Vote “YES” in the ballot question facing voters in the City of Pittsburgh’s general election

Thanks for the consideration and “YES” vote.

ballot question
Photo of the ballot question with some fancy dots to over-compensate for the drab text.

Presently, those that have jobs with the City of Pittsburgh, (such as firefighter, policeman, EMS worker, and city council member) can NOT be hired as coaches with Pittsburgh Public Schools. Let’s fix this with YES votes.

Time Out! I Didn’t Hear You (ebook and free download)

Here is the link to TimeOut!

https://pitt.app.box.com/v/TimeOut

Enjoy.

The new release has two flavors. One is for scholastic sports and the other is for collegiate sports.

Players, coaches, administrators, health-care professionals, parents, guardians, officials and friends can gain insights with this free, ebook that addresses sports participation and issues related to hearing.

Back To School Event — #WeArePPS — District visits Langley on 8/21

All from Pittsburgh Public Schools are headed to a back-to-school event at Langley K-8 from 1 to 5 pm on Monday, August 21, 2017 — and everyone is reminded to bring their swim suits, towels and goggles.

The Langley pool is small, but a nice place for a full-pool SKWIM game, Ultimate-style. Coach will bring the disks, head-bands and fins. We hope to get some kids from Summer Dreamers back in the water and even a few spectators to watch, learn about SKWIM, cheer on the kids and begin to plan on attending the Saturday Swim School events that are slated for throughout the school year.

The Langley Water Polo Stadium

Pittsburgh Langley K-8 is located at 2940 Sheraden Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15204.

After the Langley event, our next couple of practices for kids and adults happens on Tuesdays

  • 6 pm to 7:30 pm on Tuesday, August 22, at Northisde’s Citiparks Sue Murray outdoor pool
  • 6 pm to 7:30 pm on Tuesday, August 29, at Northside’s Citiparks Sue Muray outdoor pool

Update

About 20 kids got in the water at the pool at Langley for the special event. There were hundreds of kids and parents present, including administrators and Antonio Brown of of the Steelers.

Update and message home from Tan, coach with PPS Summer Dreamers Swim & Water Polo

One of our staff members at Swim & Water Polo on the Northside, Tan, sent home a message to the Pittsburgh Summer Dreamers. He left camp after a few weeks for a trip to Europe to play, train and better condition himself in the sport of water polo.

Tan is a student at North Allegheny and also plays with Tiger Water Polo.

Talking to the water polo players about a pending trip to Europe, where the sport of water polo is even more popular than the NBA is the the USA.

 

 

 

 

Earlier in the summer, at the University of Pittsburgh, we got to watch Tan play at the Pittsburgh Combine event. Here is one of his plays. He is wearing the dark cap and is playing offense, the hole-set position.

Coaches include: Curtis, Tan, Rebekah, Katie, Julia and Kyra. Plus, Coach Mark took the photo.

Game Day — 11 am on Tuesday, August 8, 2017, at The Pittsburgh Project’s outdoor pool

You are INVITED…..

More Swim & Water Polo

for Year-Round Achievers

Join Coach Mark Rauterkus and others of all ages and all abilities at the pools on these dates:

GAME DAY, SKWIM Ultimate, on Tuesday, August 8, 2017, from 11 to 1 pm at the outdoor swim pool of The Pittsburgh Project, 2801 North Charles Street, Northside.

SKWIM Ultimate at TPP

Every Tuesday and Thursday from 6 to 7:30 pm at Citiparks Ammon Swim Pool, outdoors, Bedford Ave and Memory Lane, Hill District. Adults in the deep end. Kids and volunteers in the middle depth.

Monday, August 21, 1 pm to 2 pm at PPS Langley K-8, for #WeArePPS Back to School event. Indoor. Limited spaces. PPS only. Reserve your spot as the pool is not so large. Langley is at 2940 Sheraden Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15204.

Saturdays starting in September and throughout the fall, winter and spring from 11:30 to 1 pm at our Saturday Swim School at Oliver Citywide Academy, formerly Oliver High School, 2323 Brighton Road, Northside, Pittsburgh, 15212.

News, calendar and photos at CLOH.org. Courses at Play.CLOH.org.

Help us as we build AQUATIC opportunities into the mission within PPS Community Schools.

Coach Mark is presently the varsity coach at PPS Obama Academy and has been a college coach for nine season.

Always okay to call, text or email Coach Mark Rauterkus, 412-298-3432 = cell, Mark@Rauterkus.com, to confirm. Also, check the calendar at CLOH.org for more details.

Last day of Summer Dreamers does NOT mean we are finished with swimming, water polo nor SKWIM

Summer Dreamers played water polo on the Northside at PPS Allegheny Middle School on August 1. 

Join in the fun:

6 pm to 7:30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, weather permitting and while the pools are open, at Citiparks’ Ammon Rec Center Outdoor Pool, corner of Bedford Ave and Memory Lane, Hill District.

11 am to 2 pm on Tuesday, August 8, at The Pittsburgh Project, Charles Street, Northside.

See the calendar for other events too!

post-dreamers-handout

Highlights from Camp U-Prep’s Connected Writing via Coach April

Jullian

I know how to swim. Before swimming, I learned how to swim. The best part of Swim & Water Polo is swimming. Excited to learn nothing.

Nautica

When summer began I knew I will have fun about swimming. I have learned how to swim on my back.The best part about Swim & Water Polo is we have fun in the water polo. It is nice and exciting to learn how to swim in the deep.

