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Social Media

If a team has terrible or no Social Media account, does that make the kids less desirable by next level coaches? Seems all the talk about teams/kids stems from Social Media usage. Even teams that are not that good but have a strong presence on Twitter, Instagram seem to get their kids names out there more than others.."Team XYZ loss a tough one today but player A and Player B both with strong games" Have to keep up with the times guys.

Re: Social Media

Of course it doesn't hurt but it's hardly a requirement.

Everyone wants to overcomplicate this. At the higher levels, every coach, GM and Scout is on the constant lookout for players, everywhere they go. Here's what you have to do to get your kid a look.

1. Have him work hard to develop, in season and out, at the level he's at right now. If his good doesn't get better he isn't going to move to that next level.

2. Have him play for the best possible coach on the best possible team in the best possible league that he can still get a ton of minutes on.

3. Have him play hard, be a good teammate and be coachable.

4. Teach him to be respectful of others and able to talk to adults, including having a good handshake and make appropriate eye contact.

5. Teach him that character is what you do when no one is watching. That way he's ready to be noticed in a positive way when someone IS looking.

That's pretty much it. You'll be amazed. The rest will take care of itself.

Now, if your kid is deficient in any of the above, he's going to need outside help to overcome that deficiency. Maybe it'll even work. Then again, maybe it won't.

Re: Social Media

Take a look at BA. Disorganized for the past decade, can't get a schedule together, never post a roster at a tournament, never post names on their website of who is on which team, can't figure out who is supposed to be where and by when...yet their Jr. players move along nicely.

Re: Social Media

If its not on social media, it didn't really happen. If your team or organization does not promote every game with some sort of tweet or post your kid will be forgotten. Top of Mind Awareness (TOMA) is necessary in today's hockey market.