As a member of the Wisconsin Swim Coaches Association I just received this update on suits.
Suits, Suits, Suits…
Here is some information I am passing along from Tom Shafranski at the WIAA…
1) NFHS Swimming Suit Interpretations
There is a Speedo suit that has a clip, I think called poly clip, to tighten the straps on females suits. At this time the clip is considered a fastening system and would not be legal under Rule 3-3-2b(4).
The Speedo FS Pro I that has some dimples or bumps on the chest area that were not permeable — this was a bit of an older model suit. If the bumps are removed, which they can be just picked off, the suit would be legal. The FS Pro I is no longer being made this way.
2) This morning I received the note found below from the NFHS regarding school logos on swimming/diving suits. The regulation has now been modified to allow school logos that use "sublimation" to place colors, designs, prints, etc. to be dyed into the fabric of a suit. They are indicating the suit remains 100% permeable when the sublimation process is used to place a logo on a suit. Consequently, these suits are legal.
NFHS Interpretation of Rule 3-3-2b, Logo Restrictions
The NFHS has received several questions regarding the application of Rule 3-3-2b(2), school logo restrictions, to swimsuits with logos and mascots applied to the suit during construction.
A process referred to as sublimation allows colors, designs, prints, etc. to be dyed into the fabric to be used for suits in a pre-construction phase. This process has been present in the market for quite some time. Using sublimation, colors or designs, such as a school mascot, are dyed into the fabric and the textile material remains 100% permeable.
The restriction of a single, post-construction, impermeable school name or logo, not to exceed 9 square inches, does not apply to suits using sublimation for the process to include a school mascot, name and/or logo on the suit. The restriction applies only to the post-construction logos which render the material to no longer be 100% permeable.
SITUATION: The referee observes the swimmers from Team A, the Eagles, during warm-ups wearing suits with an eagle on the front of the females’ suits larger than 9 square inches. Likewise, the males’ jammers have an eagle on the side of the suit larger than 9 square inches. The referee confirms with the coach of Team A that these mascots are dyed in the material and are not placed over the textile material of the suit impacting permeability. The referee allows the suits in competition as Rule 3-3-2b(2) does not apply to this suit. RULING: Correct procedure. COMMENT: The restriction on the size and number of post-construction school logos is necessary to prevent covering the suit to make it impermeable. The restrictions are not necessary when the sublimation process is used.