When Should My Swimmer wear a Technical Suit?

Tech Suits are a special kind of racing suit designed to be worn at select meets.  These meets are typically championship, prelim/finals, or qualifier meets where the swimmer has been training and working with coaches for several months and is now in the mental mindset of racing.  As the material of the suit is not meant to withstand hundreds of swims, tech suits are not designed for everyday use.  If you are interested in additional detail, please click HERE for an article with more specifics regarding technical suits. 

As a general rule, MAKO Swimming neither expects nor encourages swimmers to purchase technical suits.  Starting in the fall of 2020, USA Swimming will be banning all technical suits for 12 & under swimmers, unless they are competing at a National Championship level meet.  Please click HERE for Potomac Valley Swimming’s excellent explanation of technical suits and why they are not appropriate for younger swimmers.  MAKO Swimming supports the PVS technical suit guidelines and only wants MAKO swimmers to wear technical suits at the championship meets listed below.  As always, there might be times where a Coach asks a swimmer to deviate from this list, so a general guideline is for all swimmers to talk to their MAKO coach before wearing a technical suit at a meet.

Swim & Rock
Sport Fair Winter Classic Invitational 
IM Xtreme Games
PVS Short Course Junior Champs
PVS Short Course Senior Champs
PVS 14&Under Junior Olympics

NOTE:  Although the ISCA/NCSA meets that MAKO travels to are often referred to as "Junior Nats" or "Junior Nationals," they will not qualify for the exception to the rule.  Twelve and under athletes will not be allowed to wear "tech" suits at these ISCA/NCSA meets or any PVS meets after 9/1/2020.

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