RECRUIT TIPS: Can college coaches follow my child on social media?

Q: My child is a soph + has a Facebook/Twitter account dedicated to their sport, can college coaches like/follow?

A: No. Coaches are not able to communicate with prospects until a certain date, each sport varies.

Social media rules are based on the dates that apply to ‘general correspondence,’ such as an email. When NCAA coaches are allowed to send ‘general correspondence,’ they are allowed to follow or friend a prospects’ social media account. After this date, they are also allowed to send private messages on Facebook or DMs on Twitter.

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Coaches are NOT allowed to publicly comment on a prospects page or like their pictures or statuses—at any time! They can’t @mention or @reply to prospects on Twitter.

Coaches can (and do!) monitor potential recruits pages to learn more about a players likes/dislikes, personality, to keep up with their visits to other schools/camps, etc. Many do use social media to get to know their prospects better!

Check for your sports rules concerning dates when coaches can send general correspondence: NCAA.

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