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Triumph Time Try-Outs, a bonding experience in the swim pool with both adults and youngsters.

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Young people learn to walk, talk and hopefully read and pray at home with the help of their guardians, siblings, parents and other friends and family members. A similar progression with swimming can unfold when we teach kids swimming in a team setting.

Young kicker in pool with grandfather

Young swimmer from PPS Dillworth gets his head in the water with a kickboard with the support of some swim fins and his grandfather while at Saturday Swim School on the Northside.

Triumph Time Try Outs are opportunities to problem solve with both kids and adults.

Buddie swims refer to friendships and a relationship between two people who hold mutual affection for each other.

older plans, vintage 2002, still valid

Years ago, swimming activities featuring kids and adults were delivered to Pittsburgh Public Schools. Sadly, little happened.

Repeat approaches, by-and-large, put some aquatic programs into action. Sports dystopia dives into the struggle and negative views.


Parent Engagement Centers (PEC) were once a push with Pittsburgh Public Schools. They came and went. Footnote, a present-day City Council member, Theresa Kail Smith, was a PPS employee who ran the PEC on the west side of town at Langley.

More recently, Pittsburgh Public Schools launched the concept of “Community Schools.” The elected school board pushed for community schools and passed a pilot program enacted in Dr. Linda Lane’s final year as PPS Superintendent.

When Dr. Anthony Hamlet’s arrival as Pittsburgh Public Schools’ superintendent, five schools were designated and re-branded as “PPS Community Schools.” Three of the five schools have swimming pools: Westinghouse (great pool), Langley (small pool), Arsenal (small pool).

A new central office employee, LouAnn Ross, was hired to lead and manage the PPS Community Schools program. Upon her arrival, and then a year later, offers to construct new community schools swim programs were delivered to her, and even to a couple of the local school booster committees. Nothing was done. Then she departed.

A new search was conducted and a different PPS central-office employee has been hired. New hope comes with Monte Robinson, mrobinson2@. Meeting slated in January 2019.

In 2018, there was a swim team at Arsenal. At the start of 2019, the swim team at Arsenal died. Likewise, there used to be an elementary swim team at Langley, and it didn’t appear at the December 2018 PPS Championship meet. Westinghouse still offers only a middle school swim team and didn’t facilitate any after-school swimming nor diving in the fall of 2018 despite attempts to do so. Outcomes have slid from bad to worse in the recent years.

The hook

Everyone knows that student success hinges upon parent and guardian participation in the educational journey of the students. Success at school comes as parents, guardians, grand-parents and other significant adults are engaged with the kids. Mentoring is big. The annual PPS event, Take a Father to School Day, is a shinning star in these efforts.

Swim pools can provide a great place for kids and their guardians to work together — for everyone’s benefit. The public school facilities, including PPS swimming pools, are under utilized in the evenings, nights, weekends, holidays and summers.

Generally, school activities separate the kids from the parents.

Home-schooling is frowned upon by many of the public school system, including teachers.

Parent-teacher meetings and various open house activities happen, but with low-levels of support from the adults at home.

Men standing to watch a swim meet

Some dads take off from work to watch a 3 pm swim meet at a PPS swim pool.

New approach

Let’s get parents and guardians invites into the school facilities so that they can enjoy themselves, have fun and be a part of inspiring, socially-rich experiences with the kids. Adults and kids can share in programs together with repeating events so progress can occur and relationships forged. As trust ensues, the interactions can be elevated to other educational topics.

Let’s establish time for interactions for kids and adults to triumph together!


Triumph Try-Outs

Swim lessons engaging students with adults accompaniment,
Trimuph Try-Outs, are one-shot swim lessons where students and adults participate together. Kids can not sign-up without being matched with an adult. The activities presented are geared to student and adult couples.

These Try-Outs have little to do with the athletes impressing the coaches and program leaders. The coaches are not testing and evaluating the students. Rather, the real try-out is for the participants (the students, parents, mentors, citizens, taxpayers) to try-out an engagement at the swim pool with a learning setting.

Easily Understood

People understand “swim lessons.” Swim lessons have always been a valued summer-time activity. Learning to swim is fun as well as a skill that saves lives. Pittsburgh is a city of three rivers and lots of swimming pools. However, few of our kids are competent swimmers. A tremendous need exists in this program category.

Bonus in Flexibility

Triumph Try-Outs can be held at any time, morning, noon, night. Indoor pools that are out of the sun and without weather disruptions are ideal. Under utilized swim facilities can use the Try-Outs as an ice-breaker so as to migrate additional activities to these swim facilities in the seasons to come. Triumph Try-Outs present a capacity building opportunity for outreach.

