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2022 Season Information

Swim Team: Division 11

Dive Team: Division 8

The Rutherford Area Swim Club (RASCC) hosts both swim and dive teams with an emphasis on appropriate technique, team building, and preparation for local competition with nearby community pools. Our coaches and staff run a summer program that’s fun and challenging for all levels!

The swim and dive season begins with practice the day after Memorial Day and ends with the Awards Banquet at the end of July, except for those competing in All Stars the first week of August. The Little Rats begin morning practice on June 14 and have a Lollipop Meet at the end of July to celebrate everything they have learned throughout the summer. The End of Season Awards Banquet, held at the pool pavilion, recognizes all team members, parents, and volunteers for their contributions and commitment to making the Swim and Dive Program successful and fun.  Check the calendar for more detailed information about these and other activities.

For more information, please contact Emma Miller (Swim Team Rep)  or Chris Wade and Cheryl Fegan (Dive Team Reps)

Who Can Join the Water Rats?

The swim and dive team is open to children of Rutherford Civic Association bond members and summer members. (If you would like to join the pool, click here for more information.) 

Generally, children aged 6 and over who can swim one length (25 meters) of the pool unassisted are accepted as swim team members. Children who are 9 and older must be able to complete two lengths (50 meters) to compete in meets. Any child 8 and under who needs assistance to complete a pool length may be asked to swim in the Little Rats program. All interested children are encouraged to come and be evaluated.

Previous dive experience is not required; however, the child must be able to pass the pool swim test. In order to compete in the Dive “A” meet the divers must be able to perform the required dives for their age group.

Please remember that swim team is NOT swim lessons! Please feel free to discuss your child’s skill level with the Team Reps if you have any questions. Private swim lessons are available through our coaching staff for a nominal fee; please inquire with them directly.

Participation Requirements

Registration will be done via Swimtopia. Fees are based on the number of activities per family according to the following schedule: 

First Activity (Swim or Dive) $140
Second Activity (Swim or Dive) $125
Each Additional Activity (Swim or Dive) $115

Swim and Dive Team Registration fees for the 2022 season will be refunded in full if requested in writing prior to June 7, 2022. Registration fees for the Little Rats will be refunded in full if requested in writing prior to June 21, 2022. Requests for refund should be submitted to: RASCC Treasurer, PO Box 2353, Fairfax, VA 22031

Volunteer Hours: A commitment from each family to volunteer during the season is essential to make things run smoothly for the team. All skills and positive personalities are welcome! Families are asked to volunteer at least 8 shifts to assist the swim team; 6 shifts to assist the dive team; or 14 shifts if on both swim and dive teams.

Swim meets require a large volunteer staff of over 40 people to time, officiate, and score. We need you! Meet officials receive free certification training at NVSL Officials Clinics held each year. Please consider attending if you’re interested in any official duties (see Swim Team Volunteer Job Descriptions, Team Contacts, and the upcoming 2022 NVSL Swim Officials Clinic Schedule for additional information).

Communication

Communicating with parents and team members is done primarily through email and this website. Always check your email and/or follow-up with the Team Rep when in doubt.

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