SOCIAL MEDIA – If your Club Director allows it, and if you use social media outlets to communicate with your team members,
1) Your page and communications should be open to all. Encourage and accept your club’s coaches, directors and parents to be “friended” so they can check-in at any time.
2) Post communications concerning only club info (not personal). This may require that you set-up a different account for Club Business.
3) If you have a personal page, do not co-mingle the two.
4) Do not post photos without club/director/parent/athlete permission.
5) Do not engage in “conversations” with players via social media. Require their parents to contact you if they need clarification on some information you posted.
Following these types of guidelines will help you keep from having to defend yourself against an unwarranted claim of abuse or inappropriate dealings with players. For an organization or its members to ignore or down play the potential risks of abuse or molestation accusations pose a tremendous threat to the overall organization.