Study n Play USA: ‘College Ready 2016’ Key Lesson

Study n Play USA: ‘College Ready 2016’ Key Lesson

August 20, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


– Let’s get to what is actually happening. If you can’t read these,
I’ll read them out to you. I come across, almost daily, examples of particular college
sports where coaches can put something out publicly to say that, this player was on my recruiting list and I was kind of looking
at his social media. This player was talking
trash about an opposition, I’m cutting him because of social media. I’m going to read a few out,
these are going to be ones that they share publicly that I see. These are coaches in college
from different sports. So football, basketball,
baseball, and track and field. Over the next several pages. This one up here: the
material that you post is the only image we have of who you are. Treat social network pages
like a resume or an interview because we do. Right? They treat it like your resume. I wonder how many people
here would be happy to go, You know what? I don’t need to have
that phone call with you. Here’s the links to my social media, you can just figure it out. Would you be happy for
your social media pages to represent you? Because if you’re not, fantastic. We’re learning it now,
and we’re going to start shaping it and changing it. You’ve got the opportunity to start making it represent
you a bit better. If you have a social media nickname, or something on your Twitter
account that makes me sick, I’m not going to recruit you. I’ve turned down players based
on their Twitter handles, I’ve turned down players based
on their Twitter pictures. And that goes for all
your platforms, okay? So regardless of how good
you are on the court, all the different things
you’re ticking off, being turned down based
on the Twitter pictures. Dropped another prospect this morning due to his social media presence. Actually glad I got to see the real person before we offered him. As I said they take the way you
look online as the real you. Now I’m not sure how
many people here would be comfortable with their
social media platforms stepping in for them, but it’s happening. Particularly for us the
athletes, because the coaches are looking for North America or overseas or wherever it might be
that you’re playing next. But if they get a chance often
they come meet you in person and shake your hand and
see what you’re all about. They’re taking the first
thing that they can get to get a little bit of
information about you. They jump straight on
Google, straight on Facebook, straight on Instagram. That’s where they get
their first impression. And if they see a red flag, or a headache, they may have had a comparable kid before that hadn’t been respectful,
they’ll just move on. I’m telling you this now
because it’s happening, and it happens a lot. Not only will I stop following you, but we will stop
recruiting you, if you are tweeting or posting
comments that are bullying and intended to hurt someone. We’ll also without hesitation
move you down our list if you post, tweet, retweet,
all things marijuana. #easydecision #doesntgetit.
It’s a coach from TCU. It’s so obvious to them,
but for too many athletes it’s not obvious. They are a representation of the team, or they are hopefully
going to represent the team and the school, and the community. So you need to put in
that first impression, that first good foot,
the best foot forward.