Hard Work even in the club season. Everyone will focus during their
high school season, never miss a practice, be on time, all the
little things maybe because their HS coach will babysit that but
when it comes to club people think 80% is OK and it is IF the
swimmer adjusts their goals to fit what they are doing. I will not
babysit, I except swimmers in my group to learn that life is about
choices and with your choices comes results. Swimming is a
tough sport when you get into High School performance is somewhat
related to attendance and effort. Talent is always the main part
but if you do not give 100% effort 100% of the time your results
We believe hard work is its own reward. We believe
that everyone benefits from hard work. It teaches all of us
that nothing is given to us, it has to be earned. It teaches us
that life is not fair as sometimes those who work the hardest are
not rewarded the most. But without hard work, there is a reduced
likelihood of reward. Hard work “feels good”.
It makes us feel valuable, capable, and self-sufficient. One
of the few things we can control in the world is the level of our
own effort. When we work harder than we thought was possible for
us, we open new doors of possibility in our lives.
We believe that children need to be TAUGHT to work hard. Role
modeling from parents, from coaches, and from teammates is the best
teacher. Young people learn when they say “I’m
tired” from sitting around all day in front of a computer,
that they have to learn that SPENDING ENERGY in hard work, BRINGS
MORE energy to your body and mind. Want to feel great? Get up and
work hard. Sitting around does, in fact, make you tired.
Children need to be taught that. It is counter-intuitive.
We believe that Resiliency is THE great trait to learn from
swimming. Everyone gets knocked down in life. The critical
thing is to learn to bounce back up immediately and re-double your
efforts. When I speak to parents, they always tell me that
they attained the position they have in life by overcoming all the
obstacles that fate placed in their way. Then, they often say
“I don’t want my kids to have to go through
This is lunacy! You don’t want your children to learn from
the same pieces in life that made you successful?
Children need hard challenges. They need to “fail” as
often as they succeed. They need to learn to quickly and
effectively bounce back up and get back to work. Parents
protecting their children in the extreme are called “Curling
Parents”. (Because they remove the obstacles from the path of
the child.) IT IS SO MUCH BETTER to prepare the child for the hard
path, than try to clear the hard path FOR the child. Each time you
do something for your child that they can do for themselves you
make your child WEAK. Show your confidence in them by
allowing THEM to overcome the obstacles. Resiliency.
It’s a Family Thing. Everyone in the family has a role
The child does the work, the learning, the physical effort. The
parents remind the child of their commitments made and of the life
skills that will make them a success in life and in swimming.
The Coach coaches. The friends support and cheer and
encourage. The parent takes care of the “get the child
there” logistics so critical to a child’s success and
consistency. Everyone has a role. Play YOUR role and
don’t interfere in other’s role.