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Inclement Weather

What happens if it rains just before a meet?

Unfortunately, frequent thunderstorms are a reality of the summer swim team experience. When rain is in the forecast or the skies cloud up just before a meet, it is best to come to the pool. Meets will run as long as there is no thunder or lightning present. If thunder or lightning interrupts a meet, there will be a short delay. Swimmers and their families will wait in their cars until a final determination is made by the coaches and meet officials. Having some games or reading material stowed away in the car comes in handy in this situation. You also may want to pack your cars with rain jackets, umbrellas and extra towels to wipe off the bleacher seats. You will appreciate this planning ahead. If there is a rain delay, please DO NOT leave a meet without checking with the Head Coach or the Team Reps.

If early in the day a meet gets postponed, our team reps will inform everyone via e-mail of the change. The same goes for swim practice. Keep apprised of cancellations by checking your e-mail or calling the pool (860-0628).


The Team Reps and/or coaches will send a text via the Rained out App to the distribution list who have signed up to let everyone know if the pool is closed due to weather. If you are unsure, you may always call the pool (703) 860-0628.

Two easy ways to join the Rained out Text notification app:

1) txt fmwswim to 84483, you should receive a confirmation txt back.

2) This page will ask you for your 10 digit number to add to the FMW RainedOut service. Your phone will immediately be txted a validation code that you will then have to enter into the web page to complete the process.

The distribution list gets deleted every year so you need to sign up again at the beginning of each season!

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