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This week is the final week of summer practices, 6 pm to 7:45, at Citiparks Ammon on 2217 Bedford Ave., Pittsburgh’s Hill District. Hope to see you there Tuesday, Aug 14, and Thursday, Aug 16.
Next week, practice shifts to the Northside and Citiparks Sue Murray Swim Pool on Cedar Ave. The pool there is smaller, but we can still have some deep water to practice. Same dates and times. 6 pm to 7:45 pm on Tuesday, Aug 21 and Thursday, Aug 23.
The following week, when most kids have already started school, we’ll shift practices again, to Citiparks Highland Park Pool, the site of the Sept 1, 2018, game day with NCAA Teams. Highland Park Pool is behind the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium on Lake Road. Practices at Highland Park are still 6 to 7:45 pm on Tuesday, August 28 and Thursday, August 30.
The next six outdoor practices are all outdoors, so weather permitting, of course. The best opportunities for full pool scrimmages are this week, August 14 and 16.
Help is needed yanking goals and placing them at the various pools in the weeks to come. Those with bigger trucks and trailers, please ping Mark Rauterkus, 412-298-3432. That is generally a sticking point.

Kids: Pittsburgh Combined

water polo at South Park High School
South Park High School is where practices happen twice a week for school-age players.
The Pittsburgh Combined program is for scholastic water polo players from any school district in grades 12 to 6 — and it is being operated this season through the efforts of the South Park Aquatic Club and Coach Christian with the help of both Coach Mark Rauterkus and Joie Marhefka. We’ve been recruiting competitive swimmers, but have more slots on the team to fill. This week we practice on Monday, and Wednesday, August 13 and 15, 7:30 am to 10 am at indoors South Park High School pool. If you want to join us as we prepare that team for action this fall, we hope, then it is not too much of a pain to get your volunteer clearances and get signed up as an assistant coach.

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Labor Day Weekend, Saturday September 1, and Sunday, September 2, Renegades have games and the squad line-up of players is still INCOMPLETE. We are going to take 20 players, MAX, and then shut down the line-up. You must be a paid member to pay. And, there are going to be game fees too.
SIGN UP HERE at this page on Mark’s site. New Technology.
First game expected at NOON on Saturday, Sept 1, at Highland Park Pool, outdoors
Renegades include:
  1. 1. Ercan
Two games expected on Sunday, Sept 2, at W&J College, indoors, 60 S Lincoln St, Washington, PA 15301.
Renegades include:
  1. 1. Kiean Ashtari = goalie
  2. 2. Ercan

Long Term Plans: Water Polo Festival

The aim is to make Saturday, Sept 1, a WATER POLO FESTIVAL. This is the first time we’re able to play NCAA water polo games at an outdoor pool in a Citiparks facility. Many of the teams in the region want to attend, but this year we’ll only have W&J, PSU, Mercyhurst and Gannon. Perhaps we make next years a multi-day tournament and include more teams. Perhaps we run a camp for high school players the prior week and even include SKWIM in the shallow part of the pool.

PR help welcome

Help with the PR for the Sept 1 Game Day with NCAA Teams. We should use social media to spread the word of the games to various sites, groups and to our contacts. Anyone want to help with that? Email
On Monday, Coach Mark is going to a summer camp with 100 kids and inviting the youngsters and their families to attend as spectators.

Spectator RSVP for PR reasons on Facebook

Getting spectators to sign-up for the NCAA Water Polo Games at Highland Park Pool on the Facebook page happens at
If anyone wanted to pay a little bit of $ to boost that URL and promote the event, feel free to do so.

CLINIC leadership for the September 1 event.

We’d like to have EXPERTS lead on-going clinics for those interested in learning more about water polo while at the event on September 1. To sign up to lead part of the clinic, go to this page.
To sign-up to lead ONE or more of the 15-minute segments for the on-going clinic on Saturday, Sept 1 game day at Highland Park Pool, claim your spot and leave a little note on this page:

Poll: Would you attend Thursday night practices at Chartiers Valley H.S. Pool? Take this poll.
If we don’t get 10 or more people to sign up, then we know we should not rent the facilities. Got to figure out the demand. Other options are still in the works, but let’s test the waters with this time, dates and location and see what everyone things. Leave a comment on that page if you wish.

Thursday: Play polo and then socialize after

Blue vs White after a goal

First, we had another big practice with great weather and deep water at Citiparks Ammon outdoor pool.

water polo start of play
Notice the SKWIM lagoon boarder that splits the water polo course from the rest of the pool.
Attached to the PPG Paints Arena!
TGI Fridays table with people ready to eat and drink
Squad fixes its hunger and thirst with companionship among old and new friends.

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We are in a new month! Please pay dues if you are an active member (you come to practice or plan to play in tournaments): $5/month

Practice this week:

  • Tuesday, August 7: Ammon Pool from 6-7:45pm
  • Thursday, August 9: Ammon Pool from 6-7:45pm
  • **Team Social following practice- location will be announced as we approach the date**

We had quite a few Renegade sightings this past week (pics attached):

Claudia Smith in Denali National Park in Kantishna, Alaska

Michael Braun, Gregory Kinz, and Kinz at the Quarry Scramble

Adrienne Fyock and Wilbert Kragten at the North Park Triathlon.

Summary from the Quarry: 3 great games. Lost in sudden death to the same team that beat us by 4 in the previous game!

We are currently looking for a pool for the fall. If you have a connection or know of one that might be “centrally” located then please send me an email!

