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8 Lessons About Raising Kids From Derek Jeter’s Dad

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Derek Jeter’s final game was weeks ago now, but like many others, I found myself in awe of the phenomenon that is The Captain.

I wasn’t only in awe of his ability on the diamond. Sure, he was an incredible, incredible ball player. With record breaking at-bats, consecutive starts, playoff berths, and World Series Championships, the guy could compete.

I think I’d find myself with the majority of sports fans, however, when I say that throughout Jeter’s last season, the way his character and integrity continually overshadowed everything else he will be remembered for, was really what stuck with me the most about his career.

As a dad, I immediately wanted to know more not necessarily about Jeter, but about how he was raised. As it turns out, I didn’t have to look much further than the majority of in-depth interviews and articles concerning Jeter.  He whole-heartedly attributes everything having to do with his success and demeanor to his parents.

Since his days in grade school, Jeter’s father, Sanderson, required him to sign a contract at the beginning of the school year where he had to promise to fulfill a certain number of things in order to continue playing extra-curricular sports. In fact, upon his retirement, Jeter made this the premise of the debut book for his new publishing company.

Sanderson Jeter also had eight basic principles that I found especially profound. For parents everywhere wanting to raise a son, daughter, or student-athlete that’s Jeter-esque – not for their ability, but for the way they are as a person, check out Sanderson’s Top 8 below:

  1.  Never let anyone outwork you.
  2. Inspire your followers by doing what you want done.
  3. Don’t project on kids, but push them when it’s time.
  4. Be tough, but fair.
  5. Agreements are better than rules.
  6. Explain your leadership values.
  7. Err on the side of optimism.
  8. Constantly express appreciation.

He got it right – and I applaud both of Jeter’s parents for giving all of us the gift of a stand-up, stand-out man in Derek Jeter.


Contributor Chris Krause is the founder and CEO of NCSA Athletic Recruiting.

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Laura Chmiel

Laura Chmiel is a marketing coordinator and a lead writer for NCSA Athletic Recruiting. As someone with a passion for athletics and education, she graduated from Indiana university with a B.S. in Elementary Education. After school, she gained first-hand experience helping student-athletes and their families get to college.