Summer Swim with RSTA

Summer Swim
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.

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)

New Swimmer Evaluations and Registration Process 

We are glad you are thinking about swimming with RSTA this summer. Please read this important information about RSTA’s registration process and new swimmer evaluation requirements before signing up.

New Swimmer Evaluation ('NSE') Registration for 2018 season is now OPEN!

Register at:  https://www.youthleaguesusa.com/rsta/2018/Evaluation.html

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:

RETURNING FAMILY

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 2018 summer season on March 13, 2018

 

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 2018 summer season on April 3, 2018.

 

NEW FAMILY

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 2018 summer season on April 24, 2018.

 

New Swimmer Evaluations 

ALL new swimmers under the age of 11 (as of June 15, 2018) 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.

 

2018 evaluations will be held on the following dates at the Reston Community Center (Hunters Woods) pool:

Sunday, March 4th @ 8-9 am

Sunday, March 18th @ 8-9 am

Sunday, April 8th @ 8-9 am

Friday, April 13th @ 7 - 8 pm

Sunday, April 22nd @ 8-9 am

Sunday, May 6th @ 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.

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2017 RSTA Handbooks

The RSTA Executive Board has released the 2017 RSTA Handbooks. There are three 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.

2017 Swimmers Handbook Cover     2017 Coaches-Managers Handbook Cover  2017 Officials Handbook Cover

 

Summer Swim Registration Fees and Refund Policy

There are two components to the summer swim team registration fee:

  1.  RSTA registration fee of $190 per swimmer
  2.  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.

Pool Use Fees

Reston Association (RA) grants Reston Swim Team Association (RSTA) use of their aquatic facilities without an hourly rental charge. To comply with the pool use agreement every swimmer must have a pool pass or pay a user fee, regardless of whether the swimmer uses the pools outside RSTA practices and meets.  RA Members are required to purchase (or renew) a pass for each swimmer by June 1.  Non-members have the option to purchase (or renew) a pass OR pay a fee as shown below.

  • First swimmer $80 fee applied during league registration
  • Second (or more) swimmers $160 fee applied during league registration

RA Membership is defined as the owning or renting of a property for which an annual assessment is paid to RA. There are many communities in our area that bear a ‘Reston’ address while not belonging to Reston Association. Some of these are Stratton Woods, Deepwood, Reston Town Center, Sugarland Run, and areas near Great Falls, VA. Non-members who purchase a Pool & Tennis pass for the swimmer (or family) are not subject to the $80 fee. For those persons who have already registered with RSTA prior to buying Non-member passes, a discount can be applied with proper documentation. The revenue generated by the pass purchase or fee charged offsets the facility use by RSTA which is given in partnership with RA and does not incur an hourly charge similar to other rental groups utilizing the Association’s pools.  

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.
  • Refund must be requested in writing and sent to the RSTA Registrar at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Financial Aid

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

 

Financial Aid

RSTA provides financial aid to eligible families to encourage swimmers to participate in the Winter Swim program. If you are already participating in one of the programs below, we require proof of such participation.

  1. Fairfax County School Free/Reduced-Price Meals (FRPL), i.e. school lunch program
  2. Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
  3. Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  4. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), i.e. food stamps

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