Here is an example of what we did at Ohio University back in the day.
They can’t drink the water in Flint, Michigan. Now they say the men can’t swim and dive into the water at Eastern. Crazy that the opportunities for the young men of today’s generation are evaporating before our eyes.
The EMU swimming and diving teams are number 1. I know. I coached for four years at Ohio University and EMU always kicked our tails and was tops in the Mid American Conference Championships. That team dominated back in my day and for decades. Many men have gone though the program and have turned into wonderful swim coaches, much like what used to happen at Slippery Rock in Pennsylvania.
Click the petition. Send a letter too. Show some outrage. But, don’t hold your breath. That won’t help anyone.
I posted on the Detroit Free Press: Why not cut back on the sport that causes brain injuries. Curbing the expensive hotel stays for the entire football team and staff on the nights before the HOME games would be enough money pay for the swim team’s budget.
Dan Medvid posted
Horrific. How much does swimming possibly cost when you already have a pool? And a world-class one like EMU has. Couple swim suits, a few scholarships and some travel. That’s all these schools have to fund. They spend more money on one second-string football player. And swimmers are often some of the best scholar-athletes at our universities. Shameful.
This was not the intention of Title IX.
If you want to try out the AutoCoach One, a device that does most, if not all, of the same things as the Phlex, let’s set up an appointment at the Saturday Swim School and get a demo.
At the first part of the meet, an invite letter was delivered to coaches and guardians.
Letter to call participants to the new All-City Aquatics All-Star Team
Coach Mark Rauterkus
Head Boys Varsity Coach at PPS Obama
Executive Director, SKWIM USA
108 South 12th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203-1226
412-298-3432 = cell
January 24, 2018
Delivery to participants and spectators at PPS Middle School Championships
Dear Swimmers, Guardians and Coaches:
Three cheers to you for completing the middle-school season and competing in today’s championships. Hopefully, you choose to continue swimming, as we’d love to see you at 11:30 am on Saturday at PPS Oliver High School on the Northside.
You are invited to sign-up for a brand-new,
All-City, Aquatics All-Star Team!
First meeting and swim clinic is this Saturday, January 27, 2018, from 11:30 to 1 pm on the Northside at PPS Oliver High School, 2323 Brighton Road, 15212.
Second meeting and clinic is next Saturday, February 3, 2018, from 11:30 to 1 pm at PPS Oliver.
If interested, call, text or email.
Or, sign-up in advance at Play.CLOH.org/rsvp.
We are seeking 25 or more middle-school athletes, boys and girls, of any swimming ability, for this low/no cost program. It is a labor of love from the coach(es). We hope to organize the swimmers, guardians and boosters for an All-Star experience with specialized practices, coaching, training, and lots of play and competitions. We’ll swim, exercise, use technology tools. We’ll also learn, practice and play water polo and SKWIM, a water-disk game. We stress sportsmanship, teamwork, and conditioning with help of digital badges. Playing well with others happens with in-house meets and game-days — if we get your support and your participation.
Expect more information at the first clinics. Other practice opportunities in other city neighborhoods are possible too. Call with questions. See Swim.CLOH.org.
Boost your fitness, swim knowledge, circle-of-friends, swim speed and aquatic game-play so that you can become a future lifeguard and a stronger varsity athlete, in any sport.
Thanks for the consideration.
Coach Mark Rauterkus
Back of letter
No Saturday Swim School.
This is your invite to shovel instead.
Brashear High School, 590 Crane Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15216
Pittsburgh Public Schools Sci-Tech is a city-wide magnet that serves grades 6 to 12 and is the former Frick Middle School.
The swim pool is 3-lanes wide and 25-yards long. It is located next to the gym on the bottom floor and below the cafeteria / auditorium.
Sci-Tech is in the heart of Oakland and Pitt right off of Fifth Avenue, the one-way, main street that heads to Downtown. It is across the street from Pitt’s three dorm towers, next to a church and close to where the former Childrens’ Hospital location.
The one-way driving trick: Both of the side streets on either side of Sci-Tech, Thackeray and N. Bouquet Streets, are ONE WAY in the same direction, going down the hill onto Fifth Ave. So, to drive into the parking lot, one must go around the block from above from O’Hara Street and then drive down to the school.
In the day, while the faculty is present, it is hard to find a spot in the parking lot. In the evenings, nights and weekends, there is plenty of free parking.
PAT (bus) Transit
For a swim practice in the evening, weekends and on holidays, do not use the front door. Enter the building from the door in the parking lot that is closer to the swim pool and to the right of the tall smoke-stack.
Inside and to the swim pool
Pool is 25-yards long and three lanes wide with deep end and starting blocks and shallow end too.
The pool is a nice venue for SKWIM games and practices. Coach Picciafoco is a retired physical education teacher and long-time coach at Frick and then at Obama. The teams back in the day had a dynasty of devoted swimmers, always winning the city league and often beating the combined score from all the other schools.
The students at Sci-Tech have their own swim team for the middle-school grades, 6, 7 and 8. When the Sci-Tech students are in the high school grades ( 9, 10, 11 and 12) they join with the athletes at Obama Academy. The Obama Varsity swim teams have students from Sci-Tech, U-Prep and Obama, as well as some home-school families if they reside in the U-Prep feeder pattern.
Dr. K has been the head coach of the Sci-Tech middle school swim teams since 2015.
See you here.