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.

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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%.

Media mentions

Tip: Click on the links or images below to go to the various articles. Some news accounts include multiple photos and videos.

NCAA Mens’ Water Polo at Highland Park Pool: TinyURL.com/water-polo-trib

Great article.

Greg Kinzler, the student athlete, is a college senior in terms of academics, but it is just the second year on the team as he went to a different PSU Campus for the first two years of his engineering studies.

Renegades article

Water polo drawing interest in the region.

TinyURL.com/Almanac-renegades

Masters Player, formerly from Iona and Texas, our own J. Vincent

Jocelyn Vincent finds self in return to water polo. Holding ball high in one hand.

TinyURL.com/Almanac-mom

Pittsburgh Combined article, for High School and Middle School water polo

Achilles changing water polo landscape.

TinyURL.com/Almanac-water-polo

Water Safety Interview about SKWIM

New site SKWIM.usshares our water safety quiz efforts and teach the basics of the game.

Podcast about water polo and SKWIM

Logo of The Kels Group, working together to end drowning

TinyURL.com/SKWIM-warrior

Post-Gazette coverage of Swim & Water Polo Camp with Pittsburgh Public Schools Summer Dreamers and beyond

Coach Mark ensures swimming skills aren't just for dreamers.

TinyURL.com/swim-waterpolo

SKWIM in Peters Township at Valley Brook Country Club

SKWIM's in as new pool sport.

TinyURL.com/SKWIM-Almanac

Citiparks’ Ammon Head Lifeguard, Charles, talks about our summer water polo home in Pittsburgh’s Hill District neighborhood with NPR Radio’s WESA

Hill District Lifeguard Seeks to Close Gap Between Those Who Sink or Swim

https://TinyURL.com/ammon-WESA

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