Sports is about competition, but with a new project from BGC seasonal employee, Mark Rauterkus, cooperation is the prime goal. Students from a number of different schools are being recruited to work together to form a new varsity water polo program at Obama Academy. The key to playing well with others rests with adults at the respective schools, the principals and athletic directors.
An email invitation to more than ten different schools was sent in June 2015, in hopes of forming a sports team coop, a PIAA sports term, that allows students from various schools to play under the same team banner in high school competitions. Coach Rauterkus and others at Pittsburgh’s Obama Academy are familiar with squads that include students from different schools. The school’s football team, called USO, has U-Prep, Sci-Tech and Obama. All the Obama varsity teams, such as swimming, basketball and volleyball, can include the students from U-Prep and Sci-Tech.
Coach Rauterkus is the boys varsity swim coach at Obama Academy. His team won a WPIAL section title, going undefeated in its first year in the WPIAL in 2013. Home-school and CAPA students are on the Obama swim team too.
“We’re pulling together an new program that forms a bigger pool of eligible athletes,” said Rauterkus. Catholic schools, (Central, Okland, Bishop Canevin, Seton LaSalle), private schools (Ellis, Winchester Thurston), charter schools (Urban Pathways, City High) and other smaller public schools (Westinghouse, Brentwood, Wilkinsburg) are invited and are considering the co-op.
“Playing well with others is a theme that resonates with me,” said Rauterkus. “The opportunities for the city kids are often much different than what are presented in suburban settings. “With water polo, we can grow the sport and create friendships and better understandings among different groups of people.”
Presently only North Allegheny and two other schools in Erie field boys water polo teams. Pittsburgh Combined, a team hosted by Pittsburgh’s Obama Academy, could be the fourth.
For the past six summers, water polo has been offered as an activity with Summer Dreamers Academy. In 2015, more than 150 students get to learn to swim and play water polo for 3-hours a day for 28 days. Staff from many of those schools help train the students as employees, including more than a dozen from the city’s Learn & Earn job program.
The open letter to school administrators says, in part: “In past years, we’ve had more informal participation and called the team, Pittsburgh Combined. This year, with your okay, we’d love to include students from your school in a more robust program with more jobs and tighter relationships among the educational institutions so that the city kids can compete.”
Water polo seems to be about both: competition and cooperation.
See the letter and more at the Pittsburgh Combined wiki page.
The first night of masters water polo happened in Pittsburgh at a new location, Citiparks Ream Swim Pool in Mt. Washington.
Drive up to Mt. Washington on McArdle Roadway and at the top of the hill, cross over Grandview Drive and continue straight. Just after the first light, on the way down the back side of Mt. Washington, you’ll see the Ream Rec Center. The swim pool is not visible from the road. On street parking.
See you Tuesdays, 6-7:30 pm.
Pay $5 at the door for adults, or get a yearly pass for all Citiparks pools for $30. Kids and veterans are less.
Citiparks is now offering FREE swimming in all City of Pittsburgh pools for resident children, fifteen years and younger. Parents need only to register their children at any of Citiparks’ 10 Recreation Centers across the city then bring their membership cards to the pool each day.
How do I prove I am a city resident?
Proof includes a driver’s license or state photo I.D., school I.D., utility bills, report cards, pay stubs, lease agreements or other official correspondence. Your city address must be on the identification to be valid.
How do I prove I receive welfare?
Bring a copy of your case printout. You can get this from your caseworker at the Department of Public Assistance. The printout must include a current date, your name, the name of everyone in the family you want to get tags for, and your address.
USING YOUR POOL TAG:
Your pool tag can be used at our indoor aquatic facility, the Oliver Bath House, or at any of our 18 outdoor facilities. The tag is good all summer long, and can be used at our indoor pool throughout the fall, winter and spring. The tag you purchased now expires June 1, 2016.
To avoid losing your tag, sew the tag on to your swimsuit. You may wear the tag attached to an ankle or wristband or looped onto your swimsuit’s shoulder strap or belt loop. For your own protection, never wear your tag on a neck chain or pinned to your suit. Wear your tag the entire time you are at the pool. It must be visible to the pool staff. Citiparks will not refund or replace lost or stolen tags, so it is safest to sew on your tag.
You must have a tag to enter any of our aquatic facilities, even if you are not swimming. The tag is your admission to the pool area. Your admission fee helps pay for the staffing and operation of the facility. Don’t forget, children under the age of 6 must be accompanied by an adult 16 years or older in the water.
Tags may be revoked for violations of pool rules.
The City of Pittsburgh offers a variety of aquatic programs for people of all ages. To find out what programs are available at your pool, contact the Head Lifeguard, look online at www.citiparks.net, or call the Aquatic Division Office at: 412-323-7928.
The City of Pittsburgh’s 18 outdoor aquatic facilities opened on Tuesday, June 9, 2015, at 1:00 PM. The outdoor swimming season ends on Labor Day, Monday, September 7, 2015. Citiparks pools will remain open through Labor Day as staffing levels permit.
Monday – Friday:
1:00 PM – 7:45 PM
Saturday, Sunday and Holidays:
1:00 PM – 5:45 PM
Purchase of tags:
Cash, Check or Money Order. Sorry. No Credit Card purchases.
You can purchase pool tags at the following locations:
June 9 – September 7:
At the following Aquatic Facilities:
Jack Stack Sheraden
Magee Sue Murray
McBride West Penn
Weekdays: 1:00 PM – 7:45 PM
Weekends and Holidays: 1:00 PM – 5:45 PM
Ammon – will not be selling pool tags but you can pay daily admission or purchase your tags at any of the above locations.
