Every so often I will see student-athletes either post inappropriate pictures/comments or create an inappropriate email address. To be honest, I cannot help but think to myself, “what are they thinking?” The recruiting process is one of the most important times of your life in terms of what your future will be. Posting inappropriate content can potentially jeopardize the opportunity to attend your dream school or any school for that matter.
Social media is one of the most powerful tools for communication. It is so widespread that posts can go from one end of the world to the other end in a matter of minutes. In fact, the fastest growing population in social media is 45-54 year olds. Guess who falls in that category? Coaches!
Coaches do not want to recruit disrespectful and problematic student-athletes. They want recruits who will positively impact their team and represent their university in the best way possible. With that said, here are 3 things to think twice about before posting on social media platforms.
Inappropriate comments on Facebook and Twitter. These two platforms are two household names. Facebook has over 1 billion members and Twitter has over 500 million members. It is very likely that college coaches are members of at least one of these two platforms and are checking their future recruits comments. Think twice about posting profanity and racist comments.
Inappropriate pictures on Facebook and Twitter. Again, coaches want to see what their recruits are like outside of competition. Think twice about uploading pictures of you making inappropriate gestures.
Inappropriate email addresses. Every so often I will come across an email address that is inappropriate with either profanity or a body part within the email address. If you are sending emails out to coaches or coaches are looking up your email address to contact you, they are probably going to take your name off of their list just by seeing your email address. It is best to create an email address that is simple and appropriate.
In today’s world of social media whatever you post will be exposed for the entire world to see. It is very difficult to delete material from the internet. I advise that you think twice about your postings as they can jeopardize your future.
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