A call participants when out on January 24, 2018, to form a new program, an All-City Aquatics All-Star Team. Letters were handed out at the 2018 city championships, and the overall reaction was luke warm. Some interest was sparked. More participation and more sales effort would be needed to make the program flourish.
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.
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.</p>
<p>Expect more information at the first clinics. Other practice opportunities in other city neighborhoods are possible too. Call with questions.
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
Middle school swimming happens in Pittsburgh Public School throughout the winter. Nearly all the other schools in the WPIAL conduct the middle school swimming in the fall or spring seasons, and not the winter.<img class="wp-image-1148 size-thumbnail" src="https://swim.cloh.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/PCA-from-upstairs-view-150x150.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="150" /> Photo from the pool balcony at PPS' PCA of middle school swimmers and coach.
Obama Academy, because it is a school with grades 6 to 12, has a crushing hardship for varsity swimming. Varsity swimmers do not get after-school practices because there are both middle-school PE classes as well as middle school swim practices. The varsity swimmers get in the pool at 6 am and have school dismissal at 2:50 pm and practice in the evenings from 5 to 7 pm.
To learn more, see https://Dystopia.4Rs.org.
Middle School students at Obama could have fall water polo, winter JV swimming, and spring Middle School swimming with WPIAL competition. A single head coach directing three or more assistant coaches could unify and coordinate the programs with far greater participation and ultimate success.
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