Electronic Communication and Social Media Policy

As representatives of Avon Eagle Swim Club you have the responsibility to portray our team and yourself in a positive manner. In addition to the agreed upon behaviors in the Swimmer and Parent Codes of Conduct, if you participate in any electronic communications (e.g., texting, e-mail), interact on a social networking site(s), or use social media (e.g., Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat) you must avoid inappropriate and offensive behaviors. If a club representative’s social media profile and its contents or other electronic communications are found to be inappropriate in accordance with the behaviors listed below, he/she will be subject to disciplinary action.

Examples of inappropriate and offensive behaviors may include, but are not limited to, depictions or presentations of the following:

  • Content online that is unsportsmanlike, derogatory, demeaning, defamatory, or threatening toward any other individual or entity (for example, derogatory comments regarding another swimmer or club)
  • Photos, videos, and comments that are of a sexual nature. This includes links to websites of a pornographic nature and other inappropriate material.
  • Any communications including posts depicting or encouraging unacceptable behaviors such as violent or illegal activities (for example, sexual harassment, vandalism, underage drinking, or illegal drug use).

Remember:

  • Always present a positive image and don’t do anything to embarrass yourself, your team, or your family.
  • The Internet is permanent. Anything posted online is available to anyone in the world. Any content you post is completely out of your control the moment it is placed online, even if you limit access to your page.
  • Don't post anything you wouldn't want your coaches or parents/guardian to see. All communications between a coach or other adult and an athlete must be professional in nature and for the purpose of communicating information about team activities. Another adult must be copied on all communication.

TEXTING

Subject to the general guidelines mentioned above, texting is allowed between coaches and athletes with another adult copied during the hours from 8am until 8pm. Texting only shall be used for the purpose of communicating information directly related to team activities.

EMAIL

Athletes and coaches may use email to communicate between the hours of 8am and 8pm with another adult copied. When communicating with an athlete through email, a parent, another coach, or a board member must also be copied.

REQUEST TO DISCONTINUE ALL ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS

The parents or guardians of an athlete may request in writing that their child not be contacted by coaches through any form of electronic communication.