Technical Suits Ban

Early this weekend, the USA Swimming House of Delegates voted to ban Techniqcal Suits worn by 12 & Under USA Swimming athlete members at any Sanctioned, Approved or Observed meet, with the execption fo hte following National events: Junior Nationals, US Open, National Championships, as well as the Olympic Trials.  

A Technical Suit is one that has the following components:
1. Any suit with any bonded or taped seams regardless of its fabric or silhouette; or
2. 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.)

The legislation will be implemented in September 2020, allowing adequate lead time for the suit manufacturers to update current suit styles, develop relevant new styles, manage existing inventory and planned production, and incorporate the appropriate identification on the suits.