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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Do Masters Rules Rule Or What In Open Water Butterfly?

According to the U.S. Masters Swimming rules, rule 101.3.3 allows swimmers to do one breaststroke kick per butterfly arm pull, although rule 101.3.2 states, "Both arms must be brought forward simultaneously over the water and pulled back simultaneously under the water throughout the race)."

Specifically U.S. Masters Swimming rule 101.3.3 that governs kicking on butterfly states, "All up and down movements of the legs and feet must be simultaneous.

The position of the legs or the feet need not be on the same level, but they shall not alternate in relation to each other. The breaststroke or whip kick may be used exclusively or interchangeably with the dolphin kick while doing the butterfly stroke at any time during the race. Only one breaststroke or whip kick is permitted per arm pull, except that a single breaststroke or whip kick is permitted prior to the turn and the finish without an arm pull. After the start and after each turn, a single breaststroke or whip kick is permitted prior to the first arm pull. A scissors kicking movement is not permitted
."

So should butterflyers who do open water swims or marathon swims or channel swims in America follow U.S. Masters Swimming rules or USA Swimming rules?

According to USA Swimming rule 101.3.1, "A scissors or breaststroke kicking movement is not permitted."

Perhaps FINA rule SW 8.3 may help American masters swimmers and race officials decide what is internationally acceptable? SW 8.3 states, "All up and down movements of the legs must be simultaneous. The legs or the feet need not be on the same level, but they shall not alternate in relation to each other. A breaststroke kicking movement is not permitted."

The decisions of the race director or observer and governing bodies of the competition, solo swim or relay will ultimately determine what is allowed by butter flyers in the open water.

* USA Swimming rule on butterfly kick is here.
* U.S. Masters Swimming rule on butterfly kick is here.
* FINA rule on butterfly kick is here.

Photo shows American open water swimming butterflyer Brian Suddeth who uses the standard butterfly double kick in an open water swim.

Copyright © 2013 by Open Water Swimming

1 comment:

  1. By Brian Suddeth:

    I go with FINA as the tie breaker. With all due respect to US Masters, their "butterfrog" kick rule doesn't agree with either USA Swimming of FINA. It's not the same stroke. I feel the same way about those who wear wetsuits in openwater swims which adds buoyancy, aids streamlining, and thus cuts down the time. Both of those add an asterisk on the performance for me.

    OWS 6.10 No swimmer shall be permitted to use or wear any device which may be an aid to their speed, endurance or buoyancy. Approved swimsuit, goggles, a maximum of two (2) caps, nose clip and earplugs may be used.

    OWS 6.11 Swimmers shall be allowed to use grease or other such substances providing these are not, in the opinion of the Referee, excessive.

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