Rookie Me's Head of Leadership Development, Dan Condon, has listed his top 10 Off-field tips.
1. Public speaking:
Volunteering to speak in public, for example:
- In the school classroom.
- In front of the parents at football; or
- In front of your teammates.
2. Prioritise school work:
Make school a priority! AFL clubs will always contact your school, to see what sort of student you have been.
3. Help out at home:
Become a positive and helpful member of your own family. Simple things like keeping your room tidy – makes life easier for everyone in your home.
4. Community assistance:
Be aware of what you can do to assist in the community, do not ignore people in need. For example, if you come across an older person/or even a mother who is struggling with her kids. Offer to help. Don't stand back and watch people struggle – get in there and help!
5. Stay up to date on the RM system:
Look out for updates and homework from the coaches. A lot of the course content is supplied through the RM system.
6. Become a mentor:
Mentor a younger player at your club, by taking them under your wing. Support and encourage that younger player – and this will help instil confidence in a younger member of your club/community, which will help the whole team overall. Mentoring demonstrates strong leadership and responsibility for others.
7. Buddy system:
Contact your 'buddy' and offer advice and encouragement to them. They should be doing the same back to you!
8. Extra sessions:
RM 550. At least 2/3 times a week. We see a massive improvement in athletes who do the extra work and commit to the extra sessions.
9. Recovery & preparation:
Players who play well, are known to create a routine and follow it leading into a game. Recovery is key to getting the 'body' physically right, to endure the subsequent training sessions and the following week’s game.
If you are faced with an injury or are not selected for a team – don't let it beat you! Be determined to stay in the right mindset and fix the situation; by addressing it… so that you can stay focused on your goals and get to where you want to go!
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