Most coaches would agree that times have changed with the introduction of social media and apps into the sports world. Some coaches would argue that social media has become a hindrance, as it often distracts athletes from their goals. Often athletes are putting themselves into challenging situations by acting inappropriately on social media, therefore putting scholarships and team relations at risk. What can coaches do to protect their team, and how can coaches encourage their team to use social media as a positive tool that promotes motivation and team-building? We believe that for a coach to be successful, he/she must look for ways to help players grow and develop both on and off the court.
How to Build Team Unity Through a Team Blog or Website
Create a Team Blog or Website
How to Use Social Media to Promote Team-Building
Create a Facebook Group for your Team
Create an Instagram Hashtag (#) Shared Among Your Team
Create a Team Twitter Account
Use Pinterest to Collect Ideas
Not only is social media helpful with motivating athletes and building team unity, but it is also a great tool to assist with the mental aspect of the sport. Posting articles and videos about team leadership, mental adversity, and working hard are great ways to encourage your athletes to be successful. Coaching is a multi-faceted job with many responsibilities, but the most important part is having a positive effect on your athletes.
Internet Safety – To keep your team social media experience safe, positive and productive, please check with your institutions social media/internet safety policy to ensure compliance. For youth programs, we recommend developing a social media/internet safety policy. In addition, we recommend sharing your policy with your players parents and legal guardians, and obtaining their consent.