Should coaches monitor players’ social media accounts?

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)– Some high school coaches have new advice to young athletes looking to play in college. 22News found out why that advice has nothing to do with their performance out on the field.

For many, updating your social media sites is just a normal part of the day. For others, the amount and kind of information people post to sites like Facebook and Twitter is just too much information

“Sometimes people will post things and you’ll be like, I don’t really care or I didn’t need to know that,” Juliette Zielinski, from Ludlow, told 22News.

A visitor to the area, Melanie Dockel, said, “Inappropriate pictures and some of the language, and drinking, and you know doing some illegal things that they shouldn’t be doing, and then you know that can be used against them later.”

Now some sports coaches are warning young athletes that what they put on social media could raise a red flag for college recruiters and could not only cost them a spot on the team but also a scholarship.

A high school football coach in Mobile, Alabama has assigned an assistant to monitor players’ twitter, Instagram, and Facebook posts with the argument that college recruiters now use those sites to get a better judgment of the athlete’s character.

Zielinski, a young social media user told 22News she fears what she puts out online could also affect things like getting a job after college. “Once you put it out there you can’t take it back, it’s like once you say something to someone you can’t retract that comment, once you see something it can’t be unseen,” Zielinski said.

Some athletic coaches argue scanning players’ social media sites is a method rising in popularity as stricter NCAA rules now limits contact between potential recruits and college football coaches.

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