March 16, 2020
Here is the MDSI Tech Suit Policy that goes into effect April 1, 2020
technical suit shall be worn by any 12&U athlete in competition
at any MDSI sanctioned, approved, or observed meet.
A technical suit is defined as:
a) any suit with bonded or taped seams regardless of fabric or silhouette
b) any suit with woven fabric extending past the hips
(WOVEN FABRIC - A suit with woven fabric and sewn seams not extending past the hips is permitted.)
(KNIT FABRIC - A suit with knit fabric and sewn seams not extending past the knees is permitted.)
Any suit without the FINA logo is approved for use by 12&U athletes, provided the FINA logo has not been removed from the suit.
Any suit with the FINA logo AND the USA Swimming “approved for 12&U” check mark (once implemented by USA Swimming and the suit manufacturers) is approved for use by 12&U athletes.
Any suit with the FINA logo is approved for use by 12&U athletes if the seams are stitched, but disapproved for use by 12&U athletes if the seams are bonded or taped.
Any athlete positively identified as wearing a prohibited suit prior to the start of an event will not be allowed to compete while wearing such suit. Any athlete positively identified as having worn a prohibited suit after the start of an event may be disqualified from the event.
MDSI expects that enforcement of this policy will be the joint responsibility of parents, coaches, and officials.
Any official or coach shall report a possible violation of the policy to the meet referee or deck referee for further investigation. The meet referee or deck referee shall consult with the coach of the athlete and may disqualify the athlete from the event if it is determined that a violation of this policy has occurred. Only the meet referee or deck referee shall be authorized to impose a disqualification for competing in a prohibited suit.
If there is any question about the legality of a suit, the benefit of the doubt shall go to the athlete.
Any questions please contact Satoshi Katsumoto