By: Andy Partin
I surveyed over 20 college baseball coaches and 100% look at their recruit’s different social media and they also use those platforms to contact recruits through direct messaging.
So… If college coaches are looking through your social media you need to use these as tools to sell who you are as a person and who you are as a player.
Here are 5 tips for using your social media to brand yourself:
1) Make your accounts public – This way college coaches can view your profile especially on Instagram. Too many kids make their accounts private and the odds of a college coaching sending you a friend request if he hasn’t seen you yet are slim to none. Think about it – you aren’t posting video clips of you stinking it up, you are only posting videos of you making a great play, striking somebody out or smoking a ball. Use these platforms to show college coaches what you can do.
2) Keep it clean – I don’t know any coaches or scouts that prefer a kid who drinks, smokes or post derogatory pictures of others. And don’t repost, share of retweet stupid stuff (racial, political, sexual, etc). As much as you may not want to think about it, everything you do you are being evaluated to some degree. When you apply for a job I guarantee the first thing that employer is going to do is stalk your social media to see what kind of person you are. I’m not saying you need to be a choir boy but you are telling your personal story on social media whether you like it or not.
3) Lift others up – I don’t know about you but I want to be surrounded by people who lift others up not push them down. You can learn a lot about someone when others around them are doing well. Any organization wants to be around people who are going to make others around them better. I love to see players posting good things about other players.
4) Show appreciation – It’s great to see athletes showing appreciation to those that admire them or compliment them. Tell those folks thank you and let them know you appreciate them.
5) Ignore the trolls – The more successful you are the more critics you’ll have. It’s unfortunate but jealous, envious people will try to tear athletes down for being able to do things they can’t do because they didn’t work as hard as the successful athletes. You can ignore them or block them. Haters are looking for a response, don’t give it to them. The best way to show them is having success on and off the field.