Swimsuit policy change
Scottish Swimming technical suits update
Scottish Swimming: Technical swimsuit policy for athletes aged 13 years and younger
As part of Scottish Swimming’s continued commitment to supporting swimmers of all ages, a new policy regarding the use of Technical Suits for swimmers aged 13 years and under will come into effect on September 1, 2022.
Why prohibit Tech Suits for young swimmers?
Scottish Swimming’s Technical swimsuit policy has been developed after consultation with clubs, coaches and athletes around several key rationale, as outlined below:
- 1.In young swimmers the development of good technique and the introduction to training methods is the primaryThe availability of technical swimsuits brings an undesirable focus on enhanced performance through the use of equipment, and away from technique and training. Young swimmers should feel and understand that it is their own commitment and effort that makes a difference when they compete, not the swimsuit they wear.
- 2.The focus of younger swimmers should be less on results, more on learning and linking the process of how to improve with the enjoyment of the sport andBuying technical swimsuits for young swimmers emphasises the focus on results.
- 3.Children should feel and understand that it is their training, commitment and application to the sport that makes a difference when they compete, not the competition suit that they wear.
- 4.Technical swimsuits are expensive and have a short shelf-life (the qualities that provide the performance advantage start to deteriorate as soon as they are worn in water). We want swimming to be inclusive in a way that enables as many people as possible to enjoy the sport and competition without the additional pressure of buying unnecessary, expensive, and potentially detrimental equipment
The document attached provides full details of Scottish Swimming’s Tech Suit policy and explains in greater detail the rationale behind this decision, the definition of a ‘Tech Suit’ and how the ruling will be implemented from September 1, 2022.
What can under 13s wear?
Click the link for a visual guide as to what a tech suit is defined as, and what those aged 13 or younger can wear in Scottish Swimming’s licensed/sanctioned events from September 1, 2022.