Football is fumbling in participation and scholarship opportunities

Interesting article from the P-G sports about area high school football.

http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/high-school-football/2018/10/18/Western-Pennsylvania-WPIAL-high-school-football-talent-decline-recruiting/stories/201810170104?fbclid=IwAR2jfLCAfA8WI714EZxHsPlipaKlNtiZCdGUshmde1cw4aE92a8uo3jXcFw

What do you think?

Would rather see a bunch of new water polo programs and players, both boys and girls, in Western PA high schools in the fall seasons to come. https://waterpolo.CLOH.org

First visit to Moon

Hit the pool from 2-4 pm on Sunday, October 21.

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No charge on the first day! 

All are invited for a quick swim lesson, game introduction and some informal fun at the pool playing SKWIM. Adults and kids of all ages and abilities. SKWIM's first Sunday practice visit at Moon HS pool is October 21, 2018, so all are going to be rookies. They even have fins at the pool that you can borrow. Just come with a can-do attitude and your swim suit and towel. 

Learn more about SKWIM, either before or after a practice, check out the lessons at https://SKWIM.us.

Spread some Sunday love and fitness at Moon High School pool this weekend.

Friday events at Mt. Lebanon swim pool for water polo and SKWIM with guardians

Lifeguards, triathletes, hockey players, basketball players and coaches as well as adults, parents, teachers, guardians and kids — of course — come to a fun water workout on Friday evenings when there isn’t a home football game at Mt. Lebanon’s indoor, new, high school swim pool from 7:30 to 9 pm. Show up at 7:15 if you can so we can transition into activities and have some time to chat before we begin.

More info at this page:

Crisis and the churn at the pool

Some people say that there is a crisis in youth sports participation. To be sure, the levels of this crisis — or not — depend upon many factors including location, coaching, other opportunities, support from the society and culture, school district and more.

Chart of national retention percentages by years for swimmers in USA Swimming programs.

Click image for larger view. Source: USA Swimming. Chart of national retention percentages by years for swimmers in USA Swimming programs.

Overall retention has stayed pretty constant around 70%. USA Swimming had its second best year ever in 2017 with 74.2%. Basically means that 7 out of 10 athletes stay with the sport from one year to the next.

The 12-Under retention levels within USA Swimming hovers around 60%. Again 6-out-of-10 12-Unders athletes stay with the sport. Colleagues in other sports say they’d love to have that retention rate for younger kids.

​And most of you already know that if a 13-Over-Swimmer is with your team, they are more than likely to stay with your team,  since the retention hovers around 90%.

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