You can pay a daily admission fee at any of our locations. Prices are as follows:
$5.00 for Adults (16 & older)
$3.00 for Children (3 – 15)
Children under 3 are FREE
Daily fee Adults (16+) $5.00 & Adult Pass (city resident, 16+) $30.00
*For more information on Citiparks Aquatics visit www.Citiparks.net,
follow @Citiparks on Twitter or call 412-323-7928.
Family and Individual Pool Tag Application
*Kids Swim FREE with a Recreation Center Membership Pass!
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Your Citiparks Pool Tags May Be Used At All Citiparks Pools Including The Oliver Bath House During The Off Season. Citiparks pools will remain open through Labor Day as staffing levels permit. Pool tags may be revoked for violations of pool rules. THERE ARE NO REFUNDS. Replacements for lost or stolen tags must be purchased. Your tag must be visible at all times.
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Great water polo session again at the Thelma Lovette YMCA. Some of the kids are turning into regulars and are getting much better at ball control.
Water polo at the Thelma Lovette YMCA is going to continue throughout the summer on Friday nights. All are welcome to attend. Kids under 18 should come with an adult on the first night to be signed into the building. There is no charge for entry to the Y for our water polo program on Friday nights.
The Thelma Lovette Y is indoors. Games happen rain or shine.
That’s the good news.
The bad news is that Ammon Pool, an outdoor 50-meter pool just 5 blocks or so up from the Thelma Lovette YMCA, is going to be closed for the weeks to come. It might open in August. Hope so.
Hill District Pool Closed For Summer After New Filtration System Mistakenly Shipped To Middle East
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Kids in the city’s Hill District neighborhood will have to find another place to go swimming this summer.
Officials with the city announced Friday that Ammon Pool will likely not be open at all this season after a new water filtration system was mistaken shipped to the Middle East instead of Pittsburgh.
The new, custom-built water filtration system was going to replace the 80-year-old tanks that were removed from the pool earlier this spring.
The filtration system cleans the pool water continuously.
However, officials say when the new tanks were shipped last month, already after a lengthy delay, they were put on a container ship that went to the Middle East and is not due to return to the United States till late summer.
Construction is underway on new tanks, but the city says it’s unlikely that production, shipping and installation can occur before Aug. 1.
In the meantime, city officials are urging families to use any of the other four nearby pools – Bloomfield, Sue Murray in the North Side, Ormsby on the South Side and the West Penn pool in Polish Hill.
“The loss of Ammon pool for the 2015 Summer season is saddening, especially given the implementation of Citiparks’ new free swimming program for city kids,” said Department of Parks and Recreation Director Jim Griffin in a press release. “Despite the setback, Ammon will remain an important resource for Hill District residents with our summer camp, baseball academy and meals program Grub Up starting soon.”
City officials say there is still a “small chance” the tanks could be delivered in time for some swimming at the pool, but add that it’s unlikely.
For more information on the swimming pools in the city, visit the CitiParks website here.
Meanwhile, Allegheny County pools are set to open for the season on Saturday. Pools in Boyce Park, North Park, Settlers Cabin and South Park are open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The county Spray Parks in Deer Lakes and Round Hill also open Saturday. They will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Thanks for the above photo to Owen. He can get in the water next week we hope. Owen is a new staff member for Swim & Water Polo Camp as part of Summer Dreamers. Other staff members are strongly encouraged to come to the pool on Friday nights too.
These events for the community, and perhaps for guardians of students in Summer Dreamers’ Mindful Eating activity are hosted by Mindful Pittsburgh and conducted as City of Learning Digital Badge Training Sessions.
* Homewood Carnegie Library
7101 Hamilton Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15208
* From 1 to 3 pm on Saturday, June 13, 2015
* From 1 to 3 pm on Saturday, June 20, 2015
* From 10 am to noon on Saturday, June 27, 2015
* Squirrel Hill Branch of the Carnegie Library
**5801 Forbes Ave
** Pittsburgh, PA 15217
** (412) 422-9650
* From 1 to 2:30 on Sunday, June 21, 2015
* East Liberty Branch of the Carnegie Library
130 S. Whitfield St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
** (412) 363-8232
* From 10 to 11 am on July 18, 2015
What happens after Summer Dreamers ends?
It is great that the policies have changed in City Hall with Mayor Peduto so as to give all the kids in the city gratis pool tags so that they can go to the Citiparks swim pools this summer. Free swimming for those ages 15 and younger happens in 2015. The pools are about to open and the kids can benefit. Go to a Citiparks Recreation Center and sign up now. The pools open in mid June.
Labor Day is Monday, September 7, 2015. Most of the summer camp activities, including Summer Dreamers, ends at the end of July or in early August. The last day of PPS Summer Dreamers is Wednesday, August 5, 2015.
We should get everyone interested in a summer-ending experience an All-City Sports Camp this year. We can test the waters and gain some experiences so next year’s efforts can be at various sites and larger.
Join the fun and play water polo in the evenings. Rookies expected.
Sue Murray Swim Pool, Lower Northside, 6 to 7:30 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays. Begins on Monday, June 15.
Sadly, the start date for Ammon Swim Pool, Bedford Avenue and Memory Lane, Hill District, is pending. That pool is not going to open in time as they are putting in new filters and pumps. Later, we hope to be playing water polo there at 6 to 7:30 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Perhaps another site will be provided.