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Technical Suits Banned for 12 & Unders

The USA Swimming House of Delegates passed a ban on technical racing suits for 12 & unders at the USA Swimming National Convention in Jacksonville, Florida. The ban will take effect September 1, 2020 to give manufacturers the opportunity to adjust production in advance of the change.

The ban includes exceptions for national championship meets, including Junior Nationals, US Open, National Championships, and Olympic Trials. 12 & under athletes who qualify for those meets will be able to compete in technical suits because they will be racing against older swimmers who would not be subjected to the ban.

Regional meets such as Sectionals, Futures and the Pro Swim Series are still subject to the technical suit ban for 12 & unders because qualifying times are not necessarily uniform across the country, potentially giving some 12 & unders an advantage over others.