Steve was showing his inventions and helping coaches be better at our craft.
I’d love for you, your family and friends to consider a new set of swimming, play, fitness and community engagement events slated for August and detailed at a website I just launched.
We are holding drop-in practices for the next 2 weeks at Citiparks Ammon outdoor pool in Pittsburgh’s Hill District neighborhood from 3:30 to 5:30 pm on most days. This is a few blocks up from PPG Paints Arena where the Penguins play, central the to the city.
See the calendar and sign up there. Come on out and bring a team too.
Last night I had fun playing the water disk game, SKWIM, with a championship girls field hockey team and its coach. See my Facebook page. Rowers, hoopers, triathletes, and video-game players can give SKWIM a go.
Furthermore, we are gaining participation in club water polo efforts with the help of South Park Aquatics. Kids from the city, Mt. Lebo, South Park and Elizabeth Forward are all doing it now. More from Peters, Bethel and elsewhere are expected next week.
Lastly, on Saturday, September 1, 2018, NCAA Men’s Water Polo games are slated for Citiparks Highland Park Pool between Washington & Jefferson, Penn State, Gannon, Mercyhurst and our Pittsburgh Masters team, Renegades. See https://Renegades.4rs.org. Free admission. Save the date.
I’d be happy to coordinate to see you and your group at the pool this month. Call or email me for any additional insights.
(Please forward far and wide.)
Thanks in advance for reading and passing along these good news links — far and wide. Three different chapters of the same engagement story. Video highlights too.
Our Northside pool is still not open, sadly. Under construction still.
But we’ll be outdoors at 6 pm at Citiparks Ammon tonight, (and every Tuesday and Thursday), weather permitting. Plus, we go to another site to play SKWIM with 3 summer teams as well.
And around the world,
Wonderful that the team and coach are out and in the light of day, but please don’t say, again, that “it is the best possible outcome.” Part of the outcome was the death in service of a gentleman / diver, and that should not be discounted.
Tremendous efforts from a team of super talented individuals from around the world. The entire ordeal is so hard to fathom.
Time to celebrate — and mourn. May peace come to all who return home. May future explorers always posses the wisdom, courage and lessons learned from these past weeks.
Plans for summer are starting to hatch. Invites are for your consideration. Feel free to pass this along to others in your network as well.
School-age swimmers (and their guardians) throughout the region who are interested in playing organized, competitive water polo are being called to an organizational meeting from 7:30 to 8:30 pm on Thursday, May 31 at the swim pool lobby of Mt. Lebanon High School. The South Park Aquatic Club is going to expand and host the new water polo club and accept participants from any school. This is Pittsburgh’s COMBINED team for boys and girls in high school and middle school. More details then.
After the meeting on 5/31, join in for Underwater Hockey, 8:30 pm, most Thursdays at Mt. Lebo’s indoor HS pool.
On from 5 to 7 pm on June 1 and again on June 7, 2018, our fun aquatic team game, SKWIM, is going to be shared with the swimmers on the Greensburg Country Club team.
I’m willing and able to bring along equipment and go to your area swim pool or lake-front and meet with your team, campers or groups to conduct a clinic and organize some games. Call or email me to schedule a visit. Water safety, sportsmanship, teamwork, and fun are all guaranteed.
To experience SKWIM at our indoor city pool, adults and kids are welcome join us from 11:30 am to 1 pm on Saturday, June 2, 2018, at our final Saturday Swim School of the school year at the Northside’s Oliver High School. See https://Swim.CLOH.org/saturdays/
We need LIFEGUARDS everywhere, especially at The Pittsburgh Project. I might be able to help you get certified too. Anyone willing to get a summer job as a guard – email me. Apply by following links at http://pittsburghproject.org/
HOUSE Concert & Music with our guitar-playing, songwriting friend from Austin, Texas, Kyia Hartman, Thursday, June 12, 2018, at our home. Limited space, wonderful tunes and talent. Just $15 per to performer. So talented.
