SKWIM, Ultimate style, with squad, Wind Cave

This is still the first week of camp and we are playing our second type of SKWIM game and have also played a little bit of water polo too.

SKWIM, Ultimate style, is played with an “end zone.” A point is scored after the offensive team passes the disk into the opponent’s end zone and another player on the offensive team gets to the disk first, keeping it above the surface of the water.

Unlike football and rugby, one can not swim nor carry the disk across the goal line by yourself. There must be a pass over the goal line to a teammate. When the pass happens, like all passes in SKWIM, the disk must touch the surface of the water. No air-to-air passes nor air-to-air passes for a score.

Other rules to note:

When a person has the disk, it can be held for up to three seconds. Not four seconds. Hold onto the disk too long and it is a turnover and the other team gets the disk.

When a person has the disk, the disk can not be taken out of his or her hands. The defense can block the pass. But stealing the disk within the three-seconds of possession is not permitted. No body contact too!

More photos of Wind Cave

Camp U-Prep Swim & Water Polo

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Summer Dreamers’ Camp King Swim & Water Polo Squad: Voyageurs with Mr. Singleton

Photos taken at the end of practice on the first day of swimming at SDA17, Summer Dreamers Academy in 2017. Swimming happens at Allegheny Middle School. The academics and lunch happens at Pittsburgh King.

UPDATE: U-Prep Permission Slip for Swim & Water Polo — Urgent Turn Around Please


So sorry. The field trip has been called off as per messages from central office at Pittsburgh Public Schools. Ugh. So sad. We got on-site approval. Had the support of the water polo organizers. They were excited to have us come and watch as well. Then we make up the permission slips. Plus, we had almost universal buy-in from the guardians and the kids. Almost everyone had turned back a signed permission slip. Finally, the day before our slated trip — Thursday — today — we got the bad news. Can’t go. We won’t get to stray off campus at all in 2017. Really disappointed. We had done this in the past with Swim & Water Polo as part of Summer Dreamers.


Dear Guardians of Students in Swim & Water Polo activity at U-Prep:

The enclosed permission slip needs your attention and prompt return to the Swim & Water Polo teachers at U-Prep as we want to hike with all of our students from U-Prep to Pitt’s campus this week (on either Thursday or Friday) to watch water polo tournament games.

We seek your permission to walk to Pitt’s Tree’s swim pool to be spectators of these high-level games among high school players from around the region. After the 15-minute walk, we’ll observe the action and setting for about an hour. We’ll share many teachable moments and return to U-Prep in plenty of time for the regular bus ride at the end of the camp day. This field trip is to happen within the regular day’s activities at regular times in the afternoon activity. Of course, an early dismissal on that day would not be practicable.

Going on either Thursday or Friday depends upon weather, tournament schedule and getting a group of signed permission slips returned. Please have your child return this form to the Swim & Water Polo Coaches or else insert the signed form in the envelope for permission slips for Swim & Water Polo at the office.


Coach Mark Rauterkus


+ + + + Return to Camp U-Prep office or give to Swim & Water Polo teachers + + + +

Guardian’s Name: ___________________________

Phone #: ___________________________

Student’s Name(s): ___________________________

I give permission for my child to hike off campus from Camp U-Prep to Pitt’s swim pool to watch part of a competitive water polo tournament in the afternoon on Thursday, June 29 and/or Friday, June 30, 2017 as part of Swim & Water Polo activities.

Signed: ___________________________

Today’s Date: ___________________________

RETURN to Swim & Water Polo Teachers at Camp U-Prep


The schedule for the water polo tournament has been posted and is in the image below. Since there are no games slated for Thursday afternoon, the Swim & Water Polo students from U-Prep’s Summer Dreamers are going to need to go on Friday. We’ll need to depart quickly from lunch and walk quickly up the hill to make it to the game. Lunch is over at 1:40. Game begins at 1:30 am. The game is a girls game for either first place or third place.

Other students and families can go to the watch the games after camp ends on both Thursday and Friday. I am going to encourage the Camp King students to go to the pool on Thursday at 6 pm to watch our teacher, Ton, play in one of his games. He is playing in the blue boxes (for boys) with the Tiger team.

Kate, another staff member at Swim & Water Polo at Camp King, plays in the pink boxes (for girls) and Tiger. Her game on Thursday is at 8:10 pm.