Sanir

When summer began, I knew to hold your breath. I learned how to swim better.

The best part with Swim & Water Polo is that it’s new for me.

I’m excited to learn about water polo.

Tamaj

When summer began I knew that there were different strokes and I knew that you can do different races in swimming. I have learned how to blow bubbles out of my nose. The best part about Swim & Water Polo is when you get free time. I’m excited to learn how to tread water better.

Jaylen S

When summer started I knew that swimming was going to be about swimming. I have learned about swimming that swimming was going to be fun. The best part about Swim & Water Polo is blowing bubbles. I’m excited to learn about blowing bubbles.

Alyse

I knew how to be safe in swimming class about swimming. I have learned how to swim with flippers. The best part about Swim & Water Polo is to swim in deep water. I’m excited to learn how to beat people in swimming contests.

Eric

When summer began, I knew it was about swimming. I have learned swimming. The best part about Swim & Water Polo is practice. I’m excited to learn stuff.

Elizabeth

I knew how to be safe in swimming class about swimming. I have learned how to swim with flippers. The best part about Swim & Water Polo is to swim in deep water. I’m excited to learn how to beat people in swimming contests.

Noa

(Concerning the course, Get Your Feet Wet – Swimming) Part 5 was mostly about how to do backstroke. Part 6 was mostly about how to do butterfly. Part 7 was mostly about social skills. Part 7 teaches me about forming, storming, normalizing, performing. It also teaches me about respectfulness. Part 6 sold me that the hands has to move at the same time. You also have to kick your feet at the same time. Part 5 told me that you have to kick e times each stroke. You have to lie on your back to do the back strokes.

Eduardo

The backstroke is a back that you should lay in the water with a kickboard in a nice body position and kick. The head should lay back a little bit more. And also you need to hug on the kickboard in the front.

Bobby

The butterfly style is very hard for me because the legs — I don’t know how to do the leg, but they are very fast.

The freestyle. I know how to swim freestyle but I can’t swim very fast. If i swim with them, I will not win.

I read about swimming. I know how to be safe in the swim pool, know how to save the person when they fall in the pool. I know when we jump in the water your hand should be in front of your head to save your head.

Timmy

I know that if you want to swim really fast you have to wear swimming cap. You have to keep swimming to not die. I know you need to close your mouth in the water. When you are swimming you move your hands and feet. Roll, but try not to twist to much. Gentle kick on the kickboard. Hold the board, not your nose. Put your goggles on your eyes, not your forehead.

Timmy, page 2:

If you want to float, you have to relax your body to go to any position you want. Drop hips, draw knees back. Reach your arms backwards and push forward while straightening your legs.

Scull out around and back to your chest. Position your hands to push differetly, backwards to propel you forward extends the length of time you are apply backward force.

Respectfulness is shown through using good communication skills.

Respecting an opponent is important because a good opponent forces you to do your best.

Robert

Water polo began in England. Polo comes from “pulu” meaning “ball.” The first United States games were played in 1888. Games were played like rugby and were won more from strength then skill. It was the first Olympic team sport in 1900.

Kiera

Khwan

USA man water polo, you have to pass in unison.

You are not to fight in the water.

The ball is in the middle of water, go get the ball.

There are two teams. They both have to get to the end of the pool and you have to swim to get the ball.

Jake

We watched “water polo” yesterday. it was ROU vs. USA. It was a tough match. it ended on 5-5. The teams both were trying to do trick shots.

Shaquan

Romania and America are tied, 2-2. Now its 3-3. I hope USA wins. It is still 3-3 and second quarter now. 4-3 Rou is winning. It is 5-5 USA is going to win 5-6. USA is winning 7-5. USA go 8-6. USA, USA. 9-6. 10-7, USA won.

Jeremiah

Lesson 1

I learn how to do submerge face, bobbing up and down.

Blowing bubbles is when your position your lips in the water.

Hold your breath since it helps with buoyancy.

Lesson 2

Swim with someone watching: lifeguard, parent.

Stay out of water if you are very tired, cold, or over heated.

Only go feet first down the slide.

Lesson 3

The pull buoy is a floating device that sits between the swimmers legs.

There are two types of snorkles: contour and drop away.

A wetsuit will keep you warm in cold water.

Regeine

Butterfly stroke. You lie in your down position.

Good communication is especially important among members of a relay team.

Smoothing: One party give up its goals in order to maintain the friendship.

Zaire

Backstroke: Backstroke you have to be on your back. Your arms have to go backwards. You have to push off the diving block.

Butterfly: Both hands have to touch each other. Your feet have to be together. your arms have to come all the way out of the water.

Social skills: You have to pay attention and focus. Your swim form has to be good. Your performance has to be good for other people.

For swimming butterfly, both harms have to touch. For freestyle you can just swim freely. For each medal, you know how many players. When they jump in, they don’t do swimming, they do a type of butterfly.

For the equipment, they show things for swimming. Equipment that I use is a kicking board. Some equipment groups are training, snorkeling, swimming. For pool safety, you need a lifeguard.

Trophy day at Camp U-Prep

 

Exercise models

Exercise models worked with a book and their bodies to make a new quiz for a new class, A for Athlete 101.

See the course, A for Athlete 101, at Play.CLOH.org for a new quiz, and the gallery.

Take the exercise quiz in the course, A for Athlete 101.

Next challenge, our SDA17 Med Ball Exercise Routine.

Superstar challenge, the Warm-Up Exercises with Arm Swings (routine).