October 16, 2019
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
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
Questions? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.