One Shot, Easy Engagement

Triumph Try-Outs are one-shot events. Participants show up, do the activities, and then they are finished. There is no long-term commitment involved.

Subject and Object of the Try-Outs

In a traditional Try-Out setting, the coaches and program leaders put the want-a-be players on display in a competition. The players strive for a position in the draft or on the team. The Triumph Try-Outs reverse the roles and inject a new realm of priorities. The customer and buyers have roles that are flip-flopped.

The consumer, taxpayer, students get to Try-Out the coaches, activities, facilities, and to a large extent, the sincerity of the districts’ emphasis on “parental and community involvement.” The Triumph Try-Outs give a proving ground for the establishment of different priorities and can foster new relationship experimentation.

Parent involvement is a growing concern and focus for the overall health of the educational process. District wide elements for parent advisory actions are skeptical to the citizens. School board members are elected from fractions of the voters. Parents generally get concerned about the schools where their kids attend.

Transferable skills

A relationship priority is present as students and adults try-out one another. The bond between mentor and mentee can be challenged in different settings. Going to the pool can present a two-hour Outward-Bound-like gateway for the matched participants. The swimming is a escape and presents some bonding time. The foundation and the approach to the challenges can transcend beyond the swim pool setting.

Many different mentor programs exist in Pittsburgh. These Try-Outs can be an on-going way to get meaningful interactions among the volunteer mentors and the students.

Put swimming, teamwork and technology into the hearts of the participants.

The overall aquatics program at Pittsburgh Public Schools can evolve and be a source of great benefits to individuals and community if there is a sense of self-discovery, safe learning, supportive involvement. But finding a drop of political among decision makers has been an on-going challenge for decades.

Water and sports town

Various public institutions in southwestern Pennsylvania have swimming pools with available times. Some pools are in high schools. Other pools are in middle schools. Pools are at all the corners of the district including colleges, libraries and recreational sites. Getting two-hour blocks of time for the use of the pools is an easy task. However, getting citizens from one area to visit others facilities around town, or else even in their own neighborhood is a challenge. The swim pools and these Try-Outs can be good motivators to get the community engaged at different pools.

District schedules can be established for Triumph Try-Outs. If a family is busy on a Friday night when a Try-Out is slated for that student’s school, that couple could take in a session slated for Saturday at another school. The schools and pools can be open and friendly places for the citizens.

The success and long-term impact of PPS Community Schools hinges on the draw of the activities to the parents, guardians and citizens. And, a great way to get the participation is to offer a meaningful recreational activity with dynamic coaching leadership.

To accompany is to go or be together. Accompaniment is to perform together. Accompaniment occurs for a richer effect. The accompanist is the person who plays the accompaniment.


The accompaniment concept enriches the lesson plan with the Triumph Try-Outs. Our students and children need to understand and appreciate that they can set out on life with background helpers at home, accompaniment. It takes a village. Triumphs do not happen in isolation. Support networks need to be visited, tested, understood, and explored.

Adult accompaniment can be from a parent. But, any adult can come to these sessions. Grandparents, aunts and uncles, neighbors, big brothers, and mentors are welcomed. Perhaps the high school students and varsity athletes could accompany middle-school and elementary school students. We might have a list of adults who want to join and accompany. Some adults could manage two or three children so that each student has guidance and a potential partner.

Open-Ended Lessons

The Triumph Try-Outs offer participants repeat-worthy periods. Repeat attendance is welcomed as the lesson-plans flow from an open-ended structure. Each Try-Out lesson has different activities, new games, different skills.

Learning to swim and being fit is a lifelong endeavor.

A couple could sign-up and participate in ten Try-Outs in the course of the summer and have great experiences multiple times. Enjoy on-going results.


Detailed lesson plans are posted in advance of the sessions. Advanced understanding of the themes of the practice helps to prepare the students and attract more participation. For example, a class on flip-turns is going to be an attraction for some. People will go out of their way to attend a Try-Out if they have a peek at the agenda. Advance postings of lesson agendas insure participants that activities are not the same-old same old.

  • Class period length, 120-minutes.
  • Lifeguard needed.
  • Lifeguard staff is provided by the organizers.
  • Participants bring swim suits, swim goggles, beach towel and t-shirt.
  • On-line sign-ups are encouraged. RSVP as space is limited
  • On-line attendance is posted as some sessions may “fill.”
  • Class capacity depends, in part, upon facility. Various pools have various amounts of deck space, seating areas, water space.
  • Class capacity depends, in part, upon coaching staffing and administration elements.
  • Typical Try-Out registration limit is 30 student and adult couples.

