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Uniform Regulations - Swimming & Diving

Rule 3-3 - Suits worn by swimmers (excluding divers) shall be governed by the following requirements. A swimmer or diver with special needs may request customization through his/her school to the OHSAA via a letter request, Attention to Dr. Deborah Moore or Lauren Prochaska.
  1. It is recommended all swimmers and divers on the team wear suits of identical coloring and pattern.
  2. Suits shall be of one piece. A competitor shall not be permitted to participate wearing a suit that is not of a decent appearance.  Males shall wear suits which cover the buttocks and shall not extend above the waist or below the top of the kneecap.  Females shall wear suits which cover the buttocks and breasts and shall not extend beyond the shoulders or below the top of the kneecap, nor cover the neck.
  3. Only one swimsuit shall be permitted in competition. 
  4. The Swimsuit shall be:
    1. constructed of a woven/knit textile material;
    2. permeable (100 percent to air and water); except for one post-construction, impermeable school name and/or logo which shall not exceed 9 square inches;
    3. made so as not to aid in buoyancy and shall not be altered to aid in buoyancy;
    4. made with no zippers or other fastening system other than a waist tie for a brief or jammer and elastic material within the casing/ribbing in the terminal ends (straps, leg openings, and waist openings); and
    5. constructed so that the style/shape of the suit for males shall not extend above the waist nor below the top of the kneecap and for females shall not extend beyond the shoulders nor below the top of the kneecap, nor cover the neck.
  5. Manufacturer’s Logo/Trade Name.  Rule 3-3-1 permits ONE visible, manufacturer’s logo/trade mark or reference name not to exceed 2¼ square inches and not exceeding 2 ¼” in any dimension, on each item of uniform apparel.  The rules clearly define uniform apparel to include the suit and swim cap/hat but not the goggles.   Coaches and athletes are ultimately responsible for compliance with this rule.
  6. Jewelry - The NFHS has removed the prohibition on wearing jewelry.  The wearing of a medical alert is still encouraged for purposes of risk minimization.  Thus, there shall be no penalty for wearing jewelry provided the jewelry is not deemed dangerous by the referee.  Therefore, in accordance with Rule 3-3-5, a coach must certify that all swimmers and divers are legally attired.
  7. Coaches’ Certification.  Rule 3-3-5 requires the coach to verify with the meet referee that all his/her competitors are legally attired.  Officials shall ask this question of all coaches prior to any OHSAA competition. Note:  The pool must be cleared prior to this mandatory meeting.
 
PENALTIES (For ART. 2): When an official discovers a competitor wearing an illegal swimsuit by the wearing of two suits or a suit which is of an illegal construction, the official shall:
     1.   when observed prior to the start of the heat, notify the competitor to make legal the swimsuit before becoming eligible to compete. If the competitor cannot comply without delaying the start of the heat, the competitor is disqualified from that event and shall not be eligible for further competition until in a legal swimsuit.
     2.   when the race has officially begun (see Rule 1-3-4), disqualify the competitor at the completion of the heat;
     3.   when the starting device has been activated, disqualify the competitor at the completion of the heat; nullify the competitor’s performance time and he/she shall not be eligible for further competition until in a legal swimsuit.