This 37-page handbooks is something that all athletes, guardians, coaches and medical professionals need to be aware of in terms of the anti-doping efforts and clean sports. Worthy of a read and download.
This resource page is part of the ebook
Wonderful ebook for parents to help guard against bad behaviors that can occur among sports and community teams with some evil acts that are harmful to kids.
The link to the resources in a number of different formats.
Landing page for Rotary Club presentation(s)
Mark Rauterkus was an invited speaker to the Kittanning Rotary Club on February 28, 2018. These resources assist with interactions with members and other Rotary groups in the future.
Coach Mark Rauterkus joins us from Pittsburgh’s historic South Side. Mark has been a swim coach since 1976 when he started a swim team as a high-school-aged lifeguard.
He has coached nine (9) years at the college level. Mark has worked for more than 52 athletic directors and 34 principals. In his career, more than 10,000 kids have called him “Coach Mark.”
His swimmers have set state records in: Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois and Massachusetts.
Mark’s newest role: executive director of SKWIM USA, a nonprofit to grow the aquatic game of SKWIM.
Mark’s passion as an advocate in the city is expressed at C–L–O–H dot org. Creating Literate Olympians Here.
Resources and Easy Courses:
Feel free to team up with a youngster for meaningful online adventures.
- Bay Watch Brains, quiz for water safety
- Get Your Feet Wet, swimming introduction
- Hockey and Math, for hockey and Penguins fans
Advance insights with Coach Mark as your guest speaker
I’ll speak about my personal history as a coach in swimming and water polo in the city — and throughout my career. But, it isn’t much about me, however. The focus is on how we can leverage sports, fitness, wellness and efforts in our communities around the realm of playing well with others. Some of the basic understandings of the purpose and meaning of sports need to be put into better focus.
Sports are games of time, space and relationships. That’s from a book I helped publish years ago, Sport, Spirit & Soul.
With a philosophy and a few concept maps, we can make improvements and reform — as many elements in sports are in trouble and messed up.
So, I’ll talk quickly about some problems and how they can be fixed. And, how the wisdom of the group of those in attendance can make an impact with the community, teams, coaches, and participants — as well as with their own families — in terms of sports.
Likewise, I’ll leave with a few challenges and tools for others to do, online, for free, for fun, if interested. Q&A of course.
My message is a help us think again about sports and recreation from school age kids to seniors, spectators to league managers.
Projector if possible but not necessary
I love to present off of my iPad. Photos help to put more sizzle into the story. I have the various types of adapters, VGA, HDMI, and Apple’s Lightening.
As a way to be more interactive, especially among friends and with a smaller group, we can share our own remarks and move through the talk, guided by the questions on this quiz. Door prize expected for top answer giver, but I’m biased as to what answers I’m seeking. Most questions have no right or wrong answers, much like life.pop-quiz-for-Rotary-Club
- Authentic Pittsburgh: steel, incline, 3 rivers, sports, ethnic
- Favorite sports: soccer, hockey, football
- Other favorable sports: hockey, football, basketball, soccer, golf, boating
- Favorite team: Penguins (mid 2000s), Penguins, Steelers
- Game as youngster: soccer, hockey, basketball, softball
Save the date. Saturday evening. Our athletes are getting to take the field at 5:30 pm with the professional team, the Pittsburgh Thunderbirds. Show up after 5 pm and before 5:30 to visit with the coach and volunteers.
Handout to Campers:
Our swimmers, water polo players, SKWIM athletes, staff and lifeguards — plus family and friends — are invited to join together for a special event this Saturday evening, tomorrow, July 15, 2017, at South Side’s PPS Cupples Stadium for interactions on the field with Pittsburgh Thunderbirds, a city’s professional ULTIMATE team.
Arrive after 5 pm to check in with Coach Mark, and be ready to hit the field from 5:30 to 6 pm with the players. Then we’ll stay to watch and cheer for the team at its 7 pm game.
Meet up at the gates of the stadium AFTER 5pm and before 5:30 pm. Youngsters should be accompanied by an adult. This is an optional event. Everyone has to get there on their own.
Tickets (generally $10 each) to the game between the Pittsburgh Thunderbirds vs. Detroit have be obtained by Coach Mark for our group. Everyone who can attend the game needs to reserve their family’s tickets by doing ONE of the following:
- EMAIL Mark@Rauterkus.com with the names of the people who are attending.
