Mesa Aquatics Club takes pride in considering all aspects of swimming regarding the competitive development of our athletes. Our team culture has an enormous impact on our swimmers’ success. The aim of the policies outlined below is to define that culture in order to (1) improve our unity as a team and (2) ensure that our attire at meets and practice is consistent with our philosophy. Please read the team uniform policy outlined below and direct any questions to the head coach Meg Zajdzinski at Meg@mesaswims.com
MAC is sponsored by Speedo
The decision on what company we have chosen to partner with is determined by a number of factors: 1) Does the company have a long term history of producing high quality product 2) Does the company have a history of maintaining year in/year out inventory that makes it possible for coaches and athletes to consistently get their hands on product 3) Does the company produce a broad range of styles/fit to ensure the widest range of athlete sizes are accommodated 4) Does the company provide uniform support to coaches and staff 5) Does the company provide meet support in the form of awards, banners, backstroke flags, etc. Speedo is the only company that was able to answer “yes” to all of these requirements
Speedo “Tech suits” include
the Fastskin, FS2, FS3, the Lzr, FSPro, and the Aquablade, etc. These suits are engineered to reduce a swimmer’s drag in the water, artificially enhancing performance. We believe that this is not appropriate for younger swimmers to use a swimsuit to this effect. We want our developing swimmers to value hard work, skill, and technique as the means to improvement. In addition these suits rely on compression to function properly, many young athletes have not developed enough to get this benefit and in fact could be hindered by a loose fit that fills with water easily. We feel that “tech suits” undermine these values. We will save the boost from a “fast suit” for when our swimmers are older.
Our team policy is that all swimmers 10 years old & under are not permitted wear a “tech suit” at practice or in competition in any USA Swimming meet. This policy applies to prelims, finals, and relays at both in-season and championship meets.
Swimmers who are 11 years or older on the first day of the meet in question may wear a FINA-approved tech suit at championship meets ONLY or with the Head Coach or Head Age Group Coach’s permission. Championship meets are defined as those end-of-season meets where a swimmer is shaved and rested and focused on a peak performance. Tech suits for 11 years and older swimmers are not required.
At meets, we want to make our presence known as a team. We are proud to swim for MAC and dressing uniformly is a way for us to unite as a team.
Our team policy is that for all USA Swimming meets (other than when a swimmer wears a tech suit in compliance with the policy above) all swimmers are required to wear a team suit. Our team outfitter is East Valley Sports. You may call them at (480) 832-8172. We have selected the following options for our team suits:
This suit has spaghetti straps is polyester (lasts longer) and is generally preferred by older girls
This suit has traditional wider shoulder straps, is polyester (lasts longer) and is generally preferred by younger girls.
Option 3: SPEEDO Power Plus Sprint Splice Free Back
This suit extends to the swimmer’s knee and is made of polyester for longer wear.
This suit is a traditional cut and is made of polyester for longer wear.
Option 3: SPEEDO Power Plus Sprint Splice Jammer
Option 4: SPEEDO Power Plus Sprint Splice Brief
Please call or email East Valley Sport or click on the link provided on the homepage of our website for pricing or to place an order.
Any swimmer who is present at a meet without a team suit may be restricted from competition, regardless of the meet’s importance or distance from home. DO NOT LEAVE HOME WITHOUT YOUR TEAM SUIT. Often, team vendors are at meets, but please do not depend on them being there or having your size in stock.
Swimmers are not required to wear a team suit during practice. Any other swimming suit that meets the common standards of decency and does not interfere with a swimmer’s ability to use proper technique is permitted to be worn at practice.
If your swimmer wears a cap at meets, it must be a MAC cap. Having all of our swimmers wearing the same cap encourages team unity and enables our coaches to easily spot our swimmers in the pool. Note that MAC has a basic “red” cap that is also available customized with the athlete's name on it, this cap is to be worn by all MAC swimmers at non-Championship meets. For swimmers who obtain State cuts or higher they are allowed to wear a black MAC cap (also customizable) for Championship meets and select prelim/finals meets
All new swimmers receive a red MAC team shirt when they join. In addition MAC has black and white team shirts and during multi-day meets a “shirt of the day” is posted and athletes are required to wear that color. We also highly encourage our parents to join in on the shirt of the day color and show your support for the club and your athlete! In addition each Championship season some of our Championship and/or travel teams will get commemorative tee shirts, this info will be sent out at those times
Warm-up’s, bags, etc.
Warm up jackets/pants, swim bags, all are required to be Speedo products, in addition it is our team policy that swimmers are not allowed to wear team gear from another team or school while at meets.
Make an appointment with EVS (or the Speedo Rep if they are available) to be fitted
If it is determined by a manager at the store (or the Speedo Rep) that the athlete cannot make a Speedo product work they will be given a signed note from that person which is to be turned in to the head coach
ONLY a solid black suit may be substituted and the logo needs to be blacked out and tag removed
If a suit needs to be purchased at an away meet from an on-site vendor same rules vs color/tags apply and athlete/parents much get the MAC coach on that trip to approve
Available for purchase through East Valley Sports
MAC Custom Shirts
MAC Team Gear
Speedo Tech Suits