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Long Distance Relationships: Social Media For Basketball Coaches Loving Families

February 21, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 188

Sometimes during basketball season it can feel like you're in a long distance relationship. It's hard to balance family and basketball while spending nights and weekends in the gym. Social media can help you stay connected with your loved ones. Here are some ways to make them feel special when you're not there.

In a sense, I'll be giving you some long distance relationship advice. Or really, just relationship advice for busy people! My husband is in the military, so between his deployments and then when I'm coaching, we have really utilized technology to help our relationship stay strong.

These first ideas will be geared toward your spouse or significant other (S.O.), though some can apply to kids too. I'll comment on kids specifically towards the end. Of course you'll need to take into account your own situation and your own relationships, but these are some small ideas that can have had a big impact on my marriage.

They can on yours too.

And most of these you can do right from your smart phone!


Most people are on Facebook. It's a huge social tool, and many people spend quite a few hours on it. If you don't have an account, get one. You can even suggest that both you and your S.O. each get one in order to better stay up to date with each other in the busy times.

Through Facebook you can:

Post something sweet on their wall for all to see. Saying "Wish you were here!" and "Love you!" shout your love for all to see. This will speak loudly to your partner that you are thinking of them and love them. Read their wall and comment on interactions with friends. Jump in the conversation. This shows interest in their life and their friends. Mention them in a post, tag them in a photo, or send them a message. Any little thing speaks volumes!


Twitter is growing like mad. Tweeting to each other is the perfect opportunity for inside jokes... other people see what you're saying but they don't always get it. Or, you can send a direct message (private) and make it a little more personal.


When you're on the road or out late, a video can bring your experience to life for your spouse/S.O. Have someone record a quick video on your phone showing the final seconds of the game. Shoot a 60 second video at the pre-game meal and tell them how excited you are for the game. Have the whole team say hi. Uploading it to YouTube is a fun way to keep the videos on record.

You can make the links private if you don't want the public to have access. Then later, if you've sent a few videos throughout the season, they can go back and watch them all. When your Love is missing you, they can see all your loving videos made just for them.

Text Message

This may not technically be social media, but once again it's an avenue to communicate. Most likely your spouse is supportive and understanding of your situation. But shooting them a quick text can mean the world to the one who is stuck at home while you're out "having all the fun."

Share your High's and Lows of the day: "Hey Babe- How are you? High today was we played great. Low was Brady's iPod broke and he sang all the way back on the bus... See you soon."

Skype & Facetime (Apple)

Skype is awesome! As I said, my husband is in the military, and when he's deployed we really utilize Skype. (Facetime is a similar tool for iPhones) It's live video chat, and you can see them right on the phone (with some phones) instead of using the computer. You can give a quick update and see each other's faces. This allows for reading body language. You can tell if something's wrong and just read their expression better than a phone call.


One great tool I really like is Instagram. It's a photo app that allows you to personalize photos. You can send them via text or twitter, post them on FB, or email them. Taking a second to doctor up a photo and send it off just for your significant other will mean a lot to them. Especially if it's of some inside joke, or something you find to be really meaningful.

Kids- Ok so I don't have kids so I can't say I'm an expert at this. However, most of the above ideas would work for your kids, depending on what social media accounts they have. The texting, YouTube and Instagram ideas would be especially great.

My one main suggestion is that- if you don't already- tell your kids you love them through every means possible. Every kid needs to hear "i love you" from their parents. If this is hard to say in person, try a text message or an email. Saying it in the written form could give you the confidence to say it out loud in person to them someday. Even if you say "I love you" all the time, saying it through social media will still help when you're not around.

Quick tip- Ask your kids for tips on social media and how you can use it better. Kids know all the latest crazes. And you might learn clues on what social media avenues would speak to them.

The main point is to make the effort to communicate with your spouse/significant other and your family. Taking two minutes to post on Facebook, shoot them a text, or make a quick video can really speak loudly of your love. The little things do add up.

Heather Goffrier is the founder of Her passion is to help basketball players gain skill and confidence and encourage coaches. For free shooting tips to help you and/or your team be more consistent and score more points, visit:

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