FRIDAY, MARCH23,1962 THE MICHIGAN DAILY
IN NCAA MEET:
'M' Freestylers Will Not Be at Disadvantage
FRANK BERRY JIM KERR
.. relay anchor man ... trouble with flip
'BECOME MORE SKILLFUL:'
Cae Rule Changes
By BILL BULLARD
Michigan's freestylers will not
be at a disadvantage in the NCAA
Swimming Meet even though they
will have to make a hand touch at
the end of each pool length, says
coach Gus Stager.
The Big Ten has allowed its
freestylers to make flip turns
without touching the end of the
pool with a hand for the past two
seasons. But the NCAA rule is
that freestylers must make a hand
touch. In the NCAA Meet, Big Ten
freestylers will be competing
against swimmers that have been
under the hand touch system.
The meet will take place a week
from today in Columbus.
Concern to Sprinters
Stager said that the adjustment
to the hand touch system would be
of real concern only to the sprint-
ers. "There are two different types
of flip turns," he said. "The dis-
tance swimmers use a long, easy
turn. They coast as they come to
the end of the pool and take more
of a diving turn than the sprinters.
"The sprinters use their stom-
ach muscles more and flip with a
fast, snapping action," he said.
"They start their turn farther out
from the end of the pool."
Jim Kerr is the only Wolverine
who has any trouble with the hand
touch flip turn. Stager said that
he isn't worried about Kerr or his
other sprinters because they have
had lots of practice with the hand
The NCAA Swimming Rules
Committee has turned down pro-
posals to abolish the hand touch
rule five times. The last time this
rule was retained by the commit-
tee, it was despite the vote against
it by a majority of collegiate
Several years ago the Rules
Committee did abolish the hand
touch for high school swimming.
Stager said this was because the
high schools threatened to pull out
of the organization.
"I've always been against the
hand touch rule, ever since my
college days," said Stager. "Swim-
ming is the only sport in which a
contestant can be thrown out of a
race for such a minor infractiomn
"The biggest thing about the
hand touch is that it's difficult
to see and hard to officiate. It's a
rule that can't be enforced. If a
swimmer touches the end of the
pool 1% feet under water, it's hard
Easier To Tell
It is much easier to tell if a
swimmer has touched the end of
the pool with his feet on a flip
turn than with a hand touch,
Stager said. Besides, if a sprinter
does flip and miss the end of the
pool he could lose the race be-
cause he wouldn't be able to push
off from the end of the pool.
This very thing happened to
Dennis Floden in the preliminaries
of the 50-yd. freestyle at the Big
Ten Meet. Floden was inches be-
hind the leader in his heat, but
when he tried to go into the turn
simultaneously with him, he
missed it and was just barely able
to push off for the second length.
He finished fourth when his turn
left him in last place and he
wasn't able to regain the lead
the short distance left.
Stager estimates that a swm-
mer can cut about .5 off his time
for 100 yds. by not using a hand
touch. He suggested that two sets
of records might have to be count-
ed for a while, those made with
hand touches and those made
In any case, the American free-
style record-holders are those cur-
rently swimming and they would
hold the records no matter if they
used a hand touch or not. It would
make their records slightly faster,
however. There is no problem in-
volved in international competi-
tion because world records are not
recognized in any pools that are
not 50 yds. long.
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MOSCOW (AP) - The Rus-
sians, who never have been able
to beat the United States in bas-
ketball, now want to change the
The coach of the Soviet' s Na-
tional team, Stepan Spandaryan,
told Tass, the Russian news agen-
cy, in an interview yesterday that
basketball "must become more
skillful, athletic, faster and, hence,
more exciting for players and
1. Increase the size of each team
from five players to six or seven.
2 Permit substitution without
3. Break the game into four
quarters of 10 or 12 minutes each
instead of having two halves of
20 minutes each.
4. Cut the period the ball may
be held under the net before a
shot from 30 seconds to 20 sec-
Spandaryan said the most im-
portant proposal was that of re-
placing players during the game
without stopping play.
S"The new rule would greatly en-
hance the role of the coach," Tass
reported from the interview. "He
becomes an active player, the con-
ductor for the whole team.
of the next world's championship
Spandaryan said also the tactics
of the game must be changed to
become "more simple and econ-
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