2018 All Star Meet

Date: Saturday, July 28th

Location: Lake Newport Pool

Time:

  • Warn-Ups:
    • 6:30-6:45 - 8 & Unders
    • 6:45-7:00 - 9-10s and 11-12s
    • 7:00-7:15 - 13-14s and 15-18s

 Reminders:

  • Let your managers know if your swimmer(s) will be available to participate if called upon
  • Swimmers will find out if they are swimming in the All Star Meet at their team party on Sunday, July 22nd  **
  • Buy your All Star merchandise online now at https://squareup.com/store/RSTA. The store will close on Tuesday, July 24th
  • Don’t forget to volunteer! Managers will let you know how after the team parties.

 Any questions? Please contact Nancy Cazenas (RSTA IMs/All Stars Chair) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

**Updated Seeding Process for the All Star Meet (details below):

 

The top 12 swimmers in each stroke, per gender and age group, are invited to compete. RSTA utilizes a computer program to identify the top 12 swimmers in each event, plus the swimmers with the 13th and 14th fastest times, to ensure there are 2 alternate swimmers in case any of the top 12 cannot participate at the last minute. Since swimmers can only swim a maximum of 2 events, many swimmers with times that are not in the top 12 at the conclusion of the final regular season swim meet end up able to participate in All Stars. The computer program ensures a swimmer is included in no more than the maximum of two events and automatically picks the next fastest swimmer, maximizing swimmer participation.

 

The program seeds the #1 swimmer in fly, back, breast, then free and then seeds the #2 swimmer in that same stroke order, with each swimmer only being selected for two individual events. Once a swimmer has been selected for two events, their name drops out of consideration for the other two events and other swimmers may move up in the overall rankings. Swimmers who are ranked #1 in more than two events are the only swimmers given the option of expressing a preference.

This year, we are using a newly-developed program that utilizes a different algorithm to seed swimmers.

 

What is the Same?

  • Swimmers who are ranked #1 in more than two events will still be given the option of expressing a preference and will be seeded accordingly.
  • Swimmers will still be selected for no more than two individual events, and once a swimmer has been selected for two events, their name drops out of consideration for the other two events and other swimmers may move up in the overall rankings.

What is New?

  • This program will look at the rankings for each stroke based upon the top times, and seed swimmers in the two strokes where they rank the highest and have the best advantage.
  • If a swimmer is ranked equally in more than two strokes, the program determines the swimmer's best advantage by calculating the difference between his or her time, and the swimmer's time ahead of him or her. Whichever event has the smallest delta is where the swimmer will be seeded, rather than left to right. In the situation where a swimmer has already been seeded in an event, the same logic holds if they are ranked equally in two.

2018 Summer Swim Schedule!

First Day of Practice - May 29

First Meet - June 9

Dual Meets - June 16, June 23, July 7, July 14, July 21

Individual Medley Meet: July 18

All Stars Meet - July 28

Bye Weekend for all Teams - June 30

**New Swimmer Evaluations will be held on Sundays from 8-9 am on March 4th, March 18th, April 8th and April 22nd. We will also hold a small session on Friday, April 13th from 7-8 pm.  All evaluations will be held at Reston Community Center at Hunters Woods.  Additional dates may be added as needed.

Week 1 - June 9, 2018
Lake Audubon @ Autumnwood (Meet Program, Psych Sheet, LA Entries, AW Entries)
Glade @ Hunters Woods (Meet Program, Psych Sheet, GL Entries, HW Entries)
Lake Newport @ Lake Anne (Meet Program, Psych Sheet, LN Entries, AN Entries)
Ridge Heights @ North Hills (Meet Program, Psych Sheet, RH Entries, NH Entries)

Week 2 - June 16, 2018
Autumnwood @ Lake Newport (Meet ProgramPsych SheetAW EntriesLN Entries)
 Lake Audubon @ Glade (Meet ProgramPsych SheetLA EntriesGL Entries)
Hunters Woods @ Ridge Heights (Meet ProgramPsych SheetHW EntriesRH Entries)
North Hills @ Lake Anne (Meet ProgramPsych SheetNH EntriesAN Entries)

Week 3 - June 23, 2018
Ridge Heights @ Autumnwood (Meet ProgramPsych Sheet, RH EntriesAW Entries)
Glade @ Lake Newport (Meet ProgramPsych Sheet, GL Entries, LN Entries)
Lake Anne @ Hunters Woods (Meet ProgramPsych SheetAN Entries, HW Entries)
North Hills @ Lake Audubon (Meet ProgramPsych Sheet, NH EntriesLA Entries)

Week 4 - June 30, 2018
BYE WEEK for All Teams

Week 5 - July 7, 2018
Lake Anne @ Autumnwood (Meet ProgramPsych SheetAN EntriesAW Entries)
Glade @ Ridge Heights (Meet ProgramPsych SheetGL EntriesRH Entries)
Hunters Woods @ Lake Audubon (Meet ProgramPsych SheetHW EntriesLA Entries)
Lake Newport @ North Hills (Meet ProgramPsych SheetLN EntriesNH Entries)

Week 5 - July 8, 2018

Make Up Meet - Ridge Heights @ Autumnwood  (Meet ProgramPsych SheetRH EntriesAW Entries)

Week 6 - July 14, 2018
Autumnwood @ Hunters Woods (Meet ProgramPsych SheetAW EntriesHW Entries)
North Hills @ Glade (Meet ProgramPsych Sheet, NH EntriesGL Entries)
Lake Audubon @ Lake Anne (Meet ProgramPsych Sheet, LA EntriesAN Entries)
 Ridge Heights @ Lake Newport (Meet ProgramPsych SheetRH Entries, LN Entries)

July 18, 2018
IM Finals @ Lake Newport (6pm) (Meet Program, Psych Sheet)

Week 7 - July 21, 2018
Autumnwood @ Glade (Meet ProgramPsych SheetAW EntriesGL Entries)
Hunters Woods @ North Hills(Meet ProgramPsych Sheet, HW EntriesNH Entries)
Lake Anne @ Ridge Heights(Meet ProgramPsych Sheet, AN EntriesRH Entries)
Lake Newport @ Lake Audubon(Meet ProgramPsych Sheet, LN EntriesLA Entries)

July 28, 2018
All Stars Meet @ Lake Newport (Meet Program, Psych Sheet, Team Entries Below)

AN Entries, AW Entries, GL Entries, HW Entries, LA Entries, LN Entries, NH Entries, RH Entries

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.

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) 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.

 

 

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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2018 RSTA Handbooks

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