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NOTICE TO PARENTS : RACING START SAFETY

From the USA Swimming office:
To  avoid risk  of  serious  injury,  no  swimmer  who has  not  been  properly  trained should attempt  to  perform  a racing start,  from  either  a  starting  block  or  the side  of  the  pool,  into less  than six  feet  of  water.

USA  Swimming has  implemented  a  racing  start  certification program  where  a swimmer’s  coach documents  his  or  her  professional  judgment  that  a  swimmer  has  demonstrated sufficient  skill  to  safely perform  a  racing  start  into  four  feet  of  water  in  competition.

There are  rare  occasions  when swimmers  may  participate  in swimming competitions  not  under  the supervision of  a  certified  home club  coach.  In  these situations,  it  is  the parent’s  responsibility  to make sure the swimmer  does  not  attempt  to perform  a  racing start  in less  than  six  feet  of  water  if  the swimmer  has  not been properly  certified  by  the  swimmer’s  home  club coach  to  do so.  (Additionally,  should this  situation arise,  the athlete  must  be assigned  to a  certified  coach on deck  at  the  meet.)  Coaches note: This situation is extremely rare on our team as we do not allow competition without a club Coach present.   You will typically see this at a meet that swimmers choose to compete in while on vacation.

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