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.

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).

Our day at Swim & Water Polo with guardians on August 2 had plenty of highlights and action, as usual!

The following came from the camp director about one week before camp was to end. It had a few holes, evolved and what was done, is published below.

Schedule from Camp Director for Swim & Water Polo activities for Wednesday, April 2.

Activity plan from Coach Mark

We had a wonderful day. We got the students from lunch, as usual, at 12:45 pm. We were blessed to have first lunch, by design, from the camp director. So on all but a couple of days, our group was able to skip recess and go straight into our activities. The final week, we often had our team meeting in room A-5.

From 12:45 to about 1:20, we had our team meeting. We went over this entry form for today’s activities, plus the page below that gave pointers to year-round swimming opportunities.

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The guardians arrived at school and went to the library. At the library, they got insights into what happened with the morning academic programs for literacy and math. That was to about 1:15 pm. Then the PA announcer asked for a guide to walk the respective guardians from the library to the activity classrooms.

From 1:15 to about 1:45, coaches, adults and students continued to meet in A-5 classroom. We reviewed the day’s activities so the visiting adults would know what to expect. We did the dismissal sign-out paperwork so kids won’t be marked as missing for final departure, and we passed out the papers to the adults. All of the coaches had an opportunity to talk to the guardians, visitors and swimmers. Nice thoughts and feelings of appreciation were shared by all.

We took a peek at the online content — and then collected the tablets and headed to the swim pool at Allegheny Middle School.

At the pool, all went well, including this last width of our 20-width warm-up. It called for “super slow motion swimming.

In the first event, the 100-yard kick with fins with a kickboard, we had two entries, brother and sister, Abrahem and Mariam. The best time from week three’s challenge were researched and Mariam had been able to kick 100-yards in 2:07. The last day of camp, again with fins, she kicked the same 100-yard distance in 1:47.3! That was faster than Kate’s kick time of 1:50, but Kate didn’t have fins.

In the other lane, Abrahem had done a 3:07 for the 100-yard kick in the prior time trial, but he didn’t use fins. On the last day of camp, Abrahem was just about tied with his big sister, kicknig a blistering fast, 1:47.6!

The day got off to a great start and went well throughout.

Seven kids did the brick dive.

Then came some two person relays. We had three heats. Coaches got involved. Mr. Singleton closed out the first heat with a win. In the final race, Toby let the girls side catch up so he and Kate could race it home — and Toby won by a stroke. Fun. Fast. Great swimming and efforts from all. Drama in the final 2-person relay was caught on video!

Our backstroke swimmers were fantastic. That was event #4. Watch their show-off race.

Then came the population race. Wind Cave — 14 seconds, but had 2 false starts. Then Voyageurs had 16 second. Go Mia and Zaria.

The SKWIM Ultimate game, 7 on 7, had a 3-0 score with Wind Cave. And then the 5 on 5 water polo game, plus goalies of course, ended with a 3-0 victory by Voyagers. Those games were short — but we did it all. Free time for about 10-minutes while we picked up around the pool, did a bit more with the diving bricks and our last splashes — until Thursday night when we can do it again at Ammon Swim Pool.

SKWIM Ultimate game action:

Water polo game action:

 

Permission Slip and outdoor swimming at Citiparks’ pool

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Same permission-swim-and-polo in an document file if that is easier to print.


We’ve been to the Citiparks Sue Murray Swim Pool often in the past with various groups of Summer Dreamers. The pool has a slide too!

Passed out this paperwork today at Summer Dreamers at Camp King. Questions, feel free to call me, Coach Mark, 412-298-3432.

Photos from Sue Murray Pool from Coach Curtis

Toby’s photos

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