Head to Renegades.4rs.org.
For the first time in decades, the tournament was co-hosted by the Masters water polo team. And, the Pittsburgh masters fielded two squads, Renegades 1 and Renegades 2.
CMU was to host a water polo tournament, April 7 and 8, 2018. Instead, it is was jointly hosted at Chartiers Valley High School swim pool by Pittsburgh Masters (also known as Renegades) and Tiger Water Polo of North Allegheny. Well done everyone. Tiger had great help at the table with scoreboard operators and results. The on-deck officials were great. The teams came to play and they all got lots of action.
|Sat, Apr 7th|
|Time||Dark Caps||White Caps|
|4pm||Renegades 2||Presidents (W&J Alum)|
|7pm||GW||Presidents (W&J Alum)|
|Sun, Apr 8th|
|Time||Dark Caps||White Caps|
|10am||Salem||Presidents (W&J Alum)|
|2pm||Renegades 2||Renegades 1|
Please sign up to volunteer for the tournament, such as running the clock / scoreboard. Follow the event details on Facebook.
Coach Mark traveled to Napa, California, and gave a one-hour talk to swim coaches and the audio, slides and associated videos, are published. See Thinking again about aquatic game play.
Hometown hero holds the ball and gets the center position of the photo (see below) taken after at Tuesday evening practice at South Park High School. He is a lap swimmer at South Park on the other days, but stepped up and joined into the water polo practice and scrimmage on the first night. Also present in the photo is Christopher, the head coach of the South Park High School varsity and club swim teams. He is second from left in the photo. He had not played water polo with the Pittsburgh Masters and we were most happy to get the program off to a good start this fall.
Others at the practice include some players from CMU, new and veteran.
Missing from the photo, high school players. Where are the high school swimmers. Triathletes too! Get in some fun water time at this time of the year.
Practices are slated for Tuesday nights, 8 to 9:30 pm, at South Park High School pool. Just show up. Directions: 2005 Eagle Ridge dr, South Park PA, 15129. When you enter the high school campus, drive around the buildings to the back entrance (#17). The pool is along the first hallway on your left. Enter through the office to get to locker rooms.
Teams from the eastern states, Canada and Erie often come to play water polo in Pittsburgh.
Olympians and champions from Europe, Serbia and Team USA come to Pittsburgh for clinics.
Most of the die-hard water polo players on the Pittsburgh Masters Water Polo squad have played the sport in college and have continued, off and on, to play in the decades that follow. But, many have not. Some just came to the sport later in life as they look for a team sport that is physical, fun and easier on the body than the land sports.
Throughout the academic year, the Pittsburgh Masters are often invited to play practices and games with the men’s team at CMU. Playing once a week, often on Tuesday nights, 9 to 11 pm, has been the norm in recent years. But, check the calendar.
Pool is located near the gym on the south side of the school that is closest to the stadium and not near from the auditorium. Drive into the front entry, turn left, drive along the front of the school then park in the side lot. More parking by the tennis courts too. Entry to sports events at the side of the school is okay.
Must read! Must listen too. Check out a great article about competitive swimming from Australia’s Wayne Goldsmith, an author and coach. The commentary was published in Swimming World in March, 2018. Click the photo below to go to the article and then give a listen to the reply, an audio conversation from Mark and Kevin.
Listen to a discussion in a .mp3 file and podcast format that provides a reply. Mark Rauterkus of Pittsburgh and Kevin McCarthy of Washington talk about the one-size-fits-all solution and reasoning behind the crisis and how it can be fixed.
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At the first part of the meet, an invite letter was delivered to coaches and guardians.
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
Western Pennsylvania’s St. Francis University has a women’s water polo program entering its second season in 2018 and has hired Jay O’Neil as its new head coach.
Years ago, when Jay was a high school junior and senior at Plum High School, we started “community water polo” there, mixing water polo and swimming.
The article supports the concepts promoted in a presentation to the Pacific Swim Coaches about including more aquatic games into competitive swimming practices for the sake of long-term engagement of the kids.
Here is the invite to play in Ohio.
Tip: Click image for a link to the same page in a PDF file. Download it and feel free to forward to others interested in playing.