Girls Beginning Practice Date
February 25
Girls Earliest Possible Competition
March 11
Girls State Meet
May 16-18

All high school head coaches must successfully complete Swimming/Diving Test Part 1 and score 90% or better. This online test is open and available to access until March 18. Be sure to contact your school's athletic director for instructions including your User ID and Password. Only those coaches who haven't already completed this requirement such as recent hires need to do this. The rest of you have already done so.

Member schools may apply per KSHSAA Rule #4 - ODP for their athletes to swim in these 2018-19 USA Swimming sanctioned meets:
TYR Pro Series
March 6-9, 2019
Des Moines, IA
Sectional/Regional VIII Senior Champs
March 7-10, 2019
Columbia, MO
NCSA Junior National Meet
March 13-17, 2019
Orlando, FL
NASA Junior National Championship Cup
March 19-23, 2019
Clearwater, FL
Junior National Championship Cup
March 20-24, 2019
Lynchburg, VA
TYR Pro Series
April 10-13, 2019
Richmond, VA
Voorhees-Maxfield Invitational
April 26-28, 2019
Topeka, KS
UMIZ Invite
April 26-28, 2019
Columbia, MO
OZ Classic
April 26-28, 2019
Wichita, KS
TYR Pro Series
May 17-19, 2019
Bloomington, IN

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. If an athlete competes in one of these meets prior to starting with your high school team, then you do not need to report it, nor does it count as one of the athlete's 10 meets since she was not a member of your team yet.

State Qualifying and Consideration Time Standards for 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. The boys' standards for 2020 have recently been posted on the KSHSAA Website as well.

See the KSHSAA Website for a link to this year's NFHS Rules Changes.

NFHS RULE #5 (Section 1, Article 1) - ORDER & 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.

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.

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 . . .

(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.