When we were parents on the scholarship trail for our twin sons, we didn’t have the resources that are available today.

For instance, college websites weren’t as complete as they are now.  I don’t think Facebook existed.  We really had to dig.  We needed personal conversations with coaches and administrative staff to really get a picture of that school.  Today, you’ve got just about everything at your fingertips. Continue reading

A student-athlete’s digital footprint can have a crucial say if he or she is looking for an athletic scholarship.   If you’ve had a fight on the internet and it escalated into something bigger, there is a chance that you may have to wave your scholarship goodbye.  Facebook

Internet use, especially social media, can negatively impact your hopes of making it into a good school or college. Things that you have posted, or things posted about you, may be long forgotten by the people involved, but their online shelf life is quite long.  Should recruiters or people with power to hire, find such things online, you are bound to enter their bad books.

BaseballMost students are unaware that athletic programs offered by some colleges require their students to friend, or add to their circles, members of the staff or the college coaches, on social networking sites. It is one of their requirements for students who wish to represent the college at any sport.  Not only are students expected to maintain an active life on Facebook, but social media such as Twitter, Instagram, and others are also factors in receiving athletic scholarships.  New recruits are viewed under the microscope, and any bad information found by recruiters against you can effectively crash your hopes of making it into your preferred college.

Why do colleges check students’ social media accounts?  Colleges are always concerned about the students they choose.  Scholarship basketball-girlsstudent-athletes are expected to maintain a high level of discipline in all aspects of life.  When they offer you a scholarship, it is the equivalent of investing in you.  They can easily offer the same scholarship to someone else.  If you are ahead of the rest, they want to ensure that you will be an asset to them, and not a social liability.  They also want to make sure that you are worth the scholarship, and that you will not be subject to illegal or wrongful behavior.

Your past posts on Facebook or Twitter may not be the best definition of your personality, but recruiters will judge you for your actions.  The frequency at which you use social media will also be considered by recruiters as they want to see how much time you spend networking.  This gives them a brief idea as to whether you are also working hard on your academics and training, or if you are just an online buff.  When using social networking sites, make sure you think twice before posting anything. Harmless as it might seem, it has the potential to disrupt your future.

Did you know that college coaches may be able to view your Facebook posts and Twitter tweets?  That’s how they can get information on you as a person, beyond what you show them as an athlete.

Kind of scary, isn’t it?  Your social media activity can make or break your chances to get an athletic scholarship. 

That’s why we’re dedicating an entire Recruiting Summit to talk with an expert in “social media and recruiting,” Sam Carnahan, founder of the acclaimed
Varsity Monitor.

You don’t have to travel to attend this live Recruiting Summit.  Attend by phone.   As always, our recruiting summit is FREE.  Simply dial in and join us for the discussion of this critical topic.  Sam has saved many athletes’ scholarships, teaching them how to protect their reputation.

Here’s how to attend this one-hour Summit by phone:

Thursday, April 25
8 pm Eastern/ 7 pm Central/ 6 pm Mountain/ 5 pm Pacific

Dial in number: (605) 475-4700
Pin #: 450246#

This Summit is limited to the first 100 people, but it is filling up fast. 

If you have not submitted your RSVP, I encourage you to do it now.  Simply email us at support@recruit-me.com.   We will need to close registration at 100 people.

I recommend you print this blog post as a reminder, or enter the information into your phone calendar.