USA Swimming’s ban on sure tech fits for swimmers within the 12 & below age group goes into impact on September 1 – one week from as we speak.
A publication from USA Swimming lays out the specifics of each restricted and permitted fits below the brand new guidelines.
The suit ban was actually passed two years ago. The delay between the passing of the ban and its efficient date allowed swimsuit producers to regulate their swimsuit choices and inventories. We dug in on some of the key details of the ban itself in a story you can read here. A number of key particulars in regards to the ban:
- Any swimsuit with bonded or taped seams is taken into account a tech swimsuit and banned, no matter its material. (Seams should be sewn to be allowed within the 12 & below age teams).
- Fits with “knit” materials are nonetheless allowed (offered they don’t have bonded or taped seams), however fits with “woven” materials are banned within the decrease age teams
- 12 & below swimmers can nonetheless put on tech fits at sure national-level competitions: Sectionals, Futures, Junior Nationals, Professional Swim Collection, U.S. Open, Nationals, YMCA Nationals and Olympic Trials
USA Swimming released more brand-specific guidelines for suits this week, together with lists of each restricted and permitted fits. You possibly can comply with that hyperlink for very particular, brand-by-brand appears to be like at which fits are permitted and restricted, however a high-level look is on the market within the two paperwork beneath:
The rules additionally got here with an tutorial video narrated by U.S. Nationwide Teamer Leah Smith, which highlights numerous the very seen variations between restricted and allowed fits:
Additionally a notable rule of thumb: the overwhelming majority of fits with the FINA-approved brand on them would even be restricted fits below the age group tech swimsuit ban. Fits with the FINA brand that are permitted for age groupers below USA Swimming’s ban (and there aren’t a lot of them) may even have a brand with a inexperienced test mark.