REPORT: High school swimmer disqualified from race over American flag on cap, dad says

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A high school swimmer was disqualified from a race after the American flag patch he donned on his cap was ruled to be too large, according to the swimmer’s father.

Rob Miller said that his son, a 16-year-old sophomore at Morristown High School in New Jersey, had worn the patch in honor of his grandfather, who died in the Sept. 11 attacks in New York.

The meet was during Morristown’s Senior Night against Parsippany Hills High School.

The opposing coach waited until the 400-meter free relay race was completed before having the emblem measured, according to Miller.

On Twitter, Miller wrote, “Yes, the issue is the coached waited until after the swim to get the DQ, deciding to put the burden of a ‘loss’ on a 16 year old, letting down all the Seniors that won their last dual meet of their HS careers.”

“He usually wears the team cap or another colored one inside out, no logo/flag. The one time he wears this in a meet and the coach DQ’d him. Unreal luck,” Miller said in another tweet.

On Instagram, the Morristown swimming team said that “everyone knows motown boys were the real winners.”

According to The National Federation of State High School Associations Swimming and Diving, the rule rules states:

“One American flag, not to exceed 2 inches by 3 inches, may be worn or occupy space on each item of uniform apparel. By state association adoption, to allow for special occasions, commemorative or memorial patches, not to exceed 4 square inches, may be worn on the uniform without compromising its integrity.”

In a later tweet, Miller wrote, “Guessing it could be a ‘political statement.'”

Miller later tweeted, “Thanks very much for the support on the my son’s swimming DQ. Tough rule with a harsh penalty but we’ll learn from this. My son wishes no ill will on the opposing team and just wants everyone to get back to swimming. Hopefully the spirit of this rule can be changed in the future.”


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  1. Insane rule! It was an American competing against another American in America. What difference does it make if his entire swim cap was covered in American flags????? When we can no longer wear American emblems in our own country I totally want to throw up my hands and scream in disgust!!! Who makes these asnine rules??? I’m proud and grateful to be American. If you’re not, I suggest you leave!!!

  2. As a former swim coach, yes, this is a rule. However, the meet referee or starter could have mentioned it to the swimmer before he swam. Poor sportsmanship on the opposing coach!


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