MISSOURI STATE ADOPTION OF
JEWELRY RULE 3-3-5 FOR SWIMMING/DIVING
By the approval of the MSHSAA Board of Directors, Missouri has adopted a more restrictive rule than the NFHS in regard to jewelry. This adoption was made for the sport of track and field for the 2010-11 school year, and it is being expanded to include swimming and diving for 2011-12.
Each swimming/diving meet should start with a coaches meeting prior to the start of the meet to handle scratches/adds and other meet information. The meet Director may run this meeting; however, the Referee/Starter will attend to administer a Jewelry Warning to the entire field. From this point forward, any violation of the Jewelry Rule will be a disqualification of the athlete from the event in which the violation occurred.
At meets where a coaches meeting is not possible, a request for an alternative method for issuing the Warning may be requested from the MSHSAA Office.
At the State Championships, the Warning will be included in the Team Packet which must be picked up by each HEAD COACH. A Warning will also be given during the meeet by the announcer.
The ultimate responsibility for having each competitor compliant with the uniform and the jewelry rule lies with the COACH.
This adpption also appears in the Swimming and Diving Manual, which can be accessed from the MSHSAA website, and as a stand-alone article in the swimming area of the website.