IMPORTANT APPAREL & EQUIPMENT INFORMATION
SWIM SUIT ($30-$300)
Suits are the most important purchase for a competitive swimmer. For beginning swimmers, a single competitive-cut, 100% polyester, properly-sized suit will be sufficient. For ongoing swimmers, it is advisable to have at least one suit for practices (practice suit) and another suit for meets (racing suits).
For practices, TYR suits are recommended but not required. Additionally, it is necessary to purchase suits in accordance with the guidelines below:
1 - Fabric
When you purchase a practice suit make sure it is an “endurance” suit made of 100% polyester. Speedo, TYR, and Nike all make suits which are 100% polyester and will be described as “Chlorine Resistant”, “Training Suit”, or “Endurance” suits. Polyester/endurance suits are slightly more expensive but last at least 10 times longer than suits with Lycra/Spandex. This is a VERY important purchase!
2 - Sizing
When purchasing a swim suit it is important that your swimmer gets the RIGHT SIZE. As a general rule, a racing swim suit should feel like it is 2 SIZES TOO SMALL when it is dry. Suits will stretch when wet, and if the suit is TOO BIG it will be uncomfortable, cause drag, and (in some cases) be on the verge of falling off! If your swimmer says “I think it’s too small” when he/she tries it on, it is exactly the right size! For example, most athletes 12 and under wear suits sized 28 or smaller. Before you make any suit purchase, check with the coaching staff on proper sizes for your athlete.
3 - Style.
Swimmers need competitive-cut suits for training and racing. Competitive-cut suits are close cut, with sturdy straps and firm seams. Competitive-cut suits are not baggy and do not have ties, zippers or extra embellishments.
Specific Suit Information for Girls
Two-piece competitive-cut suits are acceptable for practices only.
Athletes are not permitted to wear the Nike Spiderback or two-piece suits at meets.
Specific Suit Information for Boy
Boys should not wear swim trunks or boardshorts. These weigh the swimmer down and creates the incorrect body position in the water.
Jammers versus briefs. With rare exception (e.g., high performance championship suits) jammers tend to restrict/inhibit movement.
As boys mature and progress through competitive swimming, it is recommended to wear a brief style suit, with a drag suit over top.
Boys aged 12 and over should wear drag suits in practice, even if over a jammer.
4 - Racing Suits.
Material. Racing suits, because they are worn only a few days per month do not need to be 100% polyester. A basic Lycra/Spandex/Nylon suit is acceptable for meets.
Sizing. Lycra-based suits have significantly more stretch/give than polyester suits. Often times, then, an athlete will wear a racing suit one size smaller for competition than in practice.
Style. In recent years, high performance suits – “technical suits” – have become very prevalent. For professional athletes and swimmers at elite levels, technical suits are a necessity. For age group swimmers, however, it is not necessary to have a technical suit, although it will be acceptable should you wish to purchase one.
TEAM HEAT POLICY ON TECHNICAL SUITS:
Athletes will not wear technical suits at "in-season" meets or during ANY practices or workouts. The Head Coach will advise all athletes on which meets will be "focus meets" where tech suits can be worn.