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Guidelines for Social Networking and Electronic Communication
In an increasingly "Social" world, The Upwey Tecoma Football & Netball Club Inc ( The Tigers) and all it's members must adhere to the The Tigers Social Networking Policy as described below to protect the players, officials and club members from our Club, umpires and the wider football/netball community. Any member using Social Networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and in some cases YouTube where video clips are uploaded may do so however comments, videos or accusations that can be deemed improper, intimidating, racist, sexist or degrading are strictly prohibited when the content involved is of an Australian Rules Football/Netball nature. Should you wish to upload any video clip vision to YouTube that involves any vision of a club member or club or League or League officials that you are unsure if it could be deemed improper, intimidating, racist, sexist or degrading? Seek approval from The Tigers committee so as to not breach this policy.
Whilst the club understands that individuals have a right to freedom of speech, there is a Code of Conduct Policy drawn up by our governing body "The VCFL" that all Clubs, players, coaches, club officials and club members/ supporters must abide by for the club to be granted a licence to play. The policy requires that an individual or individuals be held to the same standards for Social Media that they would normally and reasonably be held to in other forms or public communications. Comments or accusations that can be deemed improper, intimidating, racist, sexist or degrading can result in disciplinary action from the UTFNC, fines and/or the requirement to attend an Independent VCFL Tribunal. Using the VCFL’S Reports and Tribunals regulations, behaviour which is considered unacceptable can be bought to the Tribunal even if the behaviour did not occur on the field and as long as an incident is Australian Rules Football/Netball related, then it falls under the jurisdiction of the Tribunal. This type of behaviour is totally unacceptable in Australian Rules Football/Netball at any level and will not be tolerated by the UTFNC or the Leagues governing body.
If you have not read the VCFL Code of Conduct Policy, please click on the link on our website or ask a committee person to obtain a copy for you.
Under the clubs new stance in relation to this policy, the Upwey Tecoma Football & Netball Club would like to make it very clear to its players, coaches, officials and club members, that you are responsible for your statements and actions unless written approval has been granted by the club to make comment on a matter . Any misuse of a Social Networking site on Australian Rules Football/Netball matters, which includes comments made about our club, the League, an opposition player or club, club member, or official which can be deemed improper, intimidating, racist, sexist or degrading will not be tolerated and the Upwey Tecoma Football & Netball Club will have no hesitation in referring the matter to the VCFL’S Independent Tribunal. UTFNC will cooperate with any direction then given by the Tribunal or VCFL offices with regards to the matter.
In addition, the Upwey Tecoma Football & Netball Club would remind its players, officials, club members and supporters that Social Networking postings whilst you may think they remain in a private domain can be seen by others and made public. Some people recognize the harm and distress this type of behaviour can cause and can bring it to the attention of the Club or the League. Such comments could also lead to civil court proceedings being brought by affect parties.
This is the Policy stance of the Upwey Tecoma Football & Netball Club and this policy is to be read in conjunction with the VCFL CyberSafety Policy any issue that does not appear not be covered in our club's policy please refer to the VCFL Policy as this policy supersedes our policy where issues are not accounted for.