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Misuse of Social Media



All Rounder Cricket Bradford Premier League Social Media Guidelines

The All Rounder Cricket Bradford Premier League boasts over 1,000 Twitter followers and loves to share information with supporters.

The interactions we receive are overwhelmingly constructive and positive. Long may they continue and – providing a little common sense is shown – there is no need for anyone to be afraid of posting.

The All Rounder Cricket Bradford Premier League has developed six top tips to help player, club officials and league followers make the most of social media and judge what is and is not appropriate.


Hit social media abuse for 6! Six questions to ask before you post or share


Would saying this be acceptable if I was attending a cricket match in person?

Remember it just isn’t cricket to show a lack of respect.


Would I want my boss, my family or my coach to see this?

“Views expressed are my own” won’t stop them being embarrassed or change the opinions they form.


Would a newspaper publish this?  

If the answer is no, it probably breaks libel or defamation law.


Am I 100% certain this is acceptable?

If in doubt, leave it out.


Before sharing or retweeting, would I write this myself and do I endorse it?

If the answer is no, don’t share it. By retweeting or sharing, you might as well be posting it yourself.


How would I feel if someone wrote this about me?

If you wouldn’t like it, don’t post it.



THE SMALL PRINT

We hope you’ll never need to refer to this, but below is our policy for dealing with malicious communications.

ZERO TOLERANCE

Insulting, offensive, obscene, injurious or false content can be dangerous and harmful to people’s wellbeing and reputation as well as bringing the All Rounder Cricket Bradford Premier League or your club into disrepute.

We will not tolerate any malicious communications, harassment or discrimination through social media.

Do not use social media to make malicious, insulting, offensive, obscene or false statements regarding our players, coaches, officials, volunteers or spectators.

This applies regardless of whether

  • You are posting yourself or sharing someone else’s post.  


  • The individual is tagged in the post or not  


  • The communication is by word, photograph, video or any other form.  


  • The post is anonymous or not. If we can trace it back to you, we will act.  


 
SANCTIONS

The Six Top Tips are there to prevent the below!


  • However, if you are found to have acted improperly on social media regarding a All Rounder Cricket Bradford Premier League related matter, or towards any club’s players, coaches, officials, staff, volunteers or spectators, you risk any or all of the following:


  • An indefinite ban from all cricket, grounds, venues, buildings and events connected with the league.  

 

  • Legal proceedings under the Malicious Communications Act  


  • Civil action under libel law  


  • Punishment, including possible bans, deemed appropriate by the disciplinary committee of the All Rounder Cricket Bradford Premier League.

  

  • Sanctions imposed by the league disciplinary committee on the club with which you are registered.  


REPORT A BREACH  

If you have witnessed a breach of this Code of Conduct and wish to make a complaint, email ceo@bradfordcl.com.

Best to block the person posting too!  



The YCB have also issued the following guidelines on the misuse of social media.


Yorkshire Cricket Board

 MISUSE OF THE SOCIAL MEDIA 

Clubs are expected/required to ensure that all their members are aware of the misuse of social and other media as outlined below and be aware of the possible consequences faced by individuals and/or the club if such misuse happens.


Any public or circulated comment  brought to the attention of the Club/League/Board in any form of social media  ( e.g. Websites, Facebook, Twitter, Blogs etc. ) or in the general media  ( e.g. press, radio, television, general websites , club programmes etc. ) that is detrimental to the club, league , officials , players  or the Game in general by a League/Club Officer , Officials , Players  , Club Member or someone acting on their behalf  may be viewed as Unsatisfactory Conduct  under the Yorkshire Cricket Board Disciplinary Code and Procedures   and therefore is a disciplinary offence and may result in due disciplinary procedure against the Individual(s)  or Club.


It can be viewed as a secondary offence to re-send or re-circulate  any such detrimental comments and as primary offence to ask someone to do this on your behalf and this will be treated as Unsatisfactory Conduct  and can be treated as a disciplinary offence in its own right

NOTE

YCB DEFINITION OF UNSATISFACTORY CONDUCT 

By this is meant misconduct, that is dissent, abuse and ungentlemanly conduct, whether verbal , written or physical, whether on or off the field of play and whether carried out by a player, club members or supporter: and in addition the Club which fails to properly control or discipline its players, club members and supporters with regard to any misconduct. 

In effect this means any action likely to bring the League, the Club, the Board or the game of Cricket into disrepute or to prejudice its good name and interests. 

Note

For the purposes of these Guidelines the term ‘ player’ shall be taken to mean any player, professional or otherwise, and also any member or official of any club or organisation or supporter or spectator involved in an incident of possible misconduct on or off the field of play. In addition the term “League ” shall be taken to mean any member organisation of Yorkshire Cricket Board.