Chartiers Valley in Bridgeville has reached out looking to start a high school program at the school. Please email: if you or anyone you know of might be interested. Very exciting times!

Labor Day Tournament is approaching! We need to know if you plan on attending.

Labor Day NCAA Men’s Tournament (3 Renegades Games):

Each player will need to pay $20 for the tournament fee before Labor Day. Payment can be made to the paypal account above or brought to Mark Rauterkus at practice. There is a cap of 20 players for the Renegades and it will be a first come first serve basis so register early. (Schedule below) Questions:

Saturday September 1st at Highland Park Pool
10:00 AM Mercyhusrt vs W&J
11:00 AM Ganon vs PSB
12:00 PM Renegades (Pittsburgh Masters) vs PSB B
1:00 PM Mercyhurst vs PSB
2:00 PM Ganon vs W&J
3:00 PM W&J Alumni vs PSB B
Sunday September 2nd at W&J Pool
10:00 AM PSB vs W&J
11:20 AM W&J Alumni vs Renegades (Pittsburgh Masters)
12:40 PM PSB B vs W&J
2:00 PM PSB vs W&J Alumni + Renegades

Please always send updates, pictures, questions, and comments our way!


With so many new members i am going to LOOK INTO ordering more shirts as a few people have asked.  I cannot quote the exact price as these are now additions to an old order.

If i recall the short sleeve were $12 (S-XL, XXL was an additional fee)
long sleeve were $14/$15  (50/50 cotton)
I asked about black hoodies with the same logo and pricing would be anywhere from $25-$35 depending upon the number ordered.
If we want to order team suits we need a minimum of 6 from Kap7.
Please respond with what you would want to order if we did place one:  short sleeve shirt, long sleeve shirt, hoodie, suit (sizing can be found on kap7 for suits).
Any other suggestions of attire or gear then send my way and i can shop around for pricing.

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Regular Water Polo Practices continue on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
We’ve got four more water polo practices at Ammon outdoor pool, weather permitting.
Then Ammon pool closes and the city only keeps a few pools open due to lifeguards going back to college, and students to school. So we’ll go to Northside’s Sue Murray outdoor pool for one week, 2 practices.
Then leading up to our Labor Day Weekend games on September 1 and 2, we’ll shift practices to Highland Park Pool.
All of the practice schedule details and links to locations are in a Google calendar that is linked to off of Anyone can subscribe to the Google Calendar and then copy dates easily to your own personal calendar. Reminders and such are then to your own desire.
The Google calendar has all of the events Coach Mark organizes. So if you are not interested in Underwater Hockey, ignore it.
An Underwater Hockey clinic is slated for 6 pm to 7:45 on Friday, August 10, at Ammon.
The Thursday social is going to be at the TGI Fridays at PPG Arena. We had a request for a Downtown location. No events at PPG Arena, where the Penguins play, so the place will have plenty of nearby parking.
A total of 14 events are being hosted at Ammon pool in the next two weeks, with four of them being the Renegades water polo practices. From 3:30 to 5;30 on most week days a water safety and SKWIM clinic is being conducted. Details at a new site,
Sign up for the matches on September 1 and 2 with site.
Pittsburgh Combined Water Polo, the team for students in both high school and middle school from any school district (except NA, of course) is holding practices at South Park High School on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:30 to 9 AM until school starts then the practices shift to 7:30 to 9 PM. This new venture is looking for athletes. Do you know anyone? Pass the word. Coach Mark or Coach Christian can follow up. Kids from Pittsburgh, South Park, Mt. Lebo and Elizabeth Forward have been attending. More are expected from BP and Peters, at the least.
So far, Aquatic Game Play has happened with Coach Mark’s attendance this summer at:
  • Edgeworth Club in Sewickley,
  • South Hills Country Club,
  • Greensburg Country Club,
  • Citiparks Riverview,
  • Citiparks Ammon,
  • Windwood in Wexford,
  • and still to come at:
  • Green Tree,
  • Valley Brook,
  • Moraine State Park.
In the fall, we’ll resume the Saturday Swim School at Oliver High School on Brighton Road in the Northside. Another hope is to host practices on Thursday evenings at Pittsburgh Public Schools Perry High also on the Northside.
Think about PR for the Saturday, September 1 event at Highland Park Pool. We need a poster. Any artists? Would be good to hit coffer shops and try to get an audience for the gamest that day.
Think about leading part of a clinic for the fans and spectators, and perhaps youngsters, for the September 1 event at Highland Park Pool. Can you talk for 15 minutes and share some water polo insights as an expert? Going to ask the college coaches to do some of this, but we have experts with Renegades too. Sign up here.

Practices are booming in July

Come out to the swim pool for evening practices.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Water polo players standing for a photo after practice.
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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Water polo players standing for a photo after practice.
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Switching practice dates: Not on Thursday, July 26, but we can practice on Friday, July 27.

The Swim Carnival had hundreds of people flooding to the pool on Thursday and the pool closed at 6 pm. They had to clean up and recover.

In the future, we need to suggest that the carnival not happen on a day of water polo. Or else, we need to embed water polo into the carnival. Might be a great day for a demo game.

Your help and assistance with our squad and its community programs is warmly welcomed.

We have plenty to do. Here are a few ideas for volunteering:

Webmaster assistance. New player welcome agents. Sponsor relationships. Equipment caretaker. Social director. Tournament planners. Game-day stats keepers. College coach applicants. Scholastic coaching assistants. Lifeguards. Swim instructors for the youth programs. Moving helpers with trailers.

Info on this form gets passed to multiple volunteers helping with the program.

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