Our mission is to inspire young athletes to grow, to live with passion, and to lead. Through discipline, effort, and positive attitude, our swimmers will gain the confidence to succeed in the pool and in life.
The Mocs coaching staff loves the sport of swimming. By delivering lessons enthusiastically and listening to and caring about every swimmer, Mocs coaches aim to lead by example and to instill a will to strive in their swimmers. This commitment by coaches is the catalyst for achieving the Mocs' mission.
The Mocs program is structured to encourage families to participate for the long term. Those that do will enjoy the reward of witnessing athletes develop over the course of their formative years. Above all else coaches are there to nurture that development through careful attention to progress and by providing appropriate challenges. Athletes can begin as young as age 6 and start out learning the basics of the competitive swim strokes. Over time they are introduced to greater and greater challenges as their minds and bodies develop, and many will eventually compete at a high level. Throughout this process athletes will acquire a healthy and active lifestyle, learn competition and sportsmanship, and assume increasing responsibility for their performance. Part of the Mocs' mission is to help children become young adults.
To Live with Passion
Nothing is more thrilling to a Moc than the sensation of their heart pounding a mile a minute and the ache in the lungs at the end of a race. A Moc loves the daily challenge of a good workout. Mocs feed off the camaraderie and compassion they feel from teammates. A Moc chooses to strive, conquers fear of failure, and endures the sting of defeat. Part of the Mocs' mission is to help young athletes embrace life by guiding them through the peaks and valleys they will traverse in this very difficult sport.
Success breeds confidence, and the Mocs' coaches expect all of their athletes to succeed. Failure breeds perseverance, and the Mocs coaches expect all of their athletes to fail as well. As athletes progress through the Mocs program, they will increasingly be asked to set goals and to assume responsibility for their training and preparedness to achieve those goals. Through this process athletes will learn about accountability and work ethic. Part of the Mocs' mission is to develop young adults whose experiences and traits acquired through competitive swimming have prepared them to be leaders in their personal lives and in the workplace.
The Mocs' coaches expect athletes to be disciplined in their conduct, their practice habits and their meet performance. Proper treatment of facilities, coaches, other staff, and teammates are required for swimmers who want to enjoy the privilege of participating in the Mocs program. Swimmers who come to practice regularly, listen, and execute will enjoy greater rewards in the form of recognition and improved performance. Part of being a Moc is being disciplined.
Swimming is a difficult sport. From the very start, young swimmers are asked to overcome their mind's natural resistance to putting their faces in the water and relearning how to breathe. Top athletes competing at a high level must test their physical limits in extremely challenging and sometimes monotonous training. Along the way to becoming a mature athlete, swimmers' resolve will be tested frequently in practices and competitions. Young Mocs will not be asked to perform tasks that coaches do not believe they can do, and experienced Mocs will not be expected to succeed all of the time. Mocs coaches know that swimming is hard, and the Mocs program is structured to let young athletes have fun; however, swimmers are always expected to try, and excellent effort will receive recognition. Part of being a Moc is trying hard.
Swimmers will inevitably fail, and they will inevitably be asked to do things that are difficult. Mocs' coaches intend to guide young athletes through failure and to teach perseverance, and they expect their athletes to embrace challenges. Play and camaraderie are emphasized in the Mocs program in part to cultivate the positive attitude that is expected to be present during difficult practice time as well as during play-centric activities. Swimmers with great attitude will receive recognition. Part of being a Moc is being positive.
Confidence to Succeed
Athletes who learn that their endeavors are worthwhile and who have gained self respect cease to be afraid of failure. The ultimate benefit of being a Moc is the confidence to succeed.