Social media has taken over our lives. Whether you’re a 12U player, a coach, or a parent, you probably find yourself on social media more than you’d care to admit. I am certainly guilty of it from time to time as well!
While social media can be an great tool for us to learn more about the game, it is rarely used that way…it has become a warped high school popularity contest, with everyone fighting to gather followers and “likes” like they’re both some type of currency.
I’m here to tell you to stop. If you’re hoping to play in college or play pro ball, the amount of followers or likes your videos get will not be something that college coaches or MLB scouts give a (drop any expletive you’d like in here) about. And at the end of the day, their options of you and your abilities matter significantly more than the 1,000 random strangers that favorite your most recent video.
So is social media all bad? Definitely not! In fact, it can be really, really cool and an extremely useful tool in our toolbox…if used properly!
Never before has it been easier to learn about the game. With a couple swipes of your thumb you can see what some of the best coaches and trainers in the country are doing to make their players better. Now how cool is that?
Do you know when college coaches and MLB scouts WILL be interested in your video? When you’re GOOD enough for them! And that’s really where your focus should lie…on being really, really good rather than being Instagram famous. Be obsessed.
Director of Baseball
Maplezone Sports Institute