Nov 2, 2010
Social Media Not High On This Coach’s Priorities

FLINT, Michigan — Last season, one of Steve Schmidt’s players had to miss a practice due to illness.

Schmidt excused the player, but later administered a suspension.

Why?

The player’s supposed illness wasn’t an illness at all — how did Schmidt know that?

The player posted a status/photo on Facebook the night prior that suggested otherwise, and it was brought to Schmidt’s attention.

With the influx of players and coaches “Tweeting” and updating statuses, the use of social networking platforms can be more of a distraction than they’re worth, said Schmidt.

“I’m not a big fan of Facebook or Twitter, said the Bears coach. I think in most cases it’s a big waste of time. I’m not saying in all cases, but I’ve found for my student-athletes it’s a big waste of time. In the past, it has distracted or hurt some of my current players.”

Mott basketball doesn’t have an official policy banning the use of the social tools, but Schmidt did implement a new rule, which will likely turn into an official policy in the future.

Texting or use of phone-Internet during class or team functions is more than frowned upon, it’s strictly prohibited.

“That’s case for immediate suspension, said Schmidt. Any use of a cell phone is not allowed. It’s my rule, and we’re going to use that time to respect what the instructor is teaching. …I think the guys understand what my stance is on it.”

Coach Schmidt said he’s willing to adapt to technology — he’s not opposed to the constructive use of Facebook or Twitter if used in the correct setting.

“This only became prevalent in the last five years, he said. I’ve seen it change and affect my team. I’m not against it if it’s used in the proper context. I think it’s something every coach deals with, every instructor.”

While some coaches are active on Twitter and Facebook — Schmidt said the web sites aren’t for him. The Mott coach’s opinion is similar to another college basketball coach’s, Michigan State’s Tom Izzo.

“I’m behind the times a little bit, I’m not on Facebook, Schmidt said. I have no intentions on Tweeting. But 10 years ago, I didn’t think I would spend this much time on a cell phone. I conduct most of my business from it. I don’t even have a house phone anymore.”

The dangers of Facebook and Twitter are simple: Posts are permanent.

“My guys have to understand, it can be embarrassing, said Schmidt. Some of the stories I’ve heard, and the pictures that are posted, some guys aren’t very smart.

“It’s cost (my) players valuable practice time and games. I don’t think it’s a problem with my guys anymore because they know where I stand. You have to take it one step further; it’s a problem for bosses with their employees. People have to be more productive with their time.”

There were two Bears that had an affinity for Twitter, but it was short-lived.

Schmidt didn’t name the pair, but said “the two players that had been Twittering aren’t Twittering anymore.”
Social Media Not High On This Coach’s Priorities

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FLINT, Michigan — Last season, one of Steve Schmidt’s players had to miss a practice due to illness. Schmidt excused the player, but later administered a suspension. Why? The player’s supposed illness wasn’t an illness at all — how did Schmidt know that? The player posted a status/photo on Facebook the night prior that suggested otherwise, and it was brought to Schmidt’s attention. With the influx of players and coaches “Tweeting” and updating statuses, the use of social networking platforms can be more of a distraction than they’re worth, said Schmidt. “I’m not a big fan of Facebook or Twitter, said the Bears coach. I think in most cases it’s a big waste of time. I’m not saying in all cases, but I’ve found for my student-athletes it’s a big waste of time. In the past, it has distracted or hurt some of my current players.” Mott basketball doesn’t have an official policy banning the use of the social tools, but Schmidt did implement a new rule, which will likely turn into an official policy in the future. Texting or use of phone-Internet during class or team functions is more than frowned upon, it’s strictly prohibited. “That’s case for immediate suspension, said Schmidt. Any use of a cell phone is not allowed. It’s my rule, and we’re going to use that time to respect what the instructor is teaching. …I think the guys understand what my stance is on it.” Coach Schmidt said he’s willing to adapt to technology — he’s not opposed to the constructive use of Facebook or Twitter if used in the correct setting. “This only became prevalent in the last five years, he said. I’ve seen it change and affect my team. I’m not against it if it’s used in the proper context. I think it’s something every coach deals with, every instructor.” While some coaches are active on Twitter and Facebook — Schmidt said the web sites aren’t for him. The Mott coach’s opinion is similar to another college basketball coach’s, Michigan State’s Tom Izzo . “I’m behind the times a little bit, I’m not on Facebook, Schmidt said. I have no intentions on Tweeting. But 10 years ago, I didn’t think I would spend this much time on a cell phone. I conduct most of my business from it. I don’t even have a house phone anymore.” The dangers of Facebook and Twitter are simple: Posts are permanent. “My guys have to understand, it can be embarrassing, said Schmidt. Some of the stories I’ve heard, and the pictures that are posted, some guys aren’t very smart. “It’s cost (my) players valuable practice time and games. I don’t think it’s a problem with my guys anymore because they know where I stand. You have to take it one step further; it’s a problem for bosses with their employees. People have to be more productive with their time.” There were two Bears that had an affinity for Twitter, but it was short-lived. Schmidt didn’t name the pair, but said “the two players that had been Twittering aren’t Twittering anymore.”






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