The Arkansas LSC has decided to postpone the enactment of the controversial tech suit restrictions that were intended to begin on September 1, 2017.
This action taken Sunday night by the ASI Board of Directors represents a step back from the decision made in April by the Arkansas House of Delegates. That rule would have limited any swimmers age 12 and under from wearing technical suits at any ASI sanctioned meets, with the only exception being during the finals sessions of prelim/final meets.
A representative from the Arkansas LSC told SwimSwam that USA Swimming’s recent decision to hire a consulting firm to study the issue was a factor. “We wanted to get this right and there were a lot of situations and details we were trying to anticipate while creating the wording to be added to our meet info and sanction requirements. During that process USA Swimming called asking some of the same questions we were asking amongst ourselves. Their decision to hire consultants to explore the topic made us feel that we should give them time to possibly come up with a national path of action that could avoid some of the complications that might arise from individual LSC’s creating their own sets of rules.”
The Arkansas LSC Board of Directors will be reviewing the rule again in January to evaluate USA Swimming’s findings and to decide whether to move forward as an LSC if warranted.