12&U Tech Suit Ban INFO

Hawaiian Swimming voted to ban tech suits for all swimmers 12 years and younger as of September 1, 2019. This is in concert with many other western zone LSC's, and with Western Zones this August 2019. Below, are some snippets that identify what is and what isn't considered a "tech suit." At the bottom of the page are some links to a few helpful articles. The Rule Book for USA-Swimming reads:

“No Technical Suit may be worn by any 12 & Under USA Swimming athlete member in competition at any Sanctioned, Approved or Observed meet. 

1) Exceptions to the foregoing restriction are only for Junior Nationals, US 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.)”

  • Any male or female suit with any bonded or taped seams is defined as a technical suit regardless of its fabric or silhouette.



  • Any male or female suit with woven fabric and to the knee or mid-thigh is defined as a technical suit regardless of the type seams: bonded, taped or sewn. (Note: A woven suit with sewn seams and in a male brief or female regular cut not to the knees is not defined as a technical suit and is not restricted).


"Virtually all suits that fall within the proposed Rule definition of restricted tech suits have been through the FINA approval process and bear the FINA approved logo. There are only a handful of suits in the market with the FINA logo that would be considered legal for Age Group competition. These suits will bear an additional logo developed by USA Swimming to indicate approval. All suits with the FINA logo and without the secondary approval logo will be easily identified as a restricted suit for 12 & under competition."

More information on these rules and frequently asked questions can be found in these links: