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11/Under Race Suit Rule

Swimming Victoria have a new 11/under technical swimsuit rule that comes into effect from 1 July 2017. 

Athletes aged 11 years or under on the day of competition will not be permitted to wear any knee length style suit.

To assist our members in regards to the new rule there will be a transition period from 1 July to 31 Aug, where we will be educating and informing athletes, parents and Clubs, at meets when there has been an infraction of the rule.

The rule will come into full effect on 1 September. From this date athletes will automatically be disqualified if there has been an infraction of the rule.

Girls are able to wear any brand of bathers that matches the silhouette shown in the latest announcement. Boys can wear the brief style, aqua shorts or aqua trunks. The decision to ban all types of bathers regardless of brand, style or fabric in the knee length range was to make it easier to regulate visually from a distance. We felt that is was not appropriate to place a swimmer or an official in a position where the bathers would need to be inspected at close range. 

For those that have already purchased knee length bathers or jammers that do not fit this description, they can still be worn at meets other than the Swimming Victoria Meets listed.

  1. Metro Short Course Competition
  2. Victorian Country SC Championships
  3. Victorian Age SC Championships
  4. Long Course Distance Meet
  5. 7-10s Competitions
  6. Victorian Sprint Championships
  7. Victorian Qualifying Meet
  8. Victorian Age Championships
  9. Victorian Country Championships
  10. Victorian Relay Competition
  11. Victorian Country Interdistrict
  12. All Junior Competitions
  13. Winter Interclub Competition (from 2018)


This information is also published in our information booklets for each Swimming Victoria meet.

Details regarding the Swimming Victoria events that the rule applies to along with images and further information about the rule can be found on our 11/Under Suit Rule Flyer.

11/Under Suit Rule Flyer

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