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Burnsville Girls Traveling BasketballSocial Media Policy

This policy shall apply to all coaches, players, parents, guardians or other persons associated with Burnsville Girls Traveling Basketball (GTBB) regarding use of social media. This policy applies to the above participants on and off of the court. The goal of GTBB is to ensure that its participants coaches, players, parents, guardians, fans, etc. maintain the highest standard of sportsmanship and ethical behavior at all times. Adherence to this policy shall be a condition for continued participation in the GTBB program. 

We take seriously and will address all inappropriate use of social media.

"Social Media" is defined to include:  Web sites, Web logs (blogs), wikis, social networks (e.g., Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Flickr, YouTube, etc.), online forums, virtual worlds, text messages, email and any other social media generally available to the public or consumers.

"Inappropriate Communication" is defined to include:  any statement, comment, assertion, posting, communication or message of any type that serves to harass, threaten, bully, denigrate, defame, disparage, belittle or impugn the character of the Burnsville Girls Traveling Basketball program or any players, parents, guardians, coaches, referees, volunteers or board members associated with Burnsville Girls Traveling Basketball.

REQUIREMENTS

All participants in Burnsville Girls Traveling Basketball are expected to serve as positive ambassadors of our organization, and they should remember that they are role models to the players.  Because readers of social media networks may view the participant as a representative of GTBB, GTBB requires participants to observe the following rules:

  1. Use of any social media network and postings, displays or communications on any social media network must comply with all state and federal laws, any GTBB policies and the GTBB Codes of Conduct for Players, Parents and Coaches.‚Äč

  2. Participants must be respectful and professional in all communications (by word, image or other means) via Social Media.  In keeping with this basic expectation of respect and professionalism, participants in GTBB must refrain at all times from (i) engaging in any Inappropriate Communication via Social Media; (ii) using obscene, profane or vulgar language via Social Media; or (iii) promoting unlawful activity, including unlawful acts relating to alcohol, controlled substances or sexual misconduct.

  3. Participants may not act as a spokesperson for GTBB except as authorized by the GTBB Board.

  4. When authorized as a spokesperson for GTBB, participants must disclose their relationship with GTBB.

  5. Participants may not disclose information on any social media network that is confidential or proprietary to GTBB, its players, parents, coaches, umpires, etc., or that is protected by data privacy laws.

  6. Participants will be held responsible for the disclosure, whether purposeful or inadvertent, of confidential or private information, information that violates the privacy rights or other rights of a third party, or the content of anything posted on any social media network or internet site as it relates to GTBB.

  7. Anything related to GTBB posted on a participant's Web site or Web log or other internet content for which the participant is responsible will be subject to all GTBB policies, rules, regulations or guidelines as amended from time to time.

VIOLATION

A GTBB participant who is responsible for a social media network posting that fails to comply with the rules set forth in this policy may be subject to discipline as outlined in the GTBB Code of Conduct for Players, Parents and Coaches.

GUIDELINES

These are the guidelines for social media in GTBB.  If you are a participant contributing to blogs, wikis, social networks, virtual worlds or any other kind of social media, these guidelines are for you.  We expect all who participate in social media to understand and follow these guidelines.  Failure to do so could put you at risk.  These guidelines will continually evolve as new technologies and social networking tools emerge, so please check back once in a while to make sure you are up to date.

It’s your responsibility.  What you write is ultimately your responsibility.  If it seems inappropriate, use caution.  What you publish is widely accessible, and it will be around for a long time, so consider the content carefully.  Trademark, copyright and fair use requirements must be respected.

Ensure the safety of the players.  When participants choose to join or engage in the social networking groups, they do so as an ambassador of GTBB and have the responsibility for monitoring content and addressing inappropriate behavior or activity on these networks.  This includes acting to protect the safety of minors online.

Be transparent.  Your honesty—or dishonesty—will be quickly noticed in the social media environment.  If you are posting about your involvement, use your real name and identify your relationship with GTBB. Be clear about your role; if you have a vested interest in something you are discussing, be the first to point it out.

Protect confidential information.  Be thoughtful about what you publish.  You must make sure you do not disclose or use confidential information.  Players, parents, coaches and other participants should not be cited or obviously referenced without their approval.  For example, ask permission before posting someone’s picture in a social network or publishing a conversation that was meant to be private.

Respect your audience and other participants.  Always express ideas and opinions in a respectful manner.  Make sure your communications are in good taste.  Do not denigrate or insult others.  Remember that our communities reflect a diverse set of customs, values and points of view.

Keep your cool.  One of the aims of social media is to create dialogue and people will not always agree on an issue.  When confronted with a difference of opinion, stay cool.  Sometimes, it’s best to ignore a comment and not give it credibility by acknowledging it with a response.

Be careful with personal information.  Make full use of privacy settings.  Know how to disable anonymous postings and use moderating tools on your social media sites.

Be a positive role model.