Category Archives for Summer Dreamers

Swimmers in Pittsburgh: We’ve got some weekend fun on May 12, May 19 and June 2

SKWIM player at Brashear, SDA16

SKWIM disk toss from play in the pool.

The Saturday Swim School is a labor of love with Coach Mark Rauterkus and a crew of other volunteers. We’re looking for Scouts, summer-swimmers, future lifeguards, and former Summer Dreamers to come out and join us as well.

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11:30 am to 1 pm Oliver High School 2323 Brighton Road, Pgh 15212

11:30 am to 1 pm
Oliver High School
2323 Brighton Road, Pgh 15212

Team Meetings at Swim & Water Polo with SDA18 include CIRCLES

Coach Mark at team meeting at Camp Langley.

Expecting both team meetings and circle time in our Swim & Water Polo Camp in 2018. Ideas welcome.

With Summer Dreamers in 2018, #SDA18, our regular, daily, Swim & Water Polo Team Meeting is going to include some circle time. This new program wrinkle comes on the wake of a school district push to Restorative Justice.

Mindfulness history

A few years ago, a friend, Richard King, PhD, helped to launch and lead a practice with circles with the students in a program he championed, Mindful Gardening. He is not leading any SDA activities in 2018., sadly.

Wishing for sanity and dialog in recent seasons

In 2017 as well as in the early part of 2018, I would have welcomed the on going use of restorative practices within PPS programs. The kids were fine. I needed the circles among a few of the adults who were going in different directions.

Circles and community slide from PPS training.

 

This offers a dramatic mind shift for some at PPS. With us at the swim pool, not so much. Sure, it is a new wrinkle. New touchstones are going to be needed. But we have always had an approach that gives students a voice, some choices, and builds upon respect.

Ideas and tools to implement the new circle time at Swim & Water Polo are welcome. We hope to document the process and offer more examples.

Expect Great Things, the slogan of Dr. Anthony Hamlet, superintendent, Pittsburgh Public Schools

Hamlet at podium

Dr. Hamlet, superintendent of Pittsburgh Public Schools, opens the Maker Space at Obama Academy in December 2017. Dr. Hamlet has branded the expression, Expect Great Things, into the mission of the district since his arrival.

The psychology and deeper meaning of the new vision for Pittsburgh Public Schools has merit, if it is put into practice. The slogan is being put everywhere, such as on the web site, on stationary and on posters throughout the district. The slogan is getting plenty of practice, as it is repeated often. But is its message being implemented?

The motivational message makes sense. Furthermore, the actions need to speak volumes too. Words and deeds are both required.

Headline: Expectations leads to manifestation. 

You get what you expect. Your expectations are the source code of your creative possibilities.

We are all swimming in a soup of sensory inputs. So focus is needed. Easy to understand that the leaders of Pittsburgh Public Schools are confronted with a seemingly endless set of challenges. The leaders are putting out fires on multiple fronts any given week, day and hour. But, what are they really hoping to accomplish and what is expected?

What the leaders pay attention to is what they see and hear. Sadly, it seems to me, the leaders do not pay much attention to the support of those who are expecting greatness.

Understanding the power of expectations comes with both opportunity and warning.

My mission and what I’m looking for with PPS builds upon the concept of “summer dreamers” and goes to “year-round achievers.” I expect great things and have always lead the struggle to bring brushes of greatness to the students, through sports and swimming programs. Our holistic approach offers championship competitive swimming, but it goes to personal improvements and building upon our shared community capacity of playing well with others.

Part 2 goes to leadership.

Our swimmers are intellectual bloomers. We have the magic sauce for the self-fulfilling prophecy that has proven itself every year, to a certain extent, with most of our student-athletes on the varsity swimming team. 

Agents and management have to understand the power of expectation and also keep grounded in the real world. When we have coaches and principals with ordinary track records and below satisfaction results, be done and find others who want to reach and want to aspire to the performance high bar.

Message from Dr. Hamlet at the opening of the maker space at PPS Obama Academy in December 2017

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

 

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