- TEXT Coach Mark at (412) 298-3432 with the names of the people attending. OR,
- Go to the site, https://Play.CLOH.org/ (you are here) and do “web join” and then leave a comment with the names and number of tickets of those who are attending.
At the game, Coach Mark hopes to visit with guardians and players and share some other insights into additional activities to come in our normal sessions slated for this summer — plus some other optional activities too.
Thank you Pittsburgh Thunderbirds. The game of ULTIMATE is a disk-game much like our aquatic game of SKWIM. Seeing these players and their teamwork, passing, defense, hustle and sportsmanship can inspire our play and help us become better athletes.
In other news:
We’re going to be playing SKWIM and water polo from 6 to 7:45 pm every TUESDAY and THURSDAY evenings for the weeks to come at the outdoor Citiparks AMMON Swim Pool, Bedford Ave & Memory Lane, Hill District. — Weather permitting.
Mark Rauterkus Mark@Rauterkus.com PPS Summer Dreamers' Swim & Water Polo Camp Executive Coach Swimming Coach with The Pittsburgh Project Varsity Boys Swim Coach, Pittsburgh Obama Academy Pittsburgh Combined Water Polo Team http://CLOH.org (412) 298-3432 = cell
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.
Level 1 Quiz for SKWIM’s surf safety:
Level 2 Quiz for SKWIM’s surf safety:
Level 3 Quiz for SKWIM’s surf safety:
Level 4 Quiz for SKWIM’s surf safety:
Our event and visit to the historic, Citiparks’ Oliver Bath House on South Side was a big success.
Extended Game Video
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:
- Sunday, August 7th – women’s 400m freestyle prelims/final
- Wednesday, August 10th – women’s 800m freestyle relay prelims/final
- Thursday, August 11th – women’s 800m freestyle prelims
- Friday, August 12th – women’s 800m freestyle finals
- Prelims begin at 10 am EASTERN time while Semis & Finals begin at 7 pm EASTERN.
More Swimming, Water Polo and SKWIM opportunities in Pittsburgh this summer:
- Tuesdays, 6 to 7:30 pm, Citiparks Ammon Rec Pool, Bedford & Memory Lane, Hill District
- Wednesdays, 6 to 7:30 pm, Citiparks Ammon Rec Pool, Bedford & Memory Lane, Hill District
- Thursdays, 6 to 7:30 pm, Citiparks Sue Murray Pool, Cedar Ave. Northside
* Additional events always published at the open google calendar at CLOH.org.
We are seeking helpers and partners who have written tests, exams, quizzes and other clever-input, review, guessing-games that are freely able to be shared — especially in the subject area of sports, fitness, health, wellness, active-lifestyle and games. Youth technology and young career content welcomed too.
No promises, but we’d love to host your test or quiz on these pages and then share the process and results with you too.
Call Coach Mark Rauterkus, 412-298-3432.
Email is Mark -at- Bloomfield-Garfield dot org.
Tore Nilsen, a teacher in Norway, reported news of student performances in coding to the LiveCode.com list.
The results from national and local exams in the subject Information Technology in Norwegian Upper Secondary schools are now in. I am happy to say that my students scored well in their exams, with an average of 4.4 out of 6 for all students who had to either sit through the national written exam or the local oral/practical exam assessed by external teacher.
60% of the students scored 5 or better, which puts them at the top of the scale. Compared to last years national results, the overall average would put our school at a fine top 6 spot nationally. With a top 5 spot for the national written exam and a top 6 spot for the oral/practical exam.
These results are unprecedented at our school, and in my opinion, very much a result of our choice to use LiveCode as our programming environment. Due to the nature of LiveCode we have been able to focus on the principles behind good coding, and use both time and resources to become better at problem solving rather than to learn the intricacies of a specialised programming language. As far as I know, we are the only school in Norway to use LiveCode as the preferred tool in this subject.
On behalf of my students, I am very happy with the results, and I very much look forward to teach programming with LiveCode to yet another group of students next year.
Tore also posted, “Luckily we enjoy a fair degree of freedom, as long as we can reach the competence aims in the national curriculum.”
Meanwhile, Kevin Miller, CEO of LiveCode, posted from his iPhone, edited slightly:
This is great news Tore. We have seen similarly good results here in Scotland… LiveCode has become something of a standard in Scotland. It is in the main textbook and exams.