The NFHS has made changes to Appendix B in the swimming rule book, but the folks at the UIL aren't budging. Read more here.
The “suggested” protocol for the use of electronic relay take off pads in Appendix B has been altered. However, for the forthcoming competition season, the established UIL protocol will be used.
That's right, fans. The mess created when we had Appendix B shoved down our throats a few years ago still hasn't been corrected here in Texas!
Pressured last year by high school coaches, the UIL (almost) met us in the middle. Catch up here (Article II).
In her final letter to coaches as TISCA president (read it here), Lubbock ISD diving coach Penny DiPomazio let swim coaches know where they stand:
The NFHS has made some clarifications concerning rules. These clarifications will be posted on the TISCA website and are also available at the end of this letter. If you still have some questions concerning rules please contact Frank Swigon for swimming or me for diving.
Competitive cheer is still not recognized as a sport. Read an interesting piece on the subject by Joshua Thompsonhere. Thanks for the heads up, BG!
Southlake Carroll's girls are the NISCA Power Points National Champs! Results are here. Kevin Murphy's boys' team earned runner-up honors. Several other Texas high school squads cracked the top ten in their respective divisions.
A&M's Steve Bultman has been added to the ASCA World Clinic line-up. Info on this year's clinic is here.
Oh no, it's not the good kind!!!
Had a warehouse job in college that was pretty crappy. Songs like this one blasting throughout the building made it even worse...
...the NCAA/PSU model for penalizing a club program?
Penn State University football has forfeited wins, been banned from the post season, agreed to pay a steep fine, been slapped with recruiting restrictions, and their players have become (to use the pro sports term) unrestricted free agents.
If a USA Swimming club program covered up abuse by one of its coaches, could/would USA Swimming take similar steps to penalize a team?
Wins - Could/would USA Swimming attempt to take away national, junior national, sectional, etc. team championships?
Could/would USA Swimming ban a program from Grand Prix, Sectional, National, etc. competitions?
Could/would USA Swimming hit an offending club with a big fine?
Could/would USA Swimming put a "hold" on a team's new & transfer swimmer registrations?
Could/would USA Swimming allow transfers from an offending swim club to be immediately eligible to swim for another club?
Could/would USA Swimming allow other swim clubs to openly recruit athletes from an offending club?
From Dan Stephenson's new book, The Underwater Window:
From the author:
In Chapter 4 of THE UNDERWATER WINDOW, readers get to meet Molly, a second potential love interest for Doyle Wilson. Doyle is not smooth with women. Swimming contributes to his awkwardness. It looms like a chaperone over all his potential romances. It also pushes him outside the social norms. The introduction to Chapter 4 talks about some of the counter-cultural aspects of swimming.
---Dan Stephenson, author of THE UNDERWATER WINDOW.
Swimming is counter-cultural. Swimmers are misfits in the world at large. Our culture says “if it feels good, do it.” Swimming does not feel good. The very purpose of swim practice is to make it hurt. Races are largely about pain management.
Our culture says “gratify yourself now.” Swimming involves delayed gratification. You peak for two meets a year. Every practice is geared toward the next big meet, which may be months away. Swimmers know they have to do the work today, day after day, in order to reap the reward tomorrow. For Olympic swimmers, the training strategy may have a two-to-three-year timeline.
Our culture says “make things easier on yourself”—buy fast food at drive-throughs; use the remote control so you don’t have to get off the couch. Swimming is inconvenient. Swimmers take the hard road. We wear baggy suits and paddles to increase resistance. We do no-breathers. We swim butterfly.
Our culture says “entertain yourself constantly.” Entertainment is a huge industry; being bored is a drag. Swimming is institutionalized boredom. It numbs the mind. You force yourself to do hard, boring things over and over. There is no scenery. There’s no chance to socialize with your head underwater.
Our culture says “it doesn’t matter who you are, it’s how you look.” Swimmers have hair that gets bleached and frizzed, then they shave it all off and look like cancer patients. Their teeth get discolored by the chemicals in the water. Swimmers develop monstrous shoulders, which is okay for guys, but female swimmers think the shoulders make them look unfeminine. Swimmers don’t have time to make themselves look pretty.
Our culture says “celebrity is everything.” We’re fascinated by celebrities. We want to know what they do in private, what’s in their trash cans. In swimming, there is maybe one celebrity per generation. It’s not enough to win an Olympic gold medal. You have to win more than four gold medals to be remembered by anyone outside of swimming circles by the time of the next Olympics. Do any non-swimmers remember Matt Biondi? Five golds, a silver and a bronze at the 1988 Olympics. Or John Naber? Four golds and a silver in 1976. If you want to be famous, swimming is not the most rational route. And celebrities don’t attend swim meets.
Our culture says “show me the money.” There’s hardly any money in swimming. The rare swimmer may make some money in endorsements, but there is no professional league and little prize money. Swimming takes up so much time, most swimmers can’t hold regular jobs while they train. In almost every swimming family, it costs a lot of money to swim when you add up swim club dues and travel expenses, not to mention the extra food.
The countercultural aspect of swimming is one of the things I dig about it.