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FINA “Officiating Swimming – Competitive Strokes” videos

The “Officiating Swimming – Competitive Strokes” videos are the FINA approved tools used for a better understanding of officiating in Swimming. Through this video FINA aims to uniform a pattern of interpretation and application of Swimming rules, thus raising the quality of officials.

Click on the links below to view the video in YouTube:

  1. Backstroke video
  2. Breaststroke video
  3. Butterfly video
  4. Freestyle video
  5. Individual medley video
  6. Relays video

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Note on Relays

“Watch feet then the touch”

The swimmer on the blocks may be in motion beginning the dive, but must maintain contact with the blocks until the approaching swimmer has touched the wall.

To correctly judge the takeover, observe the toes of the departing swimmer: when his/her toes leave the block, immediately drop your eyes to the incoming swimmer to ensure that he/she has touched.

If the incoming swimmer has not yet touched, an early takeover has occurred: wait until the completion of the race, then follow the process set for confirmation from the referee prior to informing the team of the disqualification.

Please listen to the Relay video from 52sec:
… where they make “Watch the (1) FEET then the (2) TOUCH” very clear.

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