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1973: One Winter team and one Summer Select Team (basically AAU swimmers) coached by Tok whom later took over the Winter program from RSTA. There were four (4) Summer teams: Glade (GL), North Shore (NS), Southgate (SG), and Uplands (UP). Fees for RHOA members were $10 per swimmer ($30 maximum per family) and $20 per swimmer ($60 maximum) for non-RHOA members.
1974: One (1) Winter team plus one (1) Summer Select Team – Reston Select Team (RT) - which was entered in the Colonial League and the same four (4) Developmental teams – Glade (GL), North Shore (NS), Southgate (SG) and Uplands (UP).
1975: Winter team was dropped from RSTA. The Reston Select Team (RT) was split this year at the request of the Colonial League because it was such a strong team. The teams – Reston North (RN) and Reston South (RS) were both placed in the Colonial League. The same four (4) Developmental teams were kept – Glade (GL), North Shore (NS), Southgate (SG) and Uplands (UP). Each of the four teams swam every other team twice during the season. Team tee-shirts were available for the first time.
1976: Summer fees stayed the same as 1973 fees but a $10 Parent Participation Fee (PPF) was added. Select Teams were again Reston North and Reston South and entered in the Colonial League. Because of lack of registrations at Southgate (SG) and an overlarge registration at Glade (GL), Southgate was dropped and Newbridge (NB) and Hunters Woods (HW) teams were added giving us Glade (GL), Hunters Woods (HW), Newbridge (NB), North Shore (NS), and Uplands (UP). A Relay Carnival was added to the Developmental schedule.
1977: Still two (2) Select Teams – Reston North (RN) and Reston South (RS). Southgate (SG) was added back in giving us six (6) Developmental teams – Glade (GL), Hunters Woods (HW), Newbridge (NB), North Shore (NS), Southgate (SG) and Uplands (UP). Fees went up – $18 first swimmer, $15 second, and $7 for third with a $40 maximum per family and a $10 PPF. The Relay Carnival was again held. RSTA Articles of Incorporation were signed. At that time the Board consisted of the four officers and once Managers were selected, they and the Coaches both attended Board meetings and voted on issues.
1978: Same teams – two (2) in Colonial League and six (6) in our own Developmental League. Fees went up – $20 first swimmer, $16 second, $8 third with a $44 maximum per family and the $10 PPF. Relay Carnival and All-Stars were held. Reston continued to dominate the Colonial League and placed many swimmers in that League's All-Star Meet. Attendance is required at Officials Clinics in order to obtain PPF refunds.
1979: Outdoor All-Reston Meet used for Time Trials (all nine teams swam all four strokes). Still had two (2) Select Teams – Reston North (RN) and Reston South (RS). Seven (7) Developmental teams – Glade (GL), Hunters Woods (HW), Newbridge (NB), North Shore (NS), Southgate (SG), Uplands (UP), with Tall Oaks (TO) being added. Record Patches and Team Bars were passed out for the first time. An Aquathon was held and raised $3,200. The Board was reorganized under new Bylaws – now five At-Large members plus one representative from each of the teams swimming during the summer with officers elected by the Board.
1980: Colonial League again requested that we split our teams. We entered three (3) Select teams in three other divisions – Reston Blue Jays (RBJ), Reston Cardinals (RC) and Reston Eagles (RE) and again dominated the league. Developmental was made up of eight (8) teams swimming in two divisions with the Glade team being split – Division I; Glade East (GE), Hunters Woods (HW), North Shore (NS) and Uplands (UP): Division II; Glade West (GW), Newbridge (NB), Southgate (SG) and Tall Oaks (TO). Spring Stroke and Turn Clinic was held for the first time (to get swimmers ready for summer program – brush up on techniques). Time trials for the entire league (11 teams) were run as a large swim meet (4 nights) at the Reston Country Club indoor pool. Fees were $30 per swimmer – no maximum – plus $10 PPF. This was the first season we advertised for our own coaches. Prior to this, coaches were chosen from RHOA staff members. The first handbooks were printed and participation trophies given for first time.