Suite of activities serving aquatic, athletic and academic missions.

  • Engagement among the children and adults in meaningful lifelong learning within the PPS buildings.
  • Play matters.
  • Promote and pilot a new wave to learning and self-discovery.
The interplay among the various programs and the overall method matters

Efforts and structures are needed to migrate the participants to various levels at various ages  throughout this lifelong learning process.

The children within Pittsburgh can have a much richer experience with the activities with the creation of buddies that are nearby as well as buddies that are farther away. Our program in Pittsburgh can become a buddie with the programs around the region and nation.

A healthy and vibrant network of buddies should have nodes that are close and other notes that are remote. These concepts take a proactive stance on forming connections in our web of life and aquatics with friends at all levels.

  • Adult Accompaniment Swimming Lessons
  • One never step into the same river twice. The open-ended Try-Out agenda welcomes repeat participants.
  • Sign-up early and often.

Recreational Reading and SKWIM game play, two activities with two settings

Students spend time at the school, hopeful in a library near computers. Then the students walk to a local pool.

  • No buses needed.
  • Half-Days: 8:30 am to noon, Noon to 5 pm
  • Many locations exist
  • Registration required
  • Ages: 6 to 16
  • New USA Swimming Registration needed per swimmer. Flex membership costs $20 for annual fee.
  • Equipment: goggles, fins, disks, caps, headbands, swim suits, t-shirts, workbooks, goals, web assets. Most can be supplied by organizers.
Rec Reading & Olympicpedia
  • Reading of maps, email, web sites, charts, quiz taking, online courses and digital movies.
  • Writing of email, fitness journal, concept maps, Frequently Asked Questions and Answers.
  • Daily homework and thinking exercises.

Huddle time: 8:30 am
Early Lesson: 8:40 am
Walk, stretch, exercise: 9:15
Swim: 9:30
Walk: 11:30
Late Lesson: 11:40
lunch: 12:15
optional library time: after lunch

Concept Map showing the sweet spot destination

The entire community, kids and adults, can be included. Non swimmers take swim lessons but also wear life jackets and get into Canoe Water Polo. Kayak and paddle activities work with everyone. But the golden destination is inter-generational game play.

The entire community, kids and adults, can be included. Non swimmers take swim lessons but also wear life jackets and get into Canoe Water Polo. Kayak and paddle activities work with everyone. But the golden destination is inter-generational game play.

Entry into the Allegheny swim pool on the Northside by the Aviary

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Do not confuse PPS Allegheny Middle School with North Allegheny.

PPS Allegheny Middle School is located on the Northside, directly across the street from the National Aviary.

Address: 810 Arch St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212.

When school is not in session, enter the doors to the swim pool by climbing a couple of steps to enter the building and then once inside, go down two floors. The pool and pool locker-rooms is located below the gym. While school is in session, enter the school via the front doors and walk past the main floor office and down a long hallway to the back of the building and then go down, below the gym.

Enter the swim pool from the back, across from the Aviary.

Arrow points to the door to the swim pool on Arch Street

Back of PPS Middle School shows arrow to the swim pool door.

Pool at PPS Allegheny Middle School

Pool is 25-yards long and has five lines but only four starting blocks.


Front of PPS Allegheny Middle School. Don't use this side of the school to find the door for Saturday Swim School. Go around by the Aviary's side, in back, instead.

Front of PPS Allegheny Middle School. Also has a K-5 school too.

Opening letter to Summer Dreamers enrolled in Swim & Water Polo

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Dear Students, Guardians and Community:

This letter is long.

The information here is epic.

Reading this may save your life.

Some day in the future you’re going to come home from a day at the pool, or perhaps the lake, river, beach, boating trip or even vacation, and say to yourself, “I’m glad I had Swim & Water Polo with Coach Mark and learned how to be a strong swimmer. With my aquatics insight – I knew what was happening, and we all avoided a tragic disaster.

We have a serious approach. Swim & Water Polo is about life and death. Furthermore is is about empowerment, opportunities and playing well with others.

It is our best, more positive, hope that some day in the future you’ll return from a water polo tournament and say, “I had a great time. That was hard work and a total blast.” You’ll travel, make lots of new friends, be more successful in school as an athlete, get into a more competitive college program and succeed long-term in careers and challenges, in part, because as a youngster you applied yourself and mastered valuable skills and continued to learn all that you could.

