We play a lot of games. We listen and concentrate.
Here is a photo of a poster and part of the game we like to play with the kids.
Students and even coaches are encouraged to write within the Swim & Water Polo program. Open ended questions follow:
Was it good? — That’s sorta boring. Why was it decent, or amazing, or not. However today’s practice was for you, try to learn from it. What did you gain? Can you turn a bad practice-frown upside down? Can you capitalize on the momentum of a good workout?
What are some of the things you need to do to guarantee that you’ll have a great practice the next time you are at the pool — or even in the classroom?
What about sleep? Can you put yourself to bed early? Sleep is often the best supplement for your growth and improvement. If you are training hard, you need quality sleep too. Play hard and rest hard.
Do you have a favorite going to bed routine? A favorite pillow? Do you have a favorite blanket? How can you get two extra hours of sleep tonight? With good sleep, you recover more deeply and improve brain functions. You’ll be more focused and attentive in training and boost your immune system.
Do not drink the pool water, of course. But, drink from the fountain. Drink at meals. Drink from your own water bottle. Take care of it. Don’t play with it, but treat it as a valued asset to guard and consume. It’s hard to remember to drink an adequate amount of water over the course of the day. Being properly soaked with water, inside and out, makes for a great day.
Performance declines happen when you sweat and body weight drops. Cramps and headaches can be more frequent. And your rate of perceived effort goes up. That means you think your efforts are hard. Don’t make the hard workout feel harder than it has to feel. Hydrate!
Most campers walk into an activity and can only brace themselves for the challenges ahead. You can do more to prepare so you are ready to perform. Don’t just react to everything that comes you way. Be brave getting in. Decide that for yourself. Be attentive to the coaches and instructors and absorb every word they say. Start to listen to them even before they speak. Be ready to catch on what comes next.
Go to practice with a specific goal in mind. The goal doesn’t have to be crazy. Tell yourself to do extra dolphin kicks on push offs the wall. Setting yourself a little goal will give you a sense of ownership and pride in your swimming. Sit down with some paper or onto the web site or tablet and make a training journal note. Write what you are going to accomplish tomorrow.
As you communicate your ideas about the things in your life you are grateful for, you’ll find that you’re doing one of the best stress-busting techniques ever. Keep perspective. Be grateful.
Writing down a few things you are grateful helps us stay positive.
Becoming a mentally tougher is a challenge. Learning how to struggle without quitting. Press on when your heart and chest are telling you to take a break. Use visualization to help remind ourselves what we were saying to ourselves in these battles. What can we do for ourselves to be better for the next competition?
One thing you can do now and write about is to pick a piece of self-talk to use at practice tomorrow.
Controlling your self-talk is one of the biggest steps in developing a tougher, high-performance mindset.
What are some of the things you have said to yourself or others during tough practices in the pool? What negative things went through your mind? Write it out, and do some mental judo to give that negative self-talk a positive tone.
“I’m tired and I don’t feel like I can go faster…”
“I’m tired, but so is everyone else. Let’s give the next play an awesome effort and take things from there.”
Visualization and imagination are big concepts that can be used to improve yourself. Just “daydream” about your swimming. Then daydream about tomorrow’s time at the pool. Instead of goofy daydreaming, take control of it.
Spend a few minutes visualizing what you want your stroke to feel like in pool tomorrow. See in your mind’s eye, the top-of-the-water, clean, smooth energy with your arms and legs. Picture your body zooming along the surface.
The video above is only 21 seconds. It was from a game with many rookies. Use the comments area below to write what you see.
Test your knowledge, and the delivery of these questions and answers concerning aquatic’s safety and surf knowledge by taking these four multiple choice quizzes for a whirl. They are new and may need to be edited. Your suggestions and feedback is desired.
Every question has an opportunity to comment. You do need to register with a username and password. You need to take the tests in order.
The Montour Aqua Club shows its teamwork with a cheer on the pool deck with Coach Kathi. What does your team’s teamwork look like? Your photos and stories can be shared in the comments here.
Recreation is a place where we remake learning. Events happen in the month of May.2017 RLD Event Hosts Email 3.9.17
Pittsburgh, a sports town, needs to support its citizens, families and athletes in efficient, economical ways so programs and individuals thrive. Improving the city’s recreational landscape, especially for the often neglected sectors of the city, requires the building of the appropriate political will in these human endeavors. Furthermore, the building and changes must include a suite of collective beliefs in technical aspects.
