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The following rule will be implemented by USA Swimming will go into effect September 1, 2020.

No Technical Suit may be worn by any 12& Under USA Swimming athlete member in competition at any sanctioned, Approved, or Observed meet. This rule is in effect for all USA Swimming Competitions in the United States.

    1. 1. A Technical Suit is one that has the following components:
      • Any suit with any bonded or taped seams regardless of its fabric or silhouette; or
      • Any suit with woven fabric extending past the hips
        • Note: Any male or female suit with woven fabric and to the knee or mid-thigh is defined as a technical suit regardless of the type of seams (bonded, taped, or sewn). A woven suit with sewn seams and in a male brief or female regular cut not to the knees is not defined as a technical suit and is not restricted.

          WOVEN FABRIC - a suit with woven fabric and sewn seams that does not extend below the hips is permitted.

          KNIT FABRIC - a suit with knit fabric and sewn seams not extending below the knees is permitted.

Exceptions to the Restriction

  • USA Swimming Junior Nationals
  • USA Swimming US Open
  • USA Swimming National Championships
  • USA Swimming Olympic Trials

  • Compliant Suits

    There are a handful of suits in the market that have the FINA logo that would be considered legal for age group competition because they do not meet the definition of what is deemed a technical suit. These suits and only these suit will bear an additional check mark logo developed by USA Swimming to indicate that the suit is compliant with the rule. This check mark will be placed to the left or right of the FINA logo on the suit.

    For additional information, please refer to the FAQ document provided by USA Swimming or visit their website. Their site has been updated to include lists of approved and restricted tech suits for 12 and under swimmers as well as a detailed breakdown of tech suits by brand. Below is a list of USA Swimming approved tech suits for athletes 12 and under available at Elsmore:

  • Arena Powerskin ST
  • Arena Powerskin ST 2.0
  • Speedo Aquablade
  • Speedo PowerPlus Kneeskin
  • Speedo Vanquisher
  • TYR Fusion 2
  • TYR Thresher
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