Last Updated: 23 April 2017
Reston Swim Team Association is dependent on its volunteers. A successful swim meet requires each of our parents to be actively involved in some aspect of the meet. Timers, judges, concessions attendants, announcers, starters, and scorekeepers are a few of the positions which are filled by parent volunteers. But, there is one role that can be difficult to fill... the Official!
Your team needs you! Because each meet is a competition between two teams, we need Officials. Officials are the people in white! They are responsible for ensuring that the rules of swimming are upheld and that all swimmers have the opportunity to compete fairly in whatever events they swim. At any meet there are a range of different officials including: referee, starter, and judges (stroke and turns). We need at least 10 officials around the pool to run a meet! So, each team needs a good sized group of Officials it can call on.
Your child will be happy too! As a swimming parent, you will spend a lot of time at the pool each Saturday. You might as well have something to do! The Officials have a great opportunity to: get a close-up view of the action, be involved in decisions, and be active while their child participates in their events and all the extra-curricula activities that makes up a swim meet.
You do not need any specific qualification or experience to start the process of becoming an official. Ideally, each team will have one or two new parents join its Officials group each year. This way, the league has a continuous feed of trained Officials entering the ranks as retiring Officials leave the league.
Please consider training for this critical volunteer role. The RSTA Officials Training sessions for this year are as follows:
5/16/17 (Tue): Officials Training 7-9 pm
5/22/17 (Mon): Officials Training 7-9 pm
6/3/17 (Sat): Officials Training 9-11 am
6/5/17 (Mon): Officials Training 7-9 pm
6/7/17 (Wed): Officials Training 7-9 pm
Last Updated: 25 March 2017
2017 RSTA Summer Swim Registration
3/13/17: Registration dates have been REVISED as follows for the 2017 summer season:
- Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - Registration opened for returning families
- Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - Registration opens for winter swim families
- Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - Registration opens for new families
Any NEW swimmer (i.e. not returning or winter swim) who is 10 or under MUST pass a new swimmer evaluation prior to registering on April 25th. New Swimmer Evaluation dates are as follows:
- Sunday, March 12, 2017 from 8 - 9 am
- Thursday, March 23, 2017 from 7 - 8 pm
- Sunday, April 2, 2017 from 8 - 9 am
- Sunday, April 9, 2017 from 8 - 9 am
- Sunday, April 23, 2017 from 8 - 9 am
All new swimmer evaluations will take place at Reston Community Center (Hunters Woods). Registration for evaluation is open.
Last Updated: 08 March 2017
Summer Swim with RSTA
The Reston Swim Team Association (RSTA) has a summer swim league open to all swimmers between the ages of 6 and 18. The objective and primary purpose of the RSTA is the education of all individuals ages 6-18 for the purpose of developing and improving their capabilities in the sport of swimming. In addition to the development of competitive skills, the RSTA promotes the virtues of good conduct and sportsmanship.
RSTA brings together nearly 900 swimmers from the greater Reston area and these swimmers practice and compete on eight teams. The season runs from late May to the end of July. Coaches for each team are hired each summer. Many are current or former RSTA swimmers.
Last Updated: 18 February 2017
Frequently Asked Questions
Check here for answers to questions new families frequently ask about participating on an RSTA team. If the answer isn't here, check with your team manager!Read more: Frequently Asked Questions (2017)
Last Updated: 25 March 2017
New Swimmer Evaluations and Registration Process
New Swimmer Evaluation Registration is now open!
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We are glad you are thinking about swimming with RSTA this summer. Here are some important things to note about RSTA’s registration process and new swimmer evaluation requirements.
Registration opens up for our summer swim program based on your status with RSTA. The descriptions below will help you identify which date is appropriate for you:
These families have at least one returning swimmer who participated in a minimum of three meets with RSTA summer swim last year. This status will apply to all swimmers in the family, including those who are new to RSTA. Returning families can begin to register for the 2017 summer season on March 21, 2017.
WINTER SWIM FAMILY
These families have at least one swimmer in the family who participated in the RSTA Winter Swim program, but no swimmers swam in the summer league last season. Only swimmer(s) who have met both skill and participation requirements of the RSTA Winter Swim Program may register using this status. Winter swim families may begin to register for the 2017 summer season on April 11, 2017.
Families planning to participate in the upcoming RSTA summer season for the first time (or your swimmer participated in fewer than three meets last summer) will register using the New Family status. New families may begin to register for the 2017 summer season on April 25, 2017.
New Swimmer Evaluations
ALL new swimmers under the age of 11 (as of June 15, 2017) must participate in, and pass, a new swimmer evaluation in order to register for a summer swim team. This evaluation must be completed prior to swim team registration. There is an additional signup for this purpose.
2017 evaluations will be held on the following dates at the Reston Community Center (Hunters Woods) pool:
Sunday, March 12th @ 8-9 am
Thursday, March 23rd @ 7-8 pm
Sunday, April 2nd @ 8-9 am
Sunday, April 9th @ 8-9 am
Sunday, April 23rd @ 8-9 am
What happens at the New Swimmer Evaluation?
