2017 MCSL Rule Change Proposals

By Reach for the Wall staff.

On February 9, 2017, the Board of the Montgomery County Swim League (MCSL) reviewed a large number of proposed rule changes with Team Representatives, who will vote on these proposals at the MCSL Reps meeting on March 9, 2017.

To help Team Representatives (and others) to better understand these proposals and to prepare for the March 9 vote, the MCSL Board has divided them into two separate files:

  1. MCSL Board proposed rule changes regarding the eligibility of a swimmer to swim on a team; and
  2. All other proposed rule changes that the MCSL Board and member teams have proposed.

These files contain the proposed rule changes (marked in red) along with the MCSL Board’s recommendation as to whether the rule proposal should be adopted.

The MCSL Board believes the eligibility changes (contained in #1 above) are necessary for the following reasons:

  1. To specifically ban the provision of financial inducements to USA Swimming registered swimmers that are not provided to non-USA Swimming registered swimmers; and
  2. To address concerns over the increased level of swimmer movement between teams, absent a change of family residence, that is impacting stability and competitive fairness within the league.

Any proposed changes that are approved by MCSL Team Representatives will take effect in 2017 (except either of the proposed distance rule changes, which will take effect starting in the 2018 MCSL season, if approved).

Note:  For a variety of reasons, Reach for the Wall will not be accepting comments with respect to these proposed rule changes.


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