Illinois Swimming
Level 3

12 and Under Tech Suit Rule- Effective 9/1/20

Melissa Healy
12 and Under Tech Suit Rule Effective September 1, 2020
 
No Technical Suits shall be worn by any 12 & Under USA Swimming athlete member in competition at any sanctioned, approved or observed meet. [Effective September 1, 2020] 
 
(1) Exceptions to the foregoing restriction are only for Junior Nationals, U.S. Open, National Championships, and Olympic Trials.
 
(2) A Technical Suit is one that has the following components: 
a. Any suit with any bonded or taped seams regardless of its fabric or silhouette; or b. Any suit with woven fabric extending past the hips. 
(Note: WOVEN FABRIC - A suit with woven fabric and sewn seams that does not extend below the hips is permitted.) 
(Note: KNIT FABRIC - A suit with knit fabric and sewn seams not extending below the knees is permitted.)
 
We have been informed that newer suits will have a green "Check Mark" on the FINA label notating that these suits are legal for athletes aged 12 and Under.
However, older suits must conform to the rule listed above for the athlete to participate in that swimwear.