Athletes and Social Media

Athletes and Social Media

Athletes and social media can make for a very dangerous combination.

Not everything we think or feel should be broadcast to the world.

According to the Pew Research Center, 94% of teens are online daily.

Of that number, over 71% say they use multiple social media platforms.

These numbers will only increase as our technology advances.

When you are an athlete at the high school, collegiate or professional level, you are under more scrutiny than the average student.

Good or bad, it’s a something all athletes need to remember.

Administrators at every level are trying to be more proactive about athletes and social media use.

Many schools today offer courses or seminars for their athletes to learn how to handle social media.

Here are a few things to consider regarding athletes and social media.

3 Tips for Athletes and Social Media

1. Nothing is private.

Every single thing you post or tweet is public.

It doesn’t matter if you delete it.

Once it’s out there, there’s no getting it back.

Even if you think you are sending a private message you must consider it public.

For instance, let’s say you send a direct message to a friend ripping your high school football coach.

You and that friend have an argument.

The friend then gets upset and shares your direct message to his Twitter followers (including the coach).

If you type it, then you have to own it.

2. If you share it or retweet it, it’s yours.

What about other people’s content?athletes and social media twitter

If you share a disrespectful image or message from someone else, it will be viewed as if you created the image or made the statement yourself.

You own everything that is displayed on your social media accounts.

3. Every piece of content is a direct reflection of you.

Personal branding becomes a big deal for professional athletes.

However, high school and college athletes must be thinking about their personal brand as well.

Coaches everywhere are now monitoring social media.

Most programs have people that spend all their time monitoring and reviewing potential recruits’ social media accounts.

They are tired of social media getting athletes in trouble.

Recruiters will avoid players based on their social media.

Caoches from Penn State, Duke and SMU have actually tweeted about how they “dropped” recruits because of their social media presence.

What you do on social media speaks to your character and your judgement.

Don’t let social media keep you from being recruited. Be smart.

If you wouldn’t show your account to your parents or grandparents, what do you think coaches will think?

How To Post and Share Safely

1. Be positive.

If you are going to post something, keep it positive.

No one, especially a coach, wants a negagtive player on their team.

Your tone on social media will come across clearly.

Keep the negativity to yourself and post the positive.

2. Be supportive.

How can you help others?

Lift someone up. Make someone else’s day better.

Be there for your classmates, friends and teammates.

3. Share news around your sport, school or your teammates.

What’s happening in your sport?

What information can you share that others might find interesting?

People on social media want to be informed.

4. Engage with people you admire.

Today you can interact with nearly anyone through social media.

Who are the athletes and leaders that you look up to?

Follow them and get in on their discussions.

Just be respectuful and contribute to the discussion.

5. Stay out of arguments.

Whether or not they want it, athletes are public figures.

That also means they can be targets.

Athletes have fans but they often have just as many people who want to see them fail.

Don’t get caught up in the negative stuff.

It’s easy to get baited but you need to ignore the negativity.

Never engage in an argument on social media.

It’s always best to walk away.

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Coach Steve

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5 Time Management Tips for Student Athletes

5 Time Management Tips for Student Athletes

We can all use a few time management tips, right?

As a student athlete, time management can be very difficult.

Sports continue to become more and more demanding on your kids time.

It’s critical for your athlete to keep perspective on what’s important and not get burned out.

That is, however, easier said than done.

In today’s video I discuss 4 time management tips that can help your athlete perform better and stay on top of all their activities.

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5 Time Management Tips for Student Athletes

1. Use some form of calendar or organizer.Time Management Tips Google Calendar

If you right something down or place something in a calendar it makes it real.

There’s something about planning and scheduling events that puts a sense of urgency on those items.

Try scheduling your time in blocks every day.

Stick to that schedule and you’ll be amazed at how efficient you can become.

If you are looking for a digital tool, Google calendar is a great and it works on any smartphone or computer.

2. Eliminate distractions.

In today’s world we are bombarded with constant distractions.

Studies have shown that it takes, on average, 25 minutes to return to the original task after an interruption.

That means that just 2 distractions can cost you nearly an hour of lost time.

You have to turn off your phone when studying.time management tips distractions

This will maximize your study time and ensure your phone doesn’t cause you to lose time.

Social media is an absolute time killer.

Spend less time on social media by scheduling time for it.

Choose 3 or 4 times a day but limit yourself to 15 minutes for each block.

3. Spread out the work.

When you get to the middle school and high school level, most teachers will give you a schedule for assignments over the course of the semester.

If not for every assignment, certainly the bigger projects.

Take advantage of knowing these schedules.

Break the work into smaller blocks until it’s due.

How many times have you had a big assignment that you knew about for weeks but didn’t start until the week before.

Then it becomes a fire drill and you have to throw everything else aside while you finish it.

Schedule regular blocks of time to work on these projects so you don’t go nuts and lose tons of time before it’s due.

4. Learn to say no.

It’s Wednesday night and there’s great new movie in the theater.

Your best friend is asking you to go but you have time scheduled to work on a project due in 3 weeks.

This is a huge project and you have created regular blocks to work on it (Great job!)

You can probably miss this one time, right?time management tips no

Unfortunately, one time turns into two.

Two times turns into three.

And then you’ll just decide to do it all the week it’s due.

You have to learn to say no.

If you don’t say know to those types of things you are going to really struggle with your schedule.

It’s tough to say know but so many times it will make the difference between success and failure.

5. Use your weekend wisely.

The weekends can’t just be your time to unwind and sleep the day away.

Make your weekends count.

Now, I’m not saying you should relax on the weekends.

You should.

But make sure you schedule the time on your weekends too.

Don’t waste all of this time vegging out in front of the TV.

I hope you found value with these time management tips.

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Coach Steve

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