1981: RSTA dropped out of Colonial League because RSTA was asked to put all three (3) of our teams in one division and swim only ourselves. All swimmers were put into the Reston League and we classified swimmers – A, B, C – for the first time. Time trials were held individually by each team – there was no All-Reston Meet. We ran eight (8) teams but all in one division – Glade East (GE), Glade West (GW), Hunters Woods (HW), Lake Thoreau (LT), Newbridge (NB), North Shore (NS), Tall Oaks (TO) and Uplands (UP). Lake Thoreau was added and Southgate (SG) was dropped. We fielded an All-Reston Travel Team to represent us at invitational meets outside our own league. Spring Stroke and Turn was held, handbooks continued. We were computerized for the first time. RHOA instituted their charge for non-pool members – $40 for first swimmer, $30 for second, and $20 for third. Our fees were $35 for first swimmer, $30 each additional, plus $20 PPF (rate increased).
1982: Fielded seven (7) teams (Tall Oaks (TO) dropped) – Glade East (GE), Glade West (GW), Hunters Woods (HW), Newbridge (NB), North Shore (NS) and Uplands (UP) for a total of 636 swimmers. Spring Stroke and Turn, handbook and computerization continued. Fourth coach added per team. Fees: $35 first swimmer, $30 second, and $25 third with $90 family maximum and $20 PPF. Bylaws revised to include five At-Large members and two Team Representatives per team on Board. Winter swim begun Fall, 1982 (this program offered for those not wishing to swim AAU but wishing to swim year around).
1983: Ridge Heights (RH) added to league and Glade East (GE) and Glade West (GW) combined again to form Glade (GL) giving us seven (7) teams – Glade (GL), Hunters Woods (HW), Lake Thoreau (LT), Newbridge (NB), North Shore (NS), Ridge Heights (RH) and Uplands (UP). A flexible cap of 100 swimmers placed on membership of all teams. No fees changed.
1984: In a cooperative venture with RHOA, purchased non-turbulent lane lines to improve competitive conditions for all teams. Eliminated meet handicapping factors (i.e., returned to the scoring system used in the 1982 season) and adopted new U.S. Swimming "no false start" rule. Flat-rate fee structure.
1985: Expanded to eight (8) teams by adding Lake Audubon (LA), changed 8 & Under butterfly event to 10 & Under butterfly, revised time standards, and created new championship categories: five age group championship teams, class "A", "B", and "C" championship teams, as well as an overall League champion.
1986: Retained previous scoring system and championship categories, revised time standards, adopted a rule allowing one false start for 8 & Under age group swimmers. Purchased a fourth set of meet equipment to run four Saturday meets concurrently and professional starting equipment.
1987: Revised time standards, reordered events, adopted standardization of age groups, and eliminated the use of starting blocks at any RSTA sanctioned meet. In conjunction with Reston Land, RSTA hosted an eight-team Invitational Memorial Day relay meet to celebrate the opening of the new 50-meter Lake Newport Pool.
1988: Added a new team at Lake Newport (LN). Revised time standards, raised eligible age to 6, held Long Course Relay Meet, lowered cap to 85 swimmers. All-Star Meet was renamed Ro Rosennweig All-Star Meet.
1989: Retained cap of 85 swimmers per team and same number of teams (9). Continued efforts to upgrade the quality of training for meet officials. Parent participation fee raised to $25.
1990: Raised cap to 90 swimmers per team, kept nine (9) teams, raised registration fee to $45 per swimmer and revised time standards.
1991: After serious discussion of cutting back on the number of teams, RSTA decided to keep nine (9) teams but try to recover from a budget deficit in 1990 by reducing some expenditures and raising fees to $50 per swimmer. Also, nine teams were maintained in the hope that Reston Association's decision to roll pools fees into the general homeowner's assessment would boost swim team participation. A "C" category for swimmers ages 15-18 was added. A program was started to gain sponsors for RSTA from local businesses.
1992: Combined the boundaries of the North Shore and Uplands teams to create a new team called Lake Anne (AN). A new team at Autumnwood (AW) was added. Cap of 90 swimmers, fees of $50 per swimmer, total of nine (9) teams retained. Time standards were revised. The two RSTA Winter Swim programs offered at the Reston Community Center were very successful. In memory of RSTA swimmer and Coach Kevin Coffey, RSTA began giving the Kevin Coffey Spirit Award to a deserving swimmer on each team.
1993: With the 1992 enrollment of summer swimmers reaching a record high of nearly 800, nine (9) teams with a cap of 90 swimmers per team and the $50 registration fee were retained for 1993. There was a major emphasis on replacing old equipment. A July 4th Relay Carnival for RSTA swimmers was held to celebrate RSTA's 20th anniversary.
