The USA Swimming Rules and Regulations may be altered, amended or repealed at the annual
meeting of the USA Swimming House of Delegates.
An amendment may be proposed only by an LSC, a duly constituted USA Swimming Committee, a member of the USA Swimming House of Delegates as identified in Article 507, the Board of Directors, the National Board of Review, or any Allied or Affiliate Member.
Any proposed amendment shall be submitted in such form as to show the entire section as it will read if adopted, with any changes in existing language single underlined if new and lined out (struck through) if deleted. It must be accompanied by a concise, but informative, rationale for the adoption and its proposed effective date. In addition, the name, address, telephone number and e-mail address of the proposer must be included (if the proposer is an entity, the same information of an authorized spokesman with authority to agree to changes in the submitted legislation).
Every proposed amendment must be submitted to the Chair, Jay Thomas and Secretary, Mickey Smythe of the Rules & Regulations Committee no later than May 15 preceding the annual meeting of the USA Swimming House of Delegates. Any legislation submitted after that date will require a vote of 90% of the House of Delegates for adoption.
All proposed amendments will be made available on the USA Swimming website not less than 75 days prior to the annual meeting of the House of Delegates.
All amendments to Part One of the Rules and Regulations approved by the House of Delegates shall become effective on May 15 of the year following their adoption, unless otherwise specified at the time of adoption. All other approved amendments to the Rules and Regulations shall become effective on January 1 of the year following their adoption, unless otherwise specified at the time of adoption.