Swim & Water Polo teaches physical skills, PLUS, teamwork, sportsmanship, technology and literacy. The digital learning and empowerment are part of a full-on commitment is coached with the youth of Pittsburgh.

Amp it up while at camp, and understand, that in six weeks when summer ends, we are not finished. More programs and events come in August, September, and October. Last winter, we swam at the Saturday Swim School. We’ll play varsity water polo and compete at state championships. Coach Mark wants to turn Summer Dreamers into Year-Round Achievers. Everyone should plan to attend post-camp game days, open-water swims and competitions around town.

Helpers are welcome. Serve as an assistant coach. To guide new staff members, deploy these simple scripts:

One word: Try.

Two words: Try again.

Three words: Close your lips.

Four words: Float like a boat.

Five words: Do what Coach just said.

Cheering, encouragement, praise and support is welcome at every turn. And, we do lots of 360s. Youngsters in Swim & Water Polo make improvements in lifetime skills – swimming, sports and fitness, of course. If you can’t swim today – we practice, learn and compete.

Everyone‘s best behaviors is expected. We listen, try and respect the water, equipment, and teammates. We demand safety, self-control and have always had great success and fun. There are methods to the madness in play here. Over the decades, coach’s leadership and approach has been applied in programs and teams with more than 10,000 youngsters – and it changes. We listen and the kids teach us too.

Get a swim suit. Hold onto it. You might want a second, back-up suit, especially if you come to school from different locations. Boys, try to get a suit that ties. Girls try to get a one-piece suit. Bring your swim suit every day. We try to swim every day including the first day and the last day.

Get swim goggles. Goggles are optional, but the underwater clarity and comfort helps. The PPS Promise Store often has goggles that can be earn through reward behaviors. Giant Eagle sells low cost swim goggles too. When playing water polo, it is often better to take off the goggles. Wear the goggles around your neck or put them with the lifeguard or coach. Remember where you put your goggles. Keep them safe. It is handy to have a back-up pair of goggles at home.

Tip: Put your swim gear in a specific spot at home so it can be easily located and packed for camp every day.

Be prepared for quick locker-room changes. Many kids and staff wear their swim suits to school, under the other clothing. When getting dressed in the morning put your swim suit on first and you’ll never forget or lose your suit. Plus, you’ll be able to skip changing rooms.

Use skin lotions at home. After swimming, some of the kids like to put on lotion. Save that for home.

Apply sun-screen spray and sun-block in the mornings at home. Let’s not get any sunburns. Be prepared. Remind the kids. Insist that your kid seek out sunscreen, even if a temporary inconvenience.

Students play outdoors often. Recess, nature walks and other activities can happen before our squads go to the outdoor pools. We expecting to swim outdoors some days. Most of the swimming is indoors, but one or two days a week, we expect to hike to area Citiparks pools for special practices and games.

Poor weather stops other sports, not us, generally. Rain is not a worry. We love getting wet. Baseball, golf, and tennis do not play in the rain or on wet ground. We are lucky to have indoor and outdoor pools, so rain might bring a wet walk, not run, to and from the pool. If it rains when we are at an outdoor pool, we continue swimming. Thunder and lightening at an outdoor pool is a show stopper.

Tip: Wear easy, comfortable sneakers. We hike to pools, on city sidewalks. From time to time, we play field games and run races.

Try to learn the names the others in our activity. We encourage everyone to say to others, “Hi, my name is ___. (I forgot.) What is your name?” We are together for many days. Learn everyone’s name including other students and teammates, lifeguards, junior coaches, key-guest competitors and adults.

Here are some of the names of some staff members among our various sites: Mark Rauterkus, Executive Head Coach, Toby Junker, Sylvester Hanner, Sam Cahill, Emma Cahill, Kate Sekinger, Gwenivere Winters, Rebekah Jade Ong, Julia Melnyk, Kyra Stief, Clifford Curtis, Tan Kocyildirim, Joie Marhefka, Damien Gabis, Andrew Klein, Mr. Singleton, Ms. Pegher, Miss. Brently, Ms. Tate, Ms. Collins. Some members of the staff have been involved with Swim & Water Polo for many years.

All the swimmers at Summer Dreamers 2017 are ROOKIES. Everyone is new. None were able to do Swim & Water Polo last year as in 2016 we were only placed at Camp Carmalt and had older students.

