We follow the rules as set forth by the USMS governing board only if you intend to submit your yardage to the USMS Poastal Swim Meet.
Rules: The 2012 USMS Rules govern these events, including USMS Rule 102.14.1 regarding swimwear. Drafting, flotation, and propulsive devices (pull buoys, fins, paddles, wet suits, etc.) are not permitted. No more than two swimmers may share a lane. If a lane is shared, each swimmer must stay on his or her side of the lane during the entire race (i.e. no circle swimming). An adult acting as a starter/head timer/referee shall be present at all times during the swim. Each swimmer must have a verifier to count laps and record cumulative splits every 50 yards or 50 meters. The timing of the event may be done with a stopwatch or electronic timing device. Distances are to be rounded down to the nearest completed five yard increment (i.e., round 2764 yards to 2760 yards). See Location section for conversion from meters to yards for paper entries. Online entries will be converted automatically from meters to yards if necessary. One person may serve as a counter for no more than two swimmers per heat. No adjustment may be made for swims completed at altitude.
Unsporting Conduct: Any act of fraud, deception or dishonesty in connection with this event or knowingly providing false information including name, date of birth, age or gender on this event entry form may result in disciplinary action by USMS pursuant to USMS Rule 402.3, 402.4.3 and 402.4.4
Splits: Cumulative split times must be recorded to the nearest second (final times for national records to the nearest 100th) on the official event split sheet available at https://www.usms.org/longdist/1hr_3000_6000_splits.pdf . This split sheet must be kept for each swimmer.
ONLINE ENTRIES: If submitting your results online, please enter your total distance swum IN THE COURSE that you swam it and select the corresponding unit - yards or meters. You will then be asked to enter your 500 yard or meter cumulative split times for the One Hour Postal. At the bottom of the page, your Official Distance will be displayed in yards rounded down to the nearest 5 yard increment. IF you entered your total distance swum and your cumulative splits in meters, your Official Distance that will be displayed will have been automatically converted to yards and rounded down to the nearest 5 yard increment. Individuals entering online WILL NOT be required to submit a completed split sheet UNLESS that entrant has broken an individual national record. However, split sheets must remain available upon request of the event director; if it is not provided upon request, the individual entry and applicable relays may be disqualified. Please retain a copy of your completed split sheet for one year after the entry deadline.