As coaches, we all take a tremendous amount of pride in trying to prepare young men for life beyond football. For most, if not all, of us, the relationship that coaches have the opportunity to build with their players is the reason that we got into this profession.

So when Scott passed along this blog he came across, written by Aaron Conrad entitled “Rule From My Son,” I started to read it, and a smile began to creep across my face. Why? Because so much of it is relevant for coaches trying to teach players life lessons.

Before I point out a few of Conrad’s rules for his son that should speak to coaches (and fathers) reading this, head here to read Conrad’s entire blog post.

Back to that smile I got while reading the post. It started when I got to #5.

5. Act like you’ve been there before. Especially in the end zone.

…it continued when I got to #11….and went on from there.

11. When shaking hands, grip firmly and look him in the eye.

16. Be like a duck. Remain calm on the surface and paddle like crazy underneath.

This one goes for stuff on social media as well…

26. After writing an angry email, read it carefully. Then delete it.

In total, Conrad lists 30 rules. Head here to read them all.

You’ll be glad you did.

 

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Content manager - Doug took the reins in 2011 and the website has been better ever since. A former college player and small college coach, Doug now serves as the head coach at Ravenna HS (MI).