Disqualification Codes

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Disqualification Codes

It is obviously disappointing for the swimmers, coaches and parents when a swimmer is disqualified during a competition.  However, it would be much worse if they did not learn from mistakes early in their swimming journey and then got disqualified in a county or regional event.

It is therefore really important that the swimmers understand what they have been disqualified for and learn from the experience.

The disqualification code used in results represents the best efforts of the person encoding the infraction reported by the official.

Sometimes this requires the use of a code which does not exactly match the infraction, but has been chosen as being in some sense ‘near’.

Please note officials only disqualify swimmers when they are certain there is a rule infringement, if there is any doubt then generally the swimmer will not be disqualified.

Other Codes:

  • DNC: Did Not Compete
  • DNS: Did Not Start
  • DNF: Did Not Finish

Please select the codes below for full details:

  • FINA: Codes from the Federation International de Natation.  These codes are used in many open competitions.

FINA Disqualification Codes