1994: The Board decided to change the boundaries on the south side of Reston and to redistribute the Lake Thoreau swimmers between Ridge Heights and Lake Audubon. With this change, the south side now has five (5) teams and RSTA has eight (8) teams with a cap of 100 swimmers per team. The fee of $50 per swimmer was retained.
1995: RSTA retained eight (8) teams with a cap of 100 swimmers per team. The registration fee of $50 per swimmer and parent participation fee of $25 were retained.
1996: Eight (8) teams and a cap of 100 were retained. Dues were increased to $60 per swimmer. Parent Participation fee unchanged. RSTA's Winter Swim program was very successful.
1997: RSTA added a ninth team and dropped the cap to 90 swimmers per team. The new team, North Hills (NH), will share pool space with Lake Newport team on the north side of Reston. Dues remained at $60 per swimmer and the Parent Participation fee was eliminated. The Winter Swim program reached capacity in all sessions and a new 4-week mini session was added.
1998: Celebrating its 25th anniversary RSTA retained nine (9) teams with a cap of 90 swimmers per team. Boundary divisions were made to the north side of Reston. Time standards were revised. Changes to the schedule this year included changing the IM Time Trials Meet to a Finals Meet and eliminating the Individual Medley (IM) Meet from the All-Star Meet. All-Star Meet changes included the addition of age group relays and of an additional heat to each event to allow more swimmer participation.
1999: RSTA retained nine (9) teams with a cap of 90 swimmers per team. Boundaries were eliminated which allowed swimmers to select their team with preference given to swimmers wishing to remain on their prior year team. This change was deemed successful since very few families opted to switch teams and neighborhoods were no longer arbitrarily split between different pools. The IM Meet remained a Final Meet. The All-Star Meet changes included returning to two heats (12 swimmers) per event, while the Age Group Relays were kept in the meet promoting more swimmer participation. The RSTA winter swim program at the Reston Community Center continues to be a tremendous success.
2000: RSTA had another very successful year with nine (9) teams each with a cap of 90 swimmers. Based on the prior year’s success of registration without boundaries, the registration process remained unchanged. The Time Standards were updated in keeping with the biennial review schedule. The team managers were encouraged to select two Team Assistants in a concerted effort to introduce more swimmers to the field of RSTA coaching. In addition, the Board of Directors voted to increase the number of team representatives from two to three per pool, in order to involve more community members in the running of the League. To ensure the safety of individual swimmers, a new procedure was implemented which requires the testing of all 8 and under swimmers new to the league to verify their capability in swimming one length of the pool.
2001: RSTA enjoyed another successful year in the Reston community with nine (9) teams and over 800 swimmers participating in our summer league. The testing of new swimmers, ages 8 and under, continued to ensure the safety of all participants. Successful implementation of the RSTA web site (www.RSTA.org) provided ready access to meet results and league information, and the increased use of the swim meet computer software enabled the league to quickly and more accurately calculate competition data.
2002: With another successful swim season, the League’s web site (www.RSTA.org) continued to improve with the meet results being posted more efficiently and more information becoming available to the community. Other enhancements included individual team web pages. The latest expansion team (North Hills which was added in 1997) enjoyed its first winning season. The winter swim program continued to be very successful with the individual programs filled to capacity.
2003: This was the 30th family picnic at the Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole, Lake Fairfax, VA. It was such a success that we plan to make this an annual event, replacing the annual amusement park trip done in the past. RSTA designed and sold the All-Star tee-shirts, bringing these profits directly into RSTA. The Board of Directors made several changes to our summer season program—a coaches’ mentor was added to help further develop the skills of our coaching staff, several evening Stroke & Turn clinics were run by the mentor, and, perhaps most significantly, scoring for the meets was computerized, increasing the speed accuracy of scoring, reducing the number of volunteers needed at the scoring table, and making it easier to post the results to our website.
