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BAN ON TECHNICAL SUITS FOR 12&U EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 2019

EFFECTIVE DATE CHANGED FOR HAWAIIAN SWIMMING:

Hawaiian Swimming BoD voted to implement the Tech Suit Ban for 12&Under athletes in Hawaiian Swimming Sanctioned meets starting this coming September 1, 2019. This is in concert with many other western zone LSC's, and with Western Zones this August 2019. The Rule Book for USA-Swimming reads:

102.8.F No Technical Suits shall be worn by any 12 & Under USA Swimming athlete member in competition at any sanctioned, approved or observed meet. [Effective September 1, 2020 {for USA-Swimming}]
(1) Exceptions to the foregoing restriction are only for Junior Nationals, U.S. Open, National Championships, and Olympic Trials.
(2) A Technical Suit is one that has the following components:
a. Any suit with any bonded or taped seams regardless of its fabric or silhouette; or
b. Any suit with woven fabric extending past the hips.

(Note: WOVEN FABRIC — A suit with woven fabric and sewn seams that does not
extend below the hips is permitted.)
(Note: KNIT FABRIC — A suit with knit fabric and sewn seams not extending below the
knees is permitted.)

Click this link for more information on this ban from USA-Swimming.

USA Swimming Technical Suit Ban posted on Jan 1, 2019.....

The House of Delegates voted to ban Technical Suits worn by 12 & Under USA Swimming athlete members at any Sanctioned, Approved or Observed meet, with the exception of the following National events: Junior Nationals, US Open, National Championships, as well as the Olympic Trials.

A Technical Suit is one that has the following components:

  1. Any suit with any bonded or taped seams regardless of its fabric or silhouette; or
  2. Any suit with woven fabric extending past the hips.

(Note:  WOVEN FABRIC – A suit with woven fabric and sewn seams that does not extend below the hips is permitted.)

(Note:  KNIT FABRIC – A suit with knit fabric and sewn seams not extending below the knees is permitted.)

The legislation will be implemented in September 2020, allowing adequate lead time for the suit manufacturers to update current suit styles, develop relevant new styles, manage existing inventory and planned production, and incorporate the appropriate identification on the suits.