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SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY

PREAMBLE

1. Softball Canada is aware that Participant interaction and communication occurs frequently on social media. Softball Canada cautions Participants that any conduct falling short of the standard of behaviour required by Softball Canada’s Code of Conduct and Ethics will be subject to the disciplinary sanctions identified within Softball Canada’s Discipline and Complaints Policy.

APPLICATION

2. This Policy applies to all Participants.

CONDUCT AND BEHAVIOUR

3. In accordance with Softball Canada’s Discipline and Complaints Policy and Code of Conduct and Ethics, the following social media conduct may be considered minor or major infractions at the discretion of the Discipline Chair or Case Manager:

            a) Posting a disrespectful, hateful, harmful, disparaging, insulting, or otherwise negative comment on a social
                medium that is directed at a Participant, at Softball Canada, or at other individuals connected with Softball
                Canada
            b) Posting a picture, altered picture, or video on a social medium that is harmful, disrespectful, insulting, or
                otherwise offensive, and that is directed at a Participant, at Softball Canada, or at other individuals connected
                with Softball Canada
            c) Creating or contributing to a Facebook group, webpage, Instagram account, Twitter feed, blog, or online forum
                 devoted solely or in part to promoting negative or disparaging remarks or commentary about Softball Canada,
                 its stakeholders, or its reputation
            d) Inappropriate personal or sexual relationships between Participants who have a Power Imbalance in their
                 interactions, such as between athletes and coaches, Directors and staff, officials and athletes, etc.
            e) Any instance of cyber-bullying or cyber-harassment between one Participant and another Participant
                (including a teammate, coach, opponent, volunteer, or official), where incidents of cyber-bullying and cyber-
                harassment can include but are not limited to the following conduct on any social medium, via text-message,
                or via email: regular insults, negative comments, vexatious behaviour, pranks or jokes, threats, posing
                as another person, spreading rumours or lies, or other harmful behaviour.
 
4. All conduct and behaviour occurring on social media may be subject to Softball Canada’s Discipline and Complaints Policy at the discretion of the Discipline Chair or Case Manager.

MEMBER RESPONSIBILITIES

5. Participants acknowledge that their social media activity may be viewed by anyone, including Softball Canada.

6. If Softball Canada unofficially engages with a Participant in social media (such as by retweeting a tweet or sharing a photo on Facebook) the Participant may, at any time, ask Softball Canada to cease this engagement.

7. When using social media, a Participant must model appropriate behaviour befitting the Participant’s role and status in connection with Softball Canada.

8. Removing content from social media after it has been posted (either publicly or privately) does not excuse the Participant from being subject to Softball Canada’s Discipline and Complaints Policy.

9. A individual who believes that an Participant’s social media activity is inappropriate or may violate Softball Canada’s policies and procedures should report the matter to Softball Canada in the manner outlined by Softball Canada’s Discipline and Complaints Policy.