USA SWIMMING BANS HIGH-TECH SUITS FOR YOUTH COMPETITORS

USA Swimming banned the revolutionary, high-tech swimsuits for athletes 12 years old and younger.  USA Swimming house of delegates voted to ban suits that extend past the neck, shoulders or knees.

The ban will prevent children from competing in most versions of the partial- and full-body suits, but it does not include the so-called "jammers," close-fitting shorts that are extremely popular among boys. Youth swimmers also will be permitted to wear all versions of the suits at senior-level events.  USA delegates were concerned that the pricey suits, which can cost as much as $500, would drive promising youngsters who couldn't afford them out of the sport and possibly deter proper stroke development. This ban will take effect in May 2009.

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