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NJS 12 & UNDER TECH SUIT RESTRICTION

NEW JERSEY SWIMMING AGE GROUP TECH SUIT RESTRICTION POLICY

(www.njswim.org)

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  • 1. Swimmers 12 years old and younger may not compete in a “Tech suit” (i.e. Bonded or mesh seamed suits) in a New Jersey Swimming, Inc. sanctioned or approved meets.
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  • *Age is determined by the 1st day of the meet*
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  • 2. Swimmers ages 12&Under may not compete in a “Tech” suit in a New Jersey, sanctioned or approved competition.  Starting November 1, 2017.
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  • 3. There is no “Tech” suit restriction for swimmers age 13 & over.
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  • 4. A “Tech Suit” is defined, as a suit that has bonded seams, Kinetic Tape, or Meshed Seams.  The suits banned suits will be posted on the New Jersey Swimming website by October 31, 2017. To see which suits are banned for 12&Under swimmers please check www.fina.org/content/fina-approved-swimwear.  This list shows FINA approved tech suits which are not permissible for 12&Under swimmers to wear in NJ Swimming sanctioned/approved competition.
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  • 5. Rule Enforcement and Penalty:  Swimmers that race in a restricted suit will be disqualified from that event.  Swimmers who are wearing restricted suits will not be permitted to compete in said suit.  However, they are able to change into an acceptable suit to swim.  No extra time before their race will be given to change suits.  If there is any question about a suit, it should be addressed to the meet referee prior to the start of the session. 
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  • 6. Coaches and Officials will be responsible for monitoring this Policy.  Coaches need to educate their teams and be willing to speak up if they see a swimmer with a suit on at a meet.  Officials should have the list of restricted suits available as a reference.  
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  • 7. The following statement shall be added to all meet announcements.


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“Tech suits” are not permitted at any meet for 12 & under swimmers. “Tech Suits “are defined, as a suit that has Bonded Seams, Kinetic Tape, or Meshed Seams.