Several times a year I’m still amazed at some of the things that college and high school athletes share on their social media accounts despite the troubles that others have experienced by posting without thinking.
Here are some guidelines that the University of Michigan give its student athletes to prevent potential problems.
While a couple of these guidelines are geared more to college athletes the majority of them apply to athletes of all ages.
Don’t accept friends or follow requests if you are not sure who they are coming from.
Don’t put anything on social media tat you would not want your family, your future employers, those reading the front page of the newspaper, or the whole world to see.
Don’t post offensive comments, personal attacks, or racial comments.
Don’t post when you’re emotional, like right after a game. You are most likely to say something you will regret later.
Don’t post anything about a recruit, even if it is someone you know, as this will result in an NCAA rules violation.
Don’t post or tweet anything during class.
Don’t publicize information about your team, the athletic department, or the university that is not considered public knowledge.
Every college coach I know can tell you about at least one player that they either refused to recruit or quit recruiting because of something they read on a social media account. Don’t add your own name to that list of players!