2004: The league had nine (9) teams, and changed the cap from 90 to 95 swimmers per team. However, the Board eliminated the sibling rule, which had allowed siblings to join the team, as long as at least one sibling was already on the team, even though the team would then exceed the cap. The time standards for "A", "B", and "C" swimmer classification were updated. The Board instituted guidelines for the rotation of coaches away from their home teams for at least one year to give them experience with different managers and teams. A coaches' mentor helped develop coaches and swimmers by observing practices and providing advice. The mentor also taught stroke and turn clinics for swimmers during the season. We worked with the Reston Association to ensure that major pool renovations met league needs, replacing lane lines and other equipment with renovations.
2005: RSTA began online registration, in the hopes of simplifying the registration process for all of our members. For the first time in many years, all of our teams were full and the Winter Swim program was filled to capacity this year. The Water Mine continues to be a popular venue for our all league party. The RSTA website continues to be updated and improved, bringing the league into the 21st
2006: RSTA continued with nine (9) teams, and increased the cap from 95 to 100 swimmers to accommodate growing demand. Online registration continued for the second year, and returning swim families were given priority over new swimmers. The time standards were adjusted in accordance with the biennial rotation policy. The Board formerly adopted the U.S. Swimming rules with respect to league competition. The Winter Swim program continued to flourish with all sessions filled to capacity. The annual All-Star meet continued a tradition of unified themes with the Pirates of Reston. Each team flew their own swimmer-designed Jolly Roger flag during the All Star Parade to open the 2006 All-Star meet.
2007: RSTA continued its success with nine (9) teams capped at 100 swimmers even though demand continued to outpace available swimmer capacity. Online registration continued for the third year with the registration process adjusted for a three tiered approach in which returning swim families were given first priority, then winter swimmers, then new swimmers. The Winter swim program continued to flourish with all sessions filled to capacity. The annual All-Star meet continued a tradition of unified themes with "Harry Potter" as this year's theme. RSTA and RA renewed their contract for another three year term. Based upon the Personnel Committee's recommendation, the coaching program was enhanced to include a second junior coach, salary increases, a retention incentive program, and increased training requirements.
2008: RSTA continued to build upon its successful track record in the first decade of the 21st century. The league continued with nine (9) teams capped at 100 swimmers even though demand continued to outpace available swimmer capacity. Online registration continued for a fourth year with the registration process and registrar duties adjusted at the end of the season to obtain a better balance between flexibility and operational excellence at an optimal workload for Registrar and Registration Committee. The Winter swim program continued to flourish even though the fall session was adversely impacted by the delayed opening of the Reston Community Center. The annual All-Star meet continued a tradition of unified themes with "Olympics" as this year's theme in honor of the 2008 Summer Olympics in China. RSTA attempted to conduct an inter-league relay carnival with the Herndon Swim League, but the event had to be canceled due to significant logistics challenges. The RSTA board experienced a significant turnover of board members with many long-time board members leaving because of their children reaching adulthood.
2009: RSTA had another year of heavy demand for positions on its nine swim teams, which all swam the season filled to capacity. Winter Swim programs were also filled to capacity. On the advice of past Registrars and overall Board awareness of the labor-intensive work required to register swimmers, the Board unanimously supported hiring a part-time registration assistant. The Personnel Committee updated and expanded the training program for coaches and improved overall communication and management oversight. A new computerized scoring and seeding system was also implemented at the start of the season which was highly successful though required a few unanticipated adjustments as the season progressed. Implementation and use of HY-TECH meet and team management software brought an end to the era of swimmer cards.
2010: RSTA experienced another year of strong demand for its programs and growing popularity of the Winter Swim Program. The position of Registration Assistant was a huge success and was expanded to include administrative responsibilities for Winter Swim. The Rules Committee reviewed and updated standard meet requirements and rules to adjust for changes and issues that arose from the Hy-Tech scoring system put in place a few years ago. Personnel Committee received a large number of applications this year for coaching positions Improvements continue to be done to the RSTA website to make it more user-friendly and to increase access to statistical information.
2012: Once again, all teams were at or near capacity, demonstrating the continuing high demand for RSTA’s summer swim league. The season was plagued by record bad weather, starting with thunderstorms during the first week of practice. Then, the derecho severe weather event the region experienced on June 29th, 2012 led to the cancellation of a Saturday morning dual meet for the first time in recent memory. The meet was ultimately rescheduled on a weeknight. Additionally, the annual IM meet was postponed by a night due to repeated lightning strikes in the area and then had to be cut short the following evening, again due to weather. The remaining IM heats were finally completed immediately following the All Star meet.