Technical swimsuits - or tech suits - have been banned by USA Swimming for swimmers 12-and-younger. Unless a swimmer has qualified for the USA Junior National Championships or National Championships, they cannot be used.

What is a tech suit?

In basic terms, it is a swimsuit that is made specially to appear like it doesn't have seams. In theory, the compression this causes helps a swimmer cut through the water more quickly.

Tech suits tend to be very expensive and it is unclear whether they make a difference at such a young age. They also deteriorate very quickly and lose their competitive advantages after only a few meets. This change will allow you to save your money and not worry about whether the cost is worth it for a competitive edge.

For more information, see Swimming World's article on the subject.

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