Summer is not ending yet!

More Aquatic Fun for the Swimming Community

contact:, 412-298-3432 = cell
Organizer of the Saturday Swim School,

Spectators: Watch NCAA Men’s Water Polo games from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday, September 1, 2018 at Citiparks’ Highland Park Pool.

Sign up in advance for free clinic with college coaches and experts.

High School Boys & Girls: Sign up for scholastic water polo with Pittsburgh Combined. Students from any district can participate.

Practices from 7:30 to 9 am on Mondays and Wednesdays at the indoor swim pool at South Park High School. New players starting on Monday!

Swimmers in grades 6, 7 and 8 are fielding a Pittsburgh Combined Team for the Pennsylvania Middle School League with Sunday tournament games this fall.

Gather a squad of friends, kids and adults, to join a cooperative yet competitive water-safety events with SKWIM (2-team disk-game with fins) at Citiparks Ammon Pool.

Round robin play happens afternoons and evenings, August 6 to 16, 2018. Bring your squad for one session. RSVP now to claim available date.

Adults, join our Masters Water Polo Team, Pittsburgh Renegades, with practices at 6 to 7:45 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Dues just $5 per month.

Underwater Hockey Clinic, 6 pm on Friday, August 10, 2018 at Ammon Pool

Any swimmers age 12 and older can attend. Bring fins, mask, snorkel if you have them.


Get details by calling, texting or email with Coach Mark Rauterkus,


Dear Coaches and Summer Club Swim Team Leaders:

Please review this letter AFTER today’s meet when you have leisure time. Sorry for its length. Thanks in advance for the consideration.

This summer is not over yet!

Let’s forge a relationship by:

a) Introducing you and your team to an exciting new aquatic game, SKWIM.

b) Empowering you to incorporate these tools and game-play in your program in future seasons.

Just contact me by text, email or a phone call, and I’ll send you more detailed explanations. Then we can consider our options and customize a tailored approach to your liking. My cell: 412-298-3432.

Local swim programs have already enjoyed wonderful experiences in 2018. I want you and your athletes to become engaged too. We’ve been on-deck and had a great time (generally on multiple occasions) at the Greensburg Country Club, South Hills Country Club, Edgeworth Club in Sewickley, Montour Aqua Club, with a Y team, and throughout the city at various camps and public pools.

Nationally, I’ve been an invited speaker to podcasts and made trips to deliver presentations in Seattle to the Washington Parks & Rec Conference and to Napa, California, for the Pacific Swim Coaches Clinic.

Our fun approach to water safety with SKWIM is new, fun, authentic and purposeful. I hope to share these concepts and their digital badges with you soon so Pittsburgh can lead the nation in deploying these assets and realizing the benefits.


1. Let’s organize a no-cost clinic with your team at your pool this summer.

2. You (and your friends, lifeguards, board-members, guardians and swimmers) are invited to the city to participate in new, competitive, water safety events from August 6th to the 16th, as available openings remain.

3. New, scholastic water polo teams are forming now for both boys and girls, and both high school and middle school. Students from any school district can join Pittsburgh Combined Water Polo. Water polo happens in the fall sports season. As an expansion team and club sport, we’ll play a non-league schedule with practices and some games.

4. Pittsburgh’s adult / masters team, the Renegades, is accepting new (and old) water polo players. Monthly fees are $5.

5. Pittsburgh’s Underwater Hockey team is leading a drop-in clinic for anyone age 12 and older on Friday, August 10.

6. The Saturday Swim School can accommodate additional individuals and groups throughout the fall, winter and spring. Last year’s courses trained more than 100 new lifeguards.

7. On Saturday, September 1, 2018, Citiparks’ Highland Park Pool, is hosting NCAA Men’s Water Polo games (among W&J, PSU, Gannon, Mercyhurst). Spectators are invited and youngsters can sign-up for free clinic sessions with various college coaches and players.

Hopefully, you are interested and an email is sent soon.

Sincerely yours,

Mark Rauterkus

412-298-3432 = cell



Charles helping the swimmers on the Citiparks team at Ammon

Some clips from a summer team practice at Ammon. All in diving happens with deep water swimmers in deep water, of course.

Charles coaching how to do a better dive for the swimmers

Divers at Ammon, one at a time

Push off and swim a 50-yard free for endurance


The city swim meet is at Highland Park Pool on Saturday, August 4, 2018. Good luck to all.

Hopefully we’ll have a newsletter at the meet to invite everyone back to Highland Park Pool to watch the NCAA Men’s Water Polo games on Saturday, September 1, 2018.

Fan Appreciation Day — and Final Meet of the season

Here is an example of what we did at Ohio University back in the day.

Newspaper article
Article in The Post

Eastern Michigan University gotta keep its great swimming and diving programs

Direct link to the petition!

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.