Suits, Make-Up, and Competition!

Feb. 26, 2014, 10:55 a.m. (ET)

Rumors abound that a rule exists stating mesh to fabric ratios that must be observed.  That’s not true, but what is true is rule OD 3.6.3 that states:

In the event that the Event Referee thinks competitor(s) swimwear does not conform to the current concept of the appropriate, the competitor(s) shall not be permitted to compete until changing into appropriate swimwear.”

If you are using mesh on a suit, you may want to consider having it lined with mesh fabric.  In the international arena, athletes may be asked to change suits if suits do not cover belly buttons or show too much cleavage.  If you have questions about your suits, seek the advice of one of your national or regional officials prior to attending a competition.

In addition, rule OD 3.6.5 states:

“Theatrical make-up shall not be worn. Straight makeup that provides a natural, clean and healthy glow is acceptable. “

The intent is to have competitors appear athletic. Natural is the key word.   No stars around eyes, cat whiskers on cheeks, pasted on jewels on foreheads, etc. 

Let’s get prepared for a competition season that focuses on the athleticism of our competitors and our sport!