Playing and competing for Encore Volleyball is a privilege. Student‐athletes at Encore are held in the highest regard and have the responsibility to portray their club, team and themselves in a positive manner at all times.
Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites have increased in popularity globally, and are used by the majority of student‐athletes at Encore in one form or another. Student‐athletes should be aware that third parties – – including the media, Encore coaches, college coaches and future employers – – could easily access your profiles and view all personal information. This includes all pictures, videos, posts and comments. Inappropriate material found by third parties affects the perception of the student-athlete, the team, and Encore as a club, and can also be detrimental to a student‐athlete’s future opportunities, in volleyball and beyond.
Examples of inappropriate and offensive behaviors concerning participation in online communities may include depictions or presentations of the following:
- Photos, videos, posts or comments showing the personal use of alcohol, drugs and tobacco. e.g., no holding cups, cans, shot glasses etc.
- Photos, videos, and comments that are of a sexual nature. This includes links to websites of a pornographic nature and other inappropriate material.
- Pictures, videos, posts or comments that condone drug-related activity. This includes but is not limited to images that portray the personal use of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
- Content online that is unsportsmanlike, derogatory, demeaning or threatening toward any other individual or entity (examples: derogatory comments regarding another club; taunting comments aimed at a student-athlete, coach or team at another club or school and derogatory comments against race , sexual orientation, and/or gender).
- No posts should depict or encourage unacceptable, violent or illegal activities (examples: hazing, sexual harassment/assault, gambling, discrimination, fighting, vandalism, academic dishonesty, underage drinking, illegal drug use).
SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY & CONSEQUENCES FOR ENCORE ATHLETES
If a student‐athlete’s profile and its contents are found to be inappropriate in accordance with the above behaviors, he/she will be subject to the following penalties:
- Verbal and/ or written warning
- A meeting with Head Coach and Club Directors
- Penalties as determined by Encore, including but not limited to possible suspension or release from his/her team.
For your own safety, please keep the following recommendations in mind as you participate in social media websites:
- Set your security settings so that only your friends can view your profile.
- You should not post your email, home address, local address, telephone number(s), or other personal information as it could lead to unwanted attention, stalking, identity theft, etc.
- Be aware of who you add as a friend to your site – many people are looking to take advantage of young people.
Consider how the above behaviors can be reflected in all Facebook applications.
- If you do engage in posts or comments related to Encore or Monsoon volleyball clubs, never act in a derogatory manner towards any team, coach or athlete and avoid personally-identifiable information that could put you or others at risk.