Category Archives for Swimming

Go Krista!

Krista is a former swimmer I coached back in the day. She is a co-founder in a new business too, https://www.ourfuturelegacy.com.

Bio

Krista Hawkins earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development with academic honors followed by a Master’s Degree in Counseling Education from Illinois State University. She is a also a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition as a Holistic Health Coach.

Early in her career, Krista was a counselor for addiction and adoptions, helping others to create new beginnings. During the last 21 years, she has worked with business owners and their teams in the areas of training, development, sales coaching, and building effective systems. Today, Krista travels the United States as a Leadership and Sales Coach for business owners and their teams, helping others to maximize their potential and become their best self! Krista empowers others through her holistic health coaching practice and is a Qualified National Marketing Director with the Juice Plus Company, sharing the benefits of healthy living with others since 2011.

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

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

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.

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