We pride ourselves on carefully considering all aspects of swimming regarding the competitive developement of our athletes. A strong team presence and identity is important at our meets. While the majority of our events are individual, we train as a team and encourage each other as a team. Everyone wearing a team uniform shows strong team identity and unity. Team uniforms are used throughout the sports world - swimming is no exception. The BLUE WAVE uniform is to be worn at all swim meets, by ALL swimmers. 

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 consistant with our philosophy.

The following BLUE WAVE uniform standard applies to ALL swimmers who are members of BLUE WAVE Swim Team.

Team Suit - At meets, we want to make our presence known as a team. We are proud to swim for BLUE WAVE 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 our policy) all BLUE WAVE swimmers are required to wear a team suit. You are issued a team suit at the beginning of each new season.

BLUE WAVE Green Swim Cap (Latex or Silicone) - This is the STANDARD uniform swim cap to be worn at ALL swim meets. You will receive two caps with your last names on them with registration. Additional meet cap without names on them can be purchased from the Coach. Any questions on this cap should be directed to your coach.

Swim caps are optional for swimmers with hair shorter than neck length. For hygienic reasons relating to the facility, all swimmers with hair shoulder length and longer are required to wear caps at practice. If your swimmer wears a cap at meets, it must be a BLUE WAVE designated meet cap.

BLUE WAVE Black Swim Cap (Latex or Silicone) - This is a STANDARD uniform swim cap to be worn at all ALL practices (except at designated practices). You will receive two caps with your registration. This swim cap may not be worn at meets. Any questions should be directed to your coach.

Swim caps are optional for swimmers with hair shorter than neck length. For hygienic reasons relating to the facility, all swimmers with hair shoulder length and longer are required to wear caps at practice. If your swimmer wears a cap at practice, it must be a BLUE WAVE designated practice cap.

BLUE WAVE Tee Shirt (Green & Blue) - This type of shirt must be worn at ALL swim meets. You may also wear other BLUE WAVE team shirts. NEVER, never where your summer league, high school swim team, college swim team, or previous swim club tee shirt when you are competing as a member of the BLUE WAVE Swim Team! You will receive one blue & one green each season with registration. BLUE WAVE tee shirts are available for purchase at the team store online. Any questions should be directed to your coach.

BLUE WAVE proudly wears Blue, Green, & Gray for our official team colors.

Please wear the following appropriate BLUE WAVE color shirts on each swim meet day.

  • Thursday - wear CHOICE tee shirt
  • Friday - wear CHOICE tee shirt
  • Saturday - wear BLUE tee shirt
  • Sunday - wear GREEN tee shirt

Out of respect for coaches and teammates, swimmers are not permitted to wear shirts from a summer league, high school, or other team at meets.

BLUE WAVE Team Bag - Is a navy blue SPEEDO Teamster Backpack with team logo. The bag must be used at ALL swim meets. NEVER, never use your summer league, high school swim team, college swim team, or previous swim club bag when you are competing as a member of the BLUE WAVE Swim Team! You will receive this bag embroidered with your first initial and last name as a first year member of the team with registration. Any questions should be directed to your coach.

 

Gear and Other Attire - Other team attire such as sweat shirts, jackets, pants, etc. is not required, but is excellent ways to show team spirit and support your team as well. Out of respect for your coaches and teammates it is our team policy that swimmers are not allowed to wear team gear from another team or school while at meets.

SPEEDO is our Sponsor! - Please buy SPEEDO brand suits, goggles, etc. If you are buying other items, you are not supporting our team. SPEEDO is very generous with BLUE WAVE. As an organization, SPEEDO supports our Swim-A-Thon fundraising program, outfits our national squad, gives discount on suits, goggles and other items, outfit our coaching staff in shirts, bags, and other apparel. SPEEDO supports us in many ways. Showing your appreciation is simple. Buy SPEEDO products! 

Tech Suit Philosophy - Our philosophy is very different from many of the teams in the area.

