Q: What are some of the best times for a 7-year-old swimmer?

Answer from Coach Mark:

Goalie, counter attack, passing, shooting, defending, teamwork, quickness, scoring, improving, trying, exercising together, listening.

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Past Games

Spring Tournament, April 7 and 8, 2018, a huge success

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.

Schedule, as of 3/30/18:
Sat, Apr 7th
Time Dark Caps White Caps
1pm Tiger Renegades 1
2pm Salem W&J
3pm Pitt GW
4pm Renegades 2 Presidents (W&J Alum)
5pm Salem Renegades 1
6pm W&J Pitt
7pm GW Presidents (W&J Alum)
Sun, Apr 8th
Time Dark Caps White Caps
8am Tiger GW
9am Pitt Renegades 1
10am Salem Presidents (W&J Alum)
11am Tiger Renegades 2
12pm W&J GW
1pm Salem Pitt
2pm Renegades 2 Renegades 1
3pm

 

Please sign up to volunteer for the tournament, such as running the clock / scoreboard.  Follow the event details on Facebook.

Presentation to Pacific Swim Coaches

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.

Pittsburgh Masters Water Polo squad has been enjoying some great scrimmages with CMU’s men at CMU on Wednesday nights from 9 to 11 pm. This photo was from November 8, 2017.

Water Polo practices in fall 2017 switched to South Park High School

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.

Rookies welcome!

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.

group photo of water polo squad
Masters Water Polo shows up to play at South Park High School in September 2017.

Summer water polo — outdoors at Citiparks’ Ammon Pool in Pittsburgh’s Hill District was better than ever in 2017

Masters Water Polo players in the year of the eclipse as we gather around our goalie in a summer evening practice at Citiparks Ammon Outdoor Pool.
Pittsburgh’s Masters Water Polo practice included final springs from deep to shallow end, with a break to take this photo. Welcome to David D, PPS Sci-Tech senior. Players from Morgantown, Bellevue, Lawrenceville, Shadyside, Pitt, CMU, Plum and many places around town.
water polo teams playing in the swim pool at Ammon
Community water polo happens in the summer at the Citiparks outdoor pool at Ammon in Pittsburgh’s Hill District.

Water Polo in Pittsburgh spans many sites, ages and abilities

The BGC truck hauls water polo goals around town. Here it is in the Pittsburgh Hill District outside the Thelma Lovette YMCA.

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.

Pittsburgh Masters Water Polo

Mark and Mark at the pool at North Park. We’ll play against the college and high school squads, and realize that it great to have subs on our bench.

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.

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Pittsburgh Masters Water Polo squad in 2016 at the CMU water polo tournament.
water polo at Ammon
Summer water polo happens at Citiparks Ammon Swim Pool. Practices were held, weather permitting, at 6 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Pittsburgh Masters and CMU join together to play from 9 to 11 pm in spring 2017.
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Local Links

NA, also know as North Allegheny Senior High School

North Allegheny Senior High School, 10375 Perry Hwy, Wexford, PA 15090

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.

Competitive Swimming is in a crisis — reports Swimming World and Wayne Goldsmith

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.

First, read the article

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Click photo and go read the article by Wayne Goldsmith in Swimming World magazine.

Second, listen to our reply, as an audio recording

Kevin and Mark. Click image to listen to the mp3 audio file.

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.

Or click on the audio player control below to listen.

Third, express yourself and tell us what you think

Drop a comment in the box below and share your ideas.

  • Is there a crisis in competitive swimming?
  • Is there a crisis at your favorite aquatic facilities?
  • Do you want to learn more about SKWIM?
  • Can we help you put SKWIM to work in your settings?

Citiparks Ammon Swim Pool on Bedford Ave in the Hill District

Ammon pool Address

  • Corner of Bedford Ave and Memory Lane, 15219
  • 2217 Bedford Ave. Pittsburgh PA 15219
Outdoor swim pool photo
Ammon, an outdoor pool, is on the corner of Bedford Avenue and Memory Lane. It is a Citiparks facility.

 

swim pool with 2 goals in deep water.
Some years ago, at the urging of Coach Mark, the city purchased four floating, regulation water polo goals. Playing at Ammon provides a 25-yard course with all deep water.
corner of pool at ammon
Ammon pool has plenty of deck and water space. Adults and varsity athletes can play in the deep end while the middle pool can be used by kids for SKWIM.
6 pm to 7:45 on Tuesdays
Practices were once a week, but due to popular demand, in 2017, the water polo gatherings increased to both Tuesdays and Thursdays.
water polo players at Ammon
Charles, in the photo on the far right, has been the pool manager at Ammon.
group of water polo players
Rookies and experienced players are welcome to join in the water polo practices.
boys at side of pool in dive
Charles, Citiparks Head Lifeguard, teaches the dive into deep end at Ammon outdoor pool, giving us all something to follow and support.

PPS Middle School Championships

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

Mark@Rauterkus.com

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

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Swimming World article on Jay O’Neil coaching water polo at St. Francis talks of his roots

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.

On The Record with Jay O’Neil, St. Francis University Water Polo 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.

Click the image, a screenshot of the article, and go to the article at the Swimming World site.

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.