The New Swimmer Evaluation (“NSE”) is critically important to the league as it ensures the overall safety of the team and of each swimmer. Each NSE session is run similar to a practice, and gives each swimmer the opportunity to demonstrate his/her willingness to swim, safety while in the water, and readiness for the team environment. At the NSE, swimmers are grouped by age and are evaluated as they participate in a typical 45-minute swim team practice. Practice activities include: swimming lengths of the pool in a front crawl/freestyle position as well as in a backstroke/on their backs position; kicking drills and pool entry (diving). Click here to see what a typical practice looks like.
RSTA encourages swimmers to prepare for the NSE. Participants are not expected to have mastery of the four strokes. Evaluations are conducted in advance of the summer season so that teams can be filled and swimmers are ready to swim on the first practice day (which is the Tuesday after Memorial Day). The goal of NSE sessions is to ensure that all swimmers are safe and comfortable in the water and that the demands of a 60 minute swim practice at the beginning of the season don’t leave a swimmer overwhelmed or surprised.
At each NSE session, swimmers will check in, be marked with a number and grouped into lanes by age. Parents/caregivers are invited to watch their child(ren) from the observation area but, for safety and evaluation reasons, cannot be on deck or in the pool lobby. Swimmers will be taken to their lanes in groups where a coach will guide them through the simulated practice. Evaluators will identify swimmers by their numbers and will observe their abilities. Families are notified of the evaluation results via email. If a swimmer does not pass a NSE, feedback is provided. Swimmers are welcome to “try again” at another NSE session.
New Swimmer Evaluation Tips:
- Swimmers should arrive early for the session to be checked in and ready to swim
- Swimmers should be wearing their bathing suit with goggles/cap/towel in hand
- Swimmers should be familiar with the the freestyle (front crawl) and backstroke and kicking with a kickboard- we highly recommend using the sample practice to help your swimmer know what to expect and minimize those butterflies in his/her stomach.We want them to feel great about showing what they can do.
Last Updated: 18 February 2017
2016 RSTA Handbooks
The RSTA Executive Board's Handbook committee has updated and revised the RSTA Handbook. Now, instead of one multi-purpose handbook for everyone, there are three separate handbooks: one for swimmers and their families, one for coaches and managers, and one for officials. Swimmer handbooks were available for purchase during registration for $5.00. A PDF of the handbook is available here for those who did not order a hard copy.
Last Updated: 08 March 2017
Summer Swim Registration Fees and Refund Policy
There are two components to the summer swim team registration fee:
- RSTA registration fee of $190 per swimmer
- RA Pool Use Fee
RSTA Registration Fee
- This is a per-swimmer fee for up to three eligible swimmers in the family. There is no swimmer fee for the 4th (or additional) swimmer in the family.
- Registration fee is waived for swimmers hired as a 2017 RSTA coach
- Refunds are only given for a team over capacity, major medical emergencies and relocation of residence of more than 50 miles.
RA Pool Use Fee
Reston Association (RA) grants Reston Swim Team Association (RSTA) use of their aquatic facilities for practices and swim meets. As part of the agreement between RA and RSTA, RSTA agrees to collect pool use fees from RSTA families that participate on one of our teams, but do not join the pools owned by RA. When families register for summer swim teams, they will be asked to select their status with RA in order to pay the appropriate 2015 pool usage fee for their family.
Here are the status categories:
- RA Member (owner or renter of property within RA limits) and:
- has already purchased pool passes for all RSTA swimmers for the 2017 season
- plans to purchase pool passes for the 2017 season (and is required to complete the purchase by May 1st)
- Non-RA member and:
- will pay the $80 per swimmer RA pool usage fee ($160 per family maximum) along with RSTA registration
- has already purchased non-member passes from Reston Association for the 2017 season (RA pool usage fee is waived for non-member pass holders)
- plans* to purchase non-member passes from Reston Association for the 2017 season (and is required to complete the purchase by May 1st)
* Non-members who register with RSTA prior to purchasing passes are eligible for a discounted pass from Reston Association so long as the purchase is made in person and proof of RSTA registration is provided.
RSTA Refund Policy
RSTA's refund policy is structured to reflect the league's limited space combined with its popularity within the community.
Refund guidelines for Summer 2017 are as follows:
- A full (100%) refund will only be issued in the event of team over capacity, a major medical emergency, or the relocation of a swimmer's residence to more than 50 miles away.
- If any swimmer withdraws before May 23rd, 2017 (one week before the first practice), a 50% refund will be granted.
- If any swimmer withdraws after May 23rd, 2017 (one week before the first practice), NO REFUND will be granted.
- Exceptions considered on a case-by-case basis for medical refunds and significant moves/transfers.
- ALL Refunds will be subject to a $25 administration fee.
RSTA wishes to make the swim team experience available to as many families in our community as possible and we do not wish financial constraints to impede a family's ability to participate. Therefore, RSTA considers providing financial assistance to families based on need, and the league's ability to fund requests.
If you wish to be considered for financial aid, we will ask you to submit a confidential application with evidence that you qualify for one of the following assistance programs:
- Fairfax County School Free/Reduced-Price Meals (FRPL), i.e. school lunch program
- Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), i.e. food stamps