Electronic Communications and Social Media Policy
ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS AND SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY
As part of CLCR’s emphasis on athlete safety, all electronic communications between a coach and athlete must be professional in nature and for the purpose of communicating information about team activities.
As with any communication, the content of any electronic communication should be readily available to share with the athlete’s family. At the request of a parent or guardian, any email, electronic text, social media or similar communication will copy or include the athlete’s parents or guardians.
FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, BLOGS AND SIMILAR SITES
All posts, messages, text, or media of any kind between coach and athlete must be professional and positive in nature and for the purpose of communicating information about team activities or for team-oriented motivational purposes.
TWITTER, INSTANT MESSAGING AND SIMILAR MEDIA
All posts between coach and athlete must be for the purpose of communicating information about team activities and must be positive and professional.
EMAIL AND SIMILAR ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS
Athletes and coaches may use email to communicate. All email content between coach and athlete must be professional and positive in nature and for the purpose of communicating information about team activities and when possible cc appropriate additional coaches and/or parents.
TEXTING AND SIMILAR ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS
Texting is allowed between coaches and athletes. All texts between coach and athlete must be professional and positive and for the purpose of communicating information about team activities.
From time to time, digital photos, videos of practice or competition, and other publicly obtainable images of the athlete – individually or in groups – may be taken. These photos and/or videos may be submitted to local, state or national publications, used in club videos, posted on club or club associated websites, or offered to the club families seasonally on disc or other electronic form. It is the default policy of CLCR to allow such practices as long as the athlete or athletes are in public view and such imagery is both appropriate and in the best interest of the athlete and the club.
REQUEST TO DISCONTINUE ALL ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS OR IMAGERY
The parents or guardians of an athlete may request in writing that their child not be contacted by any form of electronic communication by coaches (photography or videography). Any images that are posted can be requested to be considered for removal pending an agreeable reason.
Social media and electronic communications can also be used to commit misconduct (e.g., emotional, sexual, bullying, harassment, and hazing). Such communications by coaches, staff, volunteers, administrators, officials, parents or athletes will not be tolerated and are considered violations of our Participant Safety Handbook.
Violations of CLCR’s Electronic Communications and Social Media Policy should be reported to your immediate supervisor, a CLCR board member or Coach. Complaints and allegations will be addressed under CLCR’s Disciplinary Rules and Procedure.