Tip: Use the hashtag, #SDA17, and wiki category SDA17 for Summer Dreamers Academy 2017. Also, #TPP17, for The Pittsburgh Project 2017. In the mornings, water polo happens at The Pittsburgh Project. In the afternoons it happens with Summer Dreamers.

Get good rest and extra sleep. Swimming is high energy. Camp, school and other activities can add to the drain. Our kids are growing. Welcome naps and long sleeps at home.

Sometimes kids sleep in school, and even at the pool. It has happened. While others say how disrespectful, but that may be where and when it is safe to sleep. We got to be present with our children. Our hope is to be mindful and sensitive to the subtle messages. If a kid takes a nap at the pool, now and then, let’s not be overly alarmed. We get to engage, participate and swimming should be a participation program, not spectator sport. Watching, sitting out and even low tides happen. Staff: No sleeping for sure. Staff does get plenty of day-to-day flexibility for travel, college visits, interviews and competitions.

Communicate health conditions. Every guardian needs to fill out this form.

See the first link on the menu on the site, We are LIFE GUARDS. Help us do our jobs.
Case in point: A bee sting for one student might be treated with a pat on the head and an ice cube. Meanwhile for another student a bee sting requires a 9-1-1 call and a trip to the hospital.

Student data from PPS is NOT SHARED with us. What was reported at to the camp or to the student’s home school might be common knowledge, but it is UNKNOWN to us at the swim pool and on field trips outside the school. Use the form to tell us what needs to be understood about your kid’s health.

Food allergy info is desired too. Let’s avoid problems. Please chime in about problem foods.

SMILE! We use photos, videos, artwork and communication tools to grow our individuals, squads and programs. At the end of the season, we will have a great slide show and share our images and stories with you, and the world. We stay positive and want your support with the photo / model release consent. Thanks for the trust and the opportunity to build our knowledge base and continue to motivate. This is a multimedia-rich, public, venture.

Whistle signals change behaviors. The players in water polo learn that the whistle is used often, it has meaning and consequences. Rookies need to hear the whistle, stop immediately, look for clues, and then act accordingly. Pools are noisy, hard-to-hear settings. Heads up and eyes on the coaches / adults provide dynamic interactions.

Transitions are important and need to be speedy. When it is time to exit the pool, get out! Never swim without permission nor without the lifeguard.

Every day is different at Swim & Water Polo. We change the rules. We adjust the exercises. We build upon the skills from yesterday. Missing practices hurts. We review, but the somersault feeds the streamline and then the flip turn for a three-day sequence. We have plenty to cover, all four strokes, game-play, diving, race strategies and so on. And, the stream comes at different times in different measures.

Guardians: Plan to see your kid swim. Better yet, swim with your kid outside of school. Work to make extra, optional times to be at the pools together this summer.

True story: One recent summer, a young Summer Dreamer (his photo is below) went to camp on the first day with his fearful parents. He was among the worst swimmers at the start. Every week, twice a week, this student and a parent went together to a Citipark pool for optional practices. Three weeks later he passed his deep test and by the last week, he was among the best swimmers of the 50+ in the camp. (He is one of the guys in this photo taken at the Sue Murray pool at one of our optional evening practices.)

Boys at poolside with water polo caps at Sue Murray.

Optional, evening water polo practice at Northside’s Sue Murray Swim Pool included a most improved Summer Dreamer.

Tuesday nights, weather permitting, students and families are invited to come out to swim and play games at 6 pm at Citiparks Ammon Rec Center Pool, corner of Bedford Ave and Memory Lane in Pittsburgh’s Hill District. Pool is about 6 blocks from the Penguins arena. Come there – every week if you can. Get a car-pool together. Friends welcome too.

On the final day of camp, from about 2 to 3:30 pm, Wednesday, August 2, come to our game day at the pool as part of Summer Dreamers. Come and be a fan. Cheer for the kids.

Other game-day opportunities are expected within camp and after camp ends. We hope to have a city-wide water polo festival with plenty of teams. Games with kids playing against their guardians are expected too in the evenings and weekend. Our SKWIM game is an excellent inter-generational activity and lots of fun, even for non-swimmers.

We’ve invested and obtained new swim fins. We use official SKWIM fins. Kids that grow up near the beach always swim with fins. You might want to buy a pair of fins for vacations and swimming elsewhere. They are available through a Florida outlet, Buy SKWIM disks at too.

The island SKWIM goals and lagoon boarder are new. but shared at different pools. It is okay to toss balls and disks, but not fins and other equipment. The equipment needs to be organized and put away after use.

