Regitration for the 2024 Summer season will begin for ALL families on April 6, 2024 at 7:00AM.

An early bird Registration discount will be applied for swimmers registered April 6 through April 26.

2024 Summer Program

The Reston Swim Team Association (RSTA) Summer Swim program is open to all swimmers between the ages of 5 and 18. The objective and primary purpose of the RSTA is to develop and improve 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. Youth coaches are assigned to each team.  Many are current or former RSTA swimmers. Teams are managed by adult volunteers and are coached by youth swimmers (15-20 year olds).

For all the details on what our swimmers can expect, refer to our handbook.  


The summer swim program is open to all swimmers with a league age between 5 and 18. League Age is based on the swimmer's age as of June 15th of that same year. Participants are not required to be residents of Reston; however, participants that are not members of Reston Association will be charged an additional pool use fee.

Swimmers who are new to RSTA (and are under a league age of 11) must attend a new swimmer placement session in order to ensure that every swimmer is able to participate safely in practices and meets.



Practices are typically held every weekday (excluding some holidays) and are broken into two sessions.  The younger groups (ages 8&U, 9/10) swim first and the older groups (ages 11/12, 13/14, 15-18) swim in the second session.  Prior to the end of the FCPS school year, these practices take place between 7 and 8:45pm. After the FCPS school year ends, practices are held in the mornings between 8 and 9:45am. Practice times vary slightly across teams due to pool schedules.


Dual meets are hosted on Saturday morning from 7:30 to noon, with warm-ups beginning at 7am. At each dual meet, swimmers will participate in three individual events and possibly a relay.  There are also two league-wide meets: an Individual Medley Meet open to swimmers with 4 legal strokes and the All-Star meet (requires time qualification).


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

  •  RSTA registration fee, discounted during the early registration period
  •  RA Pool Use Fee

RSTA Registration Fee

  • The registration fee is $225 during the early registration period (April 6 through April 26), and $250 thereafter.
  • 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 RSTA coach. (Does not apply to Coaches-in-Training.)
  • 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 of 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 pool use fee. 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 conducts an audit of these fees and will apply an additional 20% charge for pool use fees not paid during registration.

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 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 prior to the first practice, a 50% refund will be granted.
  • If any swimmer withdraws after 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 administrative fee.
  • Refund must be requested in writing and sent to the Registrar at [email protected] 

New Swimmer Placements

The New Swimmer Placement (“NSP”) process applies to all swimmers new to the league aged 10 or younger. It is critically important to the league as it ensures the overall safety of the team and of each swimmer. Each NSP 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 NSP, swimmers are grouped by age and are evaluated as they participate in a simulated 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, unassisted pool entry and exit, and treading water. More details on the skills required to join our Summer Swim program can be found on the New Swimmer Placements page. 

RSTA encourages swimmers to prepare for the NSP. Participants are not expected to have mastery of the four strokes. Placements 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 NSP 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 NSP session, swimmers will check in, be marked with a number, and grouped into lanes by age. 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. We recommend placement on a team, the New Wave program, or additional lessons. Families are notified of the placement results via email. 


Financial Aid

RSTA provides financial aid to eligible families.  Those that participate in the programs below are eligible.

  • 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


2024 Team Assignment Priority



Registration Opens

Team Assignment Priority

Returning Swimmer 

April 6

Registrations received before April 20th will be guaranteed spots on the team they swam for in 2023.


Otherwise, swimmers are assigned to their previous team in order of registrations received based on space available on that team.  

Returning Family, New Swimmers

April 6

Assigned to family’s previous team in order of registrations received beginning on April 20, based on space available on that team.  

Returning Swimmer/ Family Team Changes 

April 6

Changes will be processed in the order received based on space available on preferred team beginning on April 20.


If preferred team is full, option will be given to stay with previous team or switch to an alternative team.  

Winter Swim Swimmer

April 6

Assigned to preferred team in order of registrations received based on space available on that team. If preferred team is full, alternative team will be offered. 


Assignments will be processed starting April 20.

Winter Swim Family, New Swimmer

April 6

Assigned to preferred team in order of registrations received based on space available on that team. If preferred team is full, alternative team will be offered.  


Assignments will be processed starting April 20.

New Family

April 6

Assigned to preferred team in order of registrations received based on space available on that team. If preferred team is full, alternative team will be offered.


Assignments will be processed starting April 20.


If you have any questions about registration, please feel free to contact the league Registrar at [email protected]