The purpose of this technical advice is to highlight the differences between calf sleeves and calf socks, and to advise on how they are considered in Triathlon Australia’s Race Competition Rules (RCR).
Calf Socks (also known as compression socks)
Calf socks provide compression forces on the lower legs. The fabric covers the toes and therefore the “webbing effect” has the potential to provide a competitive advantage in the swim leg.
RCR Rule 2.7 (c) states that calf socks are not allowed to be worn during the swim leg (however they may be worn at any other time during an
Calf Sleeves (also known as calf guards)
Calf sleeves are comprised of 100% textile material and provide compression forces on the calves. The fabric does not cover the toes and therefore the calf sleeve does not provide a competitive advantage in the swim leg.
RCR Rule 1.1 (o) allows calf sleeves to be worn at any time during an event, including during a non-wetsuit swim.
These rules are consistent with Triathlon Australia’s Sun Protection Policy, and apply for every sanctioned event in Australia, unless the Technical Delegate has specifically created a Special Rule to the contrary.
Until next time, please take care and continue to enjoy your officiating experience!
TNSW Manager Events / Technical