Hydrate. Drink lots of water this summer. Make a point of it. Sugar drinks, not so much.

Some kids play other sports, such as baseball, softball and football. All other sports blend well with swimming. Swimming and water polo can help you be a better football player. Do both. Don’t ask to dial it back at the pool because of other sports activities.

Frustration and failure are part of the day-to-day challenges in serious sport settings. We work hard and push to do things that have not been done before. Don’t quit. Give your best effort. As you kick hard, it might feel like your legs are going to fall off, but they won’t. Keep plugging. No cheating. And when the official / referee makes a bad call, live with it. No complaining. More on to the next play. Play hard to the game or task is finished – then stop. Generate positive self-talk.

Swim & Water Polo is stresses sportsmanship and teamwork. Make new friends, travel to new pools, and play among other teams. The technology and literacy efforts in Swim & Water Polo is special too with website courses, digital badges, and interactive courses.

Every student gets a USER NAME and Password for the digital content at The opening password is SDA17. That can be changed by the user. Guardians are encouraged to help the students with the on-line materials. Do a quiz together. Explore on the same PC or screen. Friends and family who are interested in our digital courses and activities are able to get their own accounts. Just ask via email. Online lessons and quiz content continues to grow. We’ll publish a new book this fall.

Strong is gorgeous. Tip: Spending money on hair appointments, perms and getting fab nails this summer, while going into the pool makes no sense. We are going to get our hair wet. The finger and toe nails should be short so as to play without inflicting scratches.

More paperwork is pending. Permission slips and off-campus swimming are expected. Guardians, be on guard for some extra paperwork in the first week of camp with dates, times and locations for game play.

Northside students go off campus every day.

U-Prep students are expected to go off campus to swim and play games once a week.

The field trips and off campus swims sessions happen within normal times of Summer Dreamers. Everyone returns to the school and is able to board the buses home by 4 pm.

Extended day swim meets (field trips) are a possibility, as an OPTION. Any special event would come with plenty of advance notification and eligibility is limited to those with signed permission slips, good behavior, and pick-up for transport home. For now,we will delay the discussion and details for a later memo and just focus on the afternoon Swim & Water Polo within camp times.

SKWIM is an aquatic game played with a disk. In Pittsburgh, we’ve used SKWIM as an alternative and supplement to water polo for nearly ten years. We play both SKWIM and water polo. The two games have similarities and differences. Water polo is an Olympic sport and popular in many nations around the world. Water polo was the first team sport introduced in the modern Olympics. You can watch and learn lots about water polo for both men and women on YouTube.

SKWIM’s camp rules:

– Players can hold the disk for three seconds. Passes, shots or held disk beyond three seconds are a turn-over, and the other team gets the possession of the disk.

– The disk must touch the water before a pass to a teammate and before a shot on goal. No air-to-air passes.

– The disk must stay at or above the surface of the water. No sinking the disk.

– Defense can’t touch the person with the disk or steal it from the opponent’s hand. No physical contact.

– Rough play sends a player to the penalty box (much like hockey) for 20-seconds. Play nice or sit out.

Another important site at is the Google Calendar. You can subscribe to that and watch the events throughout the year.

Any questions: Feel free to call, email or visit on Tuesday nights at Ammon pool.

Thanks for your support and encouragement. Help Swim & Water Polo continue to as the most attended and highly desired activity in Pittsburgh Public Schools Summer Dreamers Academy.

Mark Rauterkus
Executive Head Coach
Swim & Water Polo
Head Varsity Coach at Pittsburgh Obama Academy
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Art All Night features our Swim & Water Polo original painting for sale: $350

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In the summer of 2016, as part of Swim & Water Polo Camp with Pittsburgh Public Schools’ Summer Dreamers at Camp Carmalt, a devoted and talented teacher, Sam Murrell, a long-time coach and artist on the BGC Staff, organized the painting of this mural / poster.

This painting is nearly 4-foot wide and 5-foot tall. It can be yours for a special price at Art All Night for only $350.

Purchase it now as the non-show price is $900.

A much larger mural was in Art All Night in 2016, but its price tag was more than $3,500. That mural did not sell, yet.

photo of head of Sam

Sam, staff member and artists with Swim & Water Polo.

Proceeds for the sale of this and last year’s piece of art would go to Swim & Water Polo equipment such as fins and goggles, for the kids in our camp.

Hope to see you tonight, at the one night show, at Art All Night. See The show is in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh on 36th Street, near the river. You can’t miss it. No charge for admission.