SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY

Athletes are held in the highest regard and are seen as role models in the community and each other. As leaders, you have the responsibility to portray your team, your club, your country, and yourselves in a positive manner at all times. Sometimes this means doing things that are an inconvenience to you but benefit the whole team. 

Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites have increased in popularity globally, and are used by the majority of athletes in one form or another. Athletes should be aware that third parties - - including the media, coaches, future employers, and officials - - could easily access your profiles and view all personal information. This includes all pictures, videos, comments, and posters. 

Inappropriate material found by third parties affects the perception of the athlete, the club, and the sport. This can also be detrimental to an athlete’s future employment options, whether in professional sports or in other industries. 

Examples of inappropriate and offensive behaviors concerning participation in online communities may include depictions or presentations of the following:  Photos, videos, comments, or posters 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, comments, or posters 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 institution; taunting comments aimed at a student-athlete, coach, or team at another institution and derogatory comments against race 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). 

Information that is sensitive or personal in nature or is proprietary to the Barracudas Club or the  Aruba Aquatics Federation, which is not public information (examples: tentative or future team schedules, athlete injuries and eligibility status, travel plans/itineraries or information).

If an 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: 

1. Written warning 

2. A meeting with Board and Head Coach 

3. Penalties as determined by the Board and Coach, including but not limited to possible suspension 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 student‐athletes or to seek connection with student‐athletes.  

Consider how the above behaviors can be reflected in all Facebook applications. 

If you are ever in doubt of the appropriateness of your online public material, consider whether it upholds and positively reflects your own values and ethics as well as the Club and Country. Remember, always present a positive image and don’t do anything to embarrass yourself, the team, your family, or the Club. By signing below you affirm that you understand the Barracudas Aruba Social Media Policy and Guidelines for Athletes and the requirements that you must adhere to as an athlete. Also, you affirm that failure to adhere to this policy and guidelines may result in consequences that include suspension from your team, and you may be subject to additional penalties.