All in all, the quagmire becomes a design problem with complicated, multi-dimensional aspects that spans age groups, abilities, interests, facilities, institutions, and budgets.
Pittsburgh’s sports overhaul is a wicked design challenge.
A report on design thinking deﬁnes wicked design challenges as a “class of social system problems which are ill-formulated, where the information is confusing, where there are many clients and decision makers with conﬂicting values, and where the ramiﬁcations in the whole system are thoroughly confusing” (Churchman, 1967 , p. 141).
One positive outcome is the building of a collective belief, especially among consequential stakeholders. Municipal government, county services, school districts, coaches, volunteers, college admissions ofﬁcers, employers, educators, families and learners are needed for engagement and eventual prosperity.
The challenge of building a collective belief is a far more complicated design challenge than making a new slogan with team t-shirts.
The courses, interactions, pathways, playlists and experiences at Play.CLOH.org offer visual designs with digital badges, yet the movement is surprisingly complex. Badge system design demands more effort than a series of web activities and services. As Play.CLOH.org efforts are designed to function across institutional and other types of boundaries, the meta mission with an entire open badge infrastructure makes the complexity of the struggle and its design task exponentially confusing.
Try it. Leave a message in the comments and let others know what you think.
The efforts within the course circle around hockey’s landscape. Even if hockey isn’t your go-to-game, all students, players, coaches and fans are going to learn and review plenty of math and science. This mini-course, Future Goals – Hockey Scholar, delivers excellent graphics and lessons for learning learning and reviewing academic skills in math and science. The course takes about three hours to complete.
Kids from across Pennsylvania are starting to use Future Goals – Hockey Scholar to boost Science and Math Pennsylvania standards using this digital environment. Each 20-minute lesson resembles a virtual lab where students build their vocabulary and background knowledge, test variables, and draw conclusions from data. The modules contain self-grading assessments and help provide the “why” behind science and math topics.
Registration ID: 36ce56eb
Tip: Copy the registration ID:
Create an EverFi account the first time by going to http://www.everfi.com/login and click Register. Then enter 36ce56eb and click Next.
If you already have an account at Everfi, login to the account and enter d79ea057 in the top right corner.
In order to support education and Pittsburgh Penguins, we are excited to partner with students and families in the community to take advantage of this virtual challenge and suite of classes concerning science, math within a hockey-centered setting.
Thanks to the NHL and the smart instructors and designers of Everfi. Links to insights from the publisher.
Story of a senior in a home who is still called to run, as made as a student project.
Congrats to our friends at TeamUnify.
Mr. Fristoe will continue to lead TeamUnify from their Bend, OR headquarters. TeamUnify will continue to develop and support their entire suite of products which actively service 4,000 swimming clubs and nearly 1,000,000 active members.
This is a temp page that is going to be updated later today to support a grant application for Swim, SKWIM and Water Polo.
These events are optional and extra and are NOT a part of the normal Pittsburgh Public Schools’ Summer Dreamers events. Families are invited to participate in the following community events on your own. No transportation is provided by PPS. Questions should be sent to Coach Mark Rauterkus, 412-298-3432, (cell) or Mark@Rauterkus.com.
Downtown Parade for Pittsburgh’s Bicentennial down Liberty Avenue, Saturday, July 9, 2016. Arrive after 10 am. Parade begins at 11 am. After the parade, play aquatic games at Northside, Citiparks’ Sue Murray Swim Pool, Cedar Avenue, across from the Giant Eagle / Sunoco gas station.
Tip: Our parade position and meet-up is going to be at Liberty Ave and 11th Street. We will meet behind a school bus that is to be decorated for PPS and the Pittsburgh Promise.
Tip 2: Park your car, if you drive, near CAPA or else on the Northside by the swim pool. then walk to Liberty Avenue and 11th, near the Strip District.
Swimmers from Summer Dreamers with Athletes United for Clean Air are going to march with Pittsburgh Public Schools and the Pittsburgh Promise to celebrate the city’s history.
Update: Due to parade protocol, the message for the parade is about Pittsburgh Public Schools and Summer Dreamers — and not about, “Go USA! Go Leah!”
Olympic schedule insights:
Cheer for Leah Smith and Katie Ledecki as they race together in Rio on:
More Swimming, Water Polo and SKWIM opportunities in Pittsburgh this summer:
* Additional events always published at the open google calendar at CLOH.org.
See the 47 exercises in the warm-up routine. This is the first post that blends the wiki and the blog. Photos and videos for all exercises are expected in the days and weeks to come.