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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%.

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

Literacy of Computer Programming Languages and LiveCode discussions

Alejandro Tejada posted in a public group

“Programming could be much much easier most of the time. This unnecessary difficulty wastes the effort of professional programmers, but worse, prevents many people from programming at all. The problem is a nasty hairball of culture and technology and money that is not easily untangled”

The problem with programming and how to fix it

Jonathan Edwards, the author of this article, remembers
HyperCard for “enabling millions of novices to build
simple applications.”

Richmond wrote:

Who said LiveCode lost sight of that? Oh, it was me.

Alejandro

Actually, I understand why RunRev (the former company name that publishes LiveCode) do not want to sell LiveCode as a HyperCard replacement.

LiveCode is multi-platform and this single fact set it apart from all previous x-talk languages.

In my humble opinion, the future of programming would be driven by artificial intelligence assistants and multiple ways of working and interfacing with the computer using voice, gaze interaction, gesture, motion, pointer, keyboard, etc…

Mark Waddingham of LiveCode posted

How are all these artifical intelligence assistants, and various drivers  needed for the various forms of input you suggest built?

I don’t think there are any magic beans around you can plant to have them appear.

PanPac Swim Meet broadcast schedule

Event runs from Thursday, August 9, 2018 to Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at the  Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center, Tokyo, Japan.

Dates and times, all for the Olympic Channel.

  • 8/9 2:00 am
  • 8/10 3:00 am
  • 8/11 3:00 am
  • 8/12 2:30 am
  • 8/13 3:00 am

One of Team USA Captains is Leah Smith, a swimmer from Pittsburgh by way of the JCC Sailfish, Oakland Catholic, UVA and now swimming as a professional and training in Tuscon, Arizona, when she isn’t at altitude.

Go Leah!

 

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

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