To Pittsburgh Public Schools Administrators concerning the new Community Schools

Version 2. If you want the edition of the slide deck in iOS’s Keynote, just ask.

Tip: Click the zoom box so that the slides fill your entire screen. Comments, questions and discussions welcome, in person or leave a note below.

More discussion about the role of aquatics as part of PPS Community Schools can occur at 4:40 pm on Monday, August 21, as part of the #WeArePPS event at Langley. We’ll be in the resource area. See more insights at the other posting.

Expand the pool of eligible coaches for Pittsburgh Public Schools by including city workers

Article link in the Post-Gazette newspaper.

Clip of newspaepr.
The example of Mayor Bill Peduto coaching the Carrick High School ice hockey team was fun, especially as the Penguins are playing home games for the Stanley Cup. But, the example fails on a few other levels. Many example exist. A better example: Cory O’Connor, an elected member of Pittsburgh City Council and a city employee, is the varsity golf coach at Pittsburgh Central Catholic (not a public school). Under the existing conditions, he could not be hired to be the coach at Pittsburgh Allderdice, a public school.

Additional background statement created at the Saturday Swim School.

Agenda of Standing Committee Meeting, June 7, 2017

Ordinance amending and supplementing the Pittsburgh Home Rule Charter, Article VII - Personnel, Section 707 - Multiple Employment Prohibited, by adding a new subsction f which will allow City employees being able to be scholastic sports coaches in part-time positions with Pittsburgh Public Schools.

The above text was put on hold for review of the City’s Law Department. Further text is not yet available. Expected action would be a change by substitution to make the amendment f as a ballot question at the next city-wide election.


Within Pittsburgh Public Schools, there is no shortage of athletic coaches.

Northside grant for $1k is due soon

I’m going to apply for a grant for funding from The Sprout Fund for $1,000.

I applied for this in the past and did not get it, sadly. I think the reasoning, in part, was that I’m from the South Side. True. But I coached the Manchester Academic Charter School students and that is at the Northside’s Sarah Heinz House. I coach the kids at The Pittsburgh Project in the summer and that is on Charles Street. And, we operate the Saturday Swim School at the Northside’s Oliver High School pool.

This year we will also be coaching the Pittsburgh Public Schools Summer Dreamers with Swim & Water Polo at Allegheny school on the Northside. it is right across the street from the National Aviary.

Propaganda for PIAA coaches a fellow swim coach from Pittsburgh

Dear Fellow Swim Coaches:

Your opinions, feedback and participation are welcomed, at your leisure, as you are able. Thanks for the consideration.

#1. You, your spouse, other helpers with you team, and even a few of your varsity swimmers are invited to join in at a seminar and demonstration as well as post-game social to be held in Pittsburgh’s South Side starting at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at the historic, Citiparks’ Oliver Bath House. Out of town guest include aquatic experts with the National Drowning Prevention Alliance ( and Kevin McCarthy of Washington state,  inventor of the aquatic game, SKWIM. Bring your swim suit and towel as we will put our PA friends into SKWIM games with opponents from around the nation, learning about this terrific game that you might want to deploy in your facilities too. Then walk to post game social at 9 pm at our home / office at 108 S. 12th Street, South Side, Pgh 15203.

Tickets / RSVP at – or –

#2. This past season EVERY high school swim meet we hosted in the city had to begin at 2:30 pm, due to officials shortages. Ugh.

#3. Because we need more community engagement, and officials, I am most interested in starting a wide reaching ALUMNI SWIMMING effort. Sure, there is Masters swimming, Tri swimming, Masters Water Polo and Underwater Hockey. All happen in Pittsburgh. Plus, a few of the largest districts have annual alumni events too. Great. But, I think this is the right time to launch a PA and WPIAL SWIM ALUMNI organization. I will be happy to do the heavy lifting and get this started, but would you be willing to serve on a steering committee and participate in a few conference calls? If so, send an email to

#4. Another way to expand and improve swimming in PA, that I think we should address, comes with the formation of another CLASS beyond the existing AAA and AA. Let’s ponder the possibilities and ramifications of making a legitimate JV Swim Classification. We have city schools, big and small, that do not have swim teams. Plus, we have teams that are fielding teams that are struggling to survive. A new, “JV designation,” within the rules, with a few JV focused meets, could be most welcomed addition for the sport in many settings. Ideas?

Thanks again. Best wishes to you and your teams.

Mark Rauterkus

Pittsburgh Public Schools’ Obama Academy