We made the newspaper! Coverage of Swim & Water Polo in the Post-Gazette

See the Post-Gazette article and be sure to click on the photo to uncover all five of the photos.

To see all five photos from the P-G’s photographer, you need to click on the camera icon on the main image. Only one photo was printed in the newspaper.

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!

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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).

Brick!

We have been doing some “money dives” too — where a hand-full of pennies are tossed in the pool and the kids race to get them back into their team’s bank. Rules change. On day one, only one coin per person at any given time. Then the other day it was everyone for themselves. Still one had to deliver the coins into the bank before it closed — generally open only for 90-seconds.

Treading too

Video show off from Camp King, Squads Voyageurs and Wind Cave

Parade

Includes: Mia, Terrance, Terry, Imani, William, Donovan, Brooke.

Imani

Nahayo

Winning a swim race!

N swimming with underwater view

Abrahem

Cameron and some others

Damian doing butterfly

Damien getting a pull on his underwater pushoff in the streamline by coach.

Surf around and see some other swimmers at CLOH.org.

Update for Guardians of Summer Dreamers in Swim & Water Polo

Dear Parents / Guardians of Youngsters in Summer Dreamers Swim & Water Polo:

Lots of the students are making fine improvements in their swimming abilities in the past week. We have much more to do in the days and weeks to come. Here are some updates:

1. Please take a couple of minutes to fill in this info for me:

http://Play.CLOH.org/rsvp

This would be a GREAT TIME to sit with your youngsters and be certain that specific, important information such as phone numbers, home addresses and email contacts is understood and can be communicated to the right people at the right times.

2. Try not to miss practices. We review but also build upon the skills day-by-day. New strokes and new games are blended into a pathway with the activities and missing days slows down our progress.

3. We invite you to join us in our quest for knowledge, safety awareness and fitness understanding in Swim & Water Polo. A great collection of videos can be watched at home. See our lesson plans:

http://Play.CLOH.org/sda-lessons/

4. Students get to do reflective writing. Lots of those clever insights, cute and adorable too, are posted at http://CLOH.org.

5. Students can WRITE outside of camp time too. Encourage your youngsters to reflect upon their swimming adventures. Help all you can. http://Play.CLOH.org/input/

6. We have an online class called, “Get Your Feet Wet – Swimming,” that everyone should be able to visit and complete. Students need a username and password to log into the course. First names are the usernames, (except for Jaylen_J and Jaylen_S), and passwords are set to SDA17. Give it a whirl. We are replacing the generic illustrations in the course with our own photos and videos.

7. Quiz time. We have four main tests, each with 25 questions. These tests can are online and offer the correct answers after each question. You can repeat the quizzes. They teach about aquatics and elements like SURF conditions, something that is not often experienced in Pittsburgh. A future vacation should not be spoiled with a tragic water event.

8. Are we Facebook friends yet? Community efforts are discussed and announced on Facebook. Send me, Mark Rauterkus, a friend request. This week Pittsburgh City Council is voting on a new change that would allow CITY EMPLOYEES to become sports coaches in Pittsburgh Public Schools.

9. Every Tuesday from 6:00 pm to 7:45 pm, weather permitting, all are invited to join us at Citiparks Ammon Rec Center Pool, Bedford Ave and Memory Lane, The Hill District, for water polo and SKWIM. Hope to see you there soon.

10. We expect to send home PERMISSION SLIPS for our Summer Dreamers so that we can go on a field trip to swim at local outdoor pools a couple of days in camp times. Stay tuned.

Mark Rauterkus, Executive Head Coach, 412-298-3432, Mark@Rauterkus.com

August 21 event, #WeArePPS, at Langley to feature SKWIM & Water Polo

Pittsburgh Public Schools will be hosting its annual back to school event, #WeArePPS, starting at 1 pm on August 21, 2017 — and this year’s event at Langley K-8 is going to include SKWIM and Water Polo.

Every year, families of Pittsburgh flock to an event designed to equip the kids with the resources necessary to achieve a healthy start to the 2017-2018 school year. #WeArePPS is open to all current Pittsburgh Public School students and it takes place at Pittsburgh Langley (2940 Sheraden Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15204) on Monday, August 21, 2017, from 1-5 p.m.

The events in the swim pool are going to happen from 1 to 3 pm. Advance sign-up on a web form is coming.

The event happens on a Monday as barbers are freely available to administer haircuts. This event includes a parent resource fair with information in alignment with districts beliefs. PPS aims to serve students and schools and create effective family and community partnerships in every school.

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Other organizations, companies, and/or PPS departments can be a part of this event by hosting a table in our Parent Resource Fair. Or, you can offer to help us out at the swim pool by leaving a note below in the comment section of this posting. Follow up is expected. In addition to hosting a table, PPS is accepting donations (refreshments, books, school supplies, etc.) to distribute to families. If you’d like to host a table at the resource fair, please respond to Merecedes Howze, mhowze1 – at – pghboe.net by email by Friday, July 21, 2017.

Good News! PPS has already received 98 stuffed book bags from Pittsburgh Moms Blog! There are dire needs for book bags and school supplies.

Game demonstration and competitions with students from Summer Dreamers Swim & Water Polo as well as The Pittsburgh Project are being scheduled.

PPS Langley is one of the five schools designated for the new project, “PPS Community Schools.” Read more insights in efforts to include aquatics as a feature of this venture.