Outdoor water polo at Citiparks Ammon Rec Center pool in The Hill District happens from 6 to 7:45 pm every Tuesday and Thursday, weather permitting, starting June 19.
Save the date for our annual July 4th open house when sit around and hold a group reflection on the most fantastic and inspirational the June 12th house concert.
Techie types, save Saturday, September 22, 2018, for Pittsburgh’s WordCamp, a one-day community event about the open-source WordPress software.
Tomorrow wraps up the membership vote for President Elect of the American Academy of Audiology. I’ll be holding my breath — when playing Underwater Hockey, and that’s about it. =;-0
All this and more, such as Monday nights open water swim at the lake at Moraine State Park, are kept up to date the Google calendar at CLOH.org, https://cloh.org/wp/cloh-org-calendars
Be safe and mindful on this Memorial Day Weekend.
Mark Rauterkus Mark@Rauterkus.com Executive Director of SKWIM USA, a 501(c)(3) PPS Summer Dreamers' Swim & Water Polo Camp Executive Coach Middle School Swim Coach at The Ellis School Former Varsity Boys Swim Coach, Pittsburgh Obama Academy Recent Head Water Polo Coach, Carnegie Mellon University Women's Club Team Pittsburgh Combined Water Polo Team http://CLOH.org 412 298 3432 = cell
The month has been busy. Three updates below:
1. Catherine’s stories,
2. my new duties as executive director of a nonprofit, and
3. my presentation to California swim coaches.
#1) My wife’s fourth story was recently part of the national radio show,
Moth Radio Hour, and associated podcast. For a bit of humor, tune in. Tip:
the full recording of the show is worth the time as the second and third
stories are amazing too.
Just Catherine’s story: https://themoth.org/stories/shopping-in-china/
Link to all of Catherine’s online stories: https://themoth.org/storytellers/catherine-palmer
#2) I’ve got a new advocate role with a budding nonprofit to go along with
my local swim coaching with Pittsburgh Public Schools, the
Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation, The Pittsburgh Project and The Ellis
School. I’m now the executive director of SKWIM USA.
#3) My presentation with (slides, audio, and links to videos) to last
week’s Pacific Swim Coaches Clinic about game-play, water polo, SKWIM and
our approach in Pittsburgh, PA, USA, is now documented and shared at
Planning for summer is in full swing. If you think my efforts with
sportsmanship, teamwork, aquatic safety and aquatic fun can help you and
yours, email or come to the Saturday Swim School at Oliver High School on
the city’s Northside. We can visit there and better sustain these
wave-making activities. http://swim.cloh.org/saturdays/
As a swim coach, I endorse this message.
Swimmers jump in the pool and swim up-stream all the time. It isn’t easy. But, being a swimmer is a lifestyle, and it makes us stronger, wiser, tougher and better!
Three proposals went to answer the call from the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership’s BetaBurgh RFP.
One of the plans, called, Rauterkus.com, aims to begin the process of conducting a feasibility study in 2016 for the building of one or more floating swim pools on one or more barges. It might be possible to get the project to a crowd-source stage (i.e., Kickstarter or Indiegogo).
Two other plans are in the works too:
- Swim.CLOH.org is for open water swimming.
- 4RS.org is for building two in-river lagoons for holding water games, both SKWIM and Water Polo with floating goals and simple lane line dividers for the game areas.
All three will have the BGC (Bloomfield-Garfield.org) as the financial 501(c)(3) for the grant period.
Surf around this directory to see the text, budgets and art for the proposals: http://swim.cloh.org/betaburgh/
- Open water swimming, Swim.CLOH.org http://swim.cloh.org/betaburgh/Swim_CLOH_org_text.html
- River lagoons, 4RS.org http://swim.cloh.org/betaburgh/4RS_org_text.html
- Floating pools feasibility, Rauterkus.com http://swim.cloh.org/betaburgh/Rauterkus_com_text.html