Monday, December 18, 2017

No practice policy at PPS throughout the holidays is a way to soil the slogan, EXPECT GREAT THINGS.

UPDATE: I got a call from the PPS COO and we were granted permission to practice on a couple / few days of the winter break. Permits were submitted.

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Hi Dr. Hamlet:

Coaches need to coach. Athletes need to practice.

It is CRAZY to not grant the varsity swim teams, and, for that matter the coaches and players for the varsity basketball teams and wrestlers, NO ACCESS to their high school facilities for the duration of the Christmas break.

Teams should be able to use the facilities in the schools on these dates:
Saturday Dec 23
Wednesday, Dec 27
Thursday, Dec 28
Friday, Dec 29
Saturday, Dec 30

The teams could hold practices within the window of time from 9 am to 2 pm on those days. 

No games. No outside teams, but we need practice times. 

We have had problems with this in past years. We have had been granted practice time last year. In other years, not so much. I've stood in the lobby of our school one year with 15 kids ready to go to practice on December 26 and been refused entry to the swim pool by the custodian because the principal did not sign off on the pool permit. 

This year they're not even allowing any permit to be written. 

Other school districts often hold three practices a day over the holidays. We get NONE. We want to compete. 


Mark Rauterkus
PPS Summer Dreamers' Swim & Water Polo Camp Executive Coach
Varsity Boys Swim Coach, Pittsburgh Obama Academy
Recent Head Water Polo Coach, Carnegie Mellon University Women's Club Team
Pittsburgh Combined Water Polo Team

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