New Swimmer Evaluation
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.