NISCA Zone 6 News

November 2019 Edition

Welcome to the 2019 - 2020 Competition Season


I hope this Newsletter finds you doing well and having a great year so far. There is a lot happening in the Zone right now so I will try to include as much information as I can to keep you informed. - Mark Jedow , Zone 6 Director

Around the Zone


NISCA is currently looking for a new state representative for Arkansas. The job requires sharing information relevant to your state with the Zone 6 Director including State Meet dates, locations, and results from the state meet. It also requires relaying NISCA information concerning membership benefits and upcoming award program application deadlines with your state coaches. If you are interested please email me at or for more information.


State Meet Dates: February 28-29, 2020

Further Information can be found on the Arkansas Activity Association website:


From Ron Johns the Colorado State Rep:

The Officials-Coaches clinic was conducted in September with a focus on Rules, Rules, Rules including an interactive, you make the call. Where coaches and officials review situations and the audience selects from multiple choice the correct call.

Congratulations to Colorado Meet Official, Monica Abelein who has been selected to sit on the NFHS rules committee.

The Fall-Winter Coaches Invitational where all classifications compete together, is being held the 20-21 of December. Which typically is a very fast meet

The Girls State Meet will be in February with three classifications at a single venue running Thursday thru Tuesday the following week.

The Adaptive/United Athlete offering at the state meet continues to grow. At finals we have a demonstration heat(s) at the start of finals where any team member athlete that is classified by their school can complete. All receiving recognition and memento of their participation

I will have more to share once the girls season wraps up and the boys season begins.


Ron Johns

New Mexico

From Dave Barney - New Mexico State Rep,

First the Albuquerque Academy’s placed on the National Dual Meet Rankings for classification 11: Both boys and girls teams had over 5200 points.

Second the New Mexico State Meet is slated for:

February 21-22, 2020 at the Albuquerque Academy Natatorium

Further Information can be found on the New Mexico Activities Association website:

Cheers, Dave


From Linda Wiginton, Oklahoma State Rep:

The West Regionals will be in Edmond at the Mitch Park YMCA Feb. 7-8.

East Regionals will be the same weekend in Jenks.

The Oklahoma State Meet will be at the Jenks Aquatic Center on February 21 and 22.

Our first meet weekend was Nov. 1st.

Further information can be found on the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association wesbite:

Professionally yours, Linda Wiginton


The big news in Texas is the University Interscholastic League has decided to add Water Polo as pilot program sport to begin in the 2021-2022 school year. This has been a long process for the water polo community in Texas and they are excited about the opportunity to join the UIL as a pilot program in the near future.

The Texas Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association has a new website which can be found at

State Meet Dates:

February 14-15, 2020

Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center

University of Texas @ Austin

Further information can be found on the University Interscholastic League Website:

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Website Transition

NISCA is moving to a more secure website host provider over the next couple weeks. We have been told that some features of the current website will be offline for a few days as the transition to the new website host occurs. Please be patient if you have difficulty accessing the website during the transition.

NISCA U.S Paralympics Swimming All America Program

NISCA is excited to announce the addition of a the new NISCA U.S Paralympics Swimming All America Program. Over the past two years NISCA has worked closely with USA Para to develop an All America Award to recognize this growing group of Interscholastic Athletes.

There will be a separate application platform for submitting Para All America applications which will appear on the website.

NISCA U.S. Paralympics Swimming All America Program

87th NISCA Conference

The NISCA Conference will be held March 25-28, 2020 in Indianapolis. Coaches are encourage to register and order tickets to the Men's NCAA Meet early since ticket supplies are limited.

The registration form, hotel information, and conference agendas can be found on the NISCA Confernce Webpage:

Clinic Registration Form

Articles of Interest

Alaska High School Swimmer Disqualified Over Swimsuit Fit

As many have heard a swimmer in Alaska was disqualified for violating the NFHS and Alaska Swimming Suit Polices regarding adequate swim suit coverage.

5 Ways Young Athletes Can Reduce Stress and Anxiety

Girls and Concussions / Study ranks sports for concussion risk

Nutrition Ideas

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Coaches Shout Out!

Just wanted to pass along a Shout Out to coach Jason Pullano, who has been posting some great interactive ideas and coaching helps on the NISCA High School Swim Coaches Exchange group on Facebook. Also, congratulations Jason on your new arrival!

If you have not joined the NISCA High School Swim Coaches Exchange group on Facebook you are missing out on some great resources.