I’ve heard several athletes complain that their coaches will be monitoring their social media feeds during Fred Fest this weekend. The argument goes something like this:
“I’m not getting a scholarship to play sports here, so why should my coach be allowed to tell me what I can and can’t post on social media?” My response:
1) If I were a head coach at Fredonia I would absolutely be monitoring my team’s social media feeds this weekend. If something got posted that could be perceived as sexist, racist, or homophobic, my job is now in jeopardy. This already happened several times this year on other parts of campus.
2) Not only would I monitor my athletes’ social media feeds during Fred Frest, but all the time.
3) I would do it because it’s in the best interest of the athletes. When I was an assistant coach I would watch our head coach regularly text athletes, “Take that post down.” He was momentarily disliked, but he was also saving them from potential oblivion. Parents released a sigh of relief in the background.
4) Over time, a culture was created where everyone did the right thing on-line.
5) Hence, for that team, what gets posted to social media this weekend is much less of a concern.