"Tech suits" are engineered for adult athletes bodies. They are designed to reduce a swimmer's drag in the water, artificially enhancing performance through compression and use of delicate suit materials. We believe that this is not appropriate for younger swimmers to use a swimsuit to this effect. We want our developing swimmers to value the work put into practicing their skills and technique and developing racing plans as the means to improvement. This combined with delayed gratification to create a positive performance without the aid of external factors. In other words, the swimmers makes the suit, not the other way around. We feel that "tech suits" undermine these values and hinders a swimmers development process.

We focus on the process and think long term about what the athlete needs. It is very easy to get caught up in the season goals and feel the pull of peer pressure (even from other parents). Relying on a suit to create that positive experiance for an athlete is creating a "secruity blanket" in the water and blurs the actual reason for swimming faster. We will save the "tech suit" for when our swimmers are older and understand what they are for.

When Should Swimmers Start Wearing Tech Suits? by Olivier Poirier-Leroy 

Technical Racing Suits - BLUE WAVE Swim Team is a SPEEDO sponsored team.

FEMALE & MALE APPROVED TECHNICAL SUITS

NOTE: Standard "old school" style of Lycra racing & Dura Polyester practice swimsuits are still legal. FINA does not require these type of suits to be approved for competition or practice.

BLUE WAVE is a Speedo sponsored team, therefore, we ask all BLUE WAVE athletes to compete in the appropriate Speedo suit as outlined below.

 

 

In Season Meets

Designated Championship Meets

10 & Under Girls

Blue team suit (screened with BLUE WAVE logo)

10 & Under must wear their Blue Speedo team suit at all meets. They may not wear technical suits at championship meets. 

10 & Under Boys

Blue team suit – brief or jammer (screened with BLUE WAVE logo)

10 & Under must wear their Blue Speedo team suit at all meets. They may not wear technical suits at championship meets. 

11-12 Girls

Blue team suit (screened with BLUE WAVE logo)

11-12 may only wear the approved suit at any BLUE WAVE Approved Meets.  11-12 swimmers may wear a silhouette version of the following suits. No knee suits.   

(ex. Blue Speedo Aqaublade)

11-12 Boys

Blue team suit – brief or jammer (screened with BLUE WAVE logo)

11-12 may only wear the approved technical suits at any Dynamo Approved Meets. 11-12 swimmers may wear one of the following suits.

(ex. Blue Speedo Aqaublade)

13 & Over Girls

Blue team suit (screened with BLUE WAVE logo)

13 & over may wear the following suits

(ex. Speedo LZR Racer X)

(ex. Speedo LZR Racer Elite 2)

(ex. Speedo Racer Pro)

13 & Over Boys

Blue team suit – brief or jammer (screened with BLUE WAVE logo)

13 & over may wear the following suits

 (ex. Speedo LZR Racer X)

(ex. Speedo LZR Racer Elite 2)

(ex. Speedo Racer Pro) 

 
And as always, BEFORE purchasing any "tech suit" please consult Coach Mike so there is no confusion

The Importance of a Team Uniform

Fosters a sense of unity: When wearing a team uniform, you truly feel like a part of a team. It fosters team unity. Teammates who dress similarly develop a sense of solidarity and belonging, creating an atmosphere where teamwork is valued, and performance ultimately improves.

Equality: Every member of the team, from 15&O's to 8&U's, National to mini meets, parents to coaches, play an important role in this team. Having a uniform creates a sense of equality, which is important when you are developing an 'ohana. No individual is more important than any other, and that is what 'ohana is all about. It enforces the point that” we’re all in this together".

Single Identity: When you change into your team's uniform, you shed your separate identities and transform into one single unit. They bring people together and set us apart from the other teams. When you wear the team's uniform, you know you are a part of something. Visually, uniforms give a sense of working towards a larger goal. Being dressed the same immediately makes you feel more included and accepted. 

Connection: Feeling more connected with your team helps you to work better for them. We can identify each other by our uniform even though you may not necessarily know everyone on the team, but you know you are a part of the BLUE WAVE 'ohana because we have the same uniform.

Represent your community: To be recognized as a representative of a community. To be a part of a team and belong to the community. To focus attention on what really matters - swimming, racing the race and competing in the competition.

While this may seem small, the ripple effects of small things are extraordinary. This is how you make WAVES!