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Social Networking Statement

It is pleasing to see that some Cricket Clubs and Club members have created
“Facebook” or “Twitter” sites to promote the activities of their clubs and provide
information for their players.


Sadly, however, Social Networking sites and other Internet based social media
of this nature are also open to inappropriate usage. Already the
League has received a number of complaints regarding obscene and offensive
comments posted by players about other players and officials in our League.


For some years we have included a statement regarding abuse of Social Media
in the Club Accreditation documents which can be found on the League
website. Clubs agree to these when they join the League and confirm their
agreement when accreditation is completed periodically. We are re-enforcing
this by asking Clubs to take responsibility for ensuring that their members do
not engage in activities which may be seen as harassing, discriminatory,
menacing, threatening, obscene, defamatory, or in any way objectionable or
offensive towards other Clubs, Players, Umpires or League officials. Breaches
will be dealt with by the Discipline sub-committee and, if proven, points
deductions and/or player suspensions will result and the incident may be
reported to the police.


Players should realise that although social media sites may have restricted
membership, they are not private or secure. It is a simple process for a so
called “friend” to take a copy of a facebook page and distribute it as widely as
they choose. A restricted site is therefore no defence. We ask for your co-operation to remove this unpleasant trend from our game.


(For the purposes of this Social Media includes all media (written or electronic),
Club newsletters, match programmes, club or private websites, email,
messaging, social networking (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, MySpace, LinkedIn etc.), chat, blog and video sharing via Youtube and any other discussion groups.

 

 


It is pleasing to see that some Cricket Clubs and Club members have created
“Facebook” or “Twitter” sites to promote the activities of their clubs and provide
information for their players.
Sadly, however, Social Networking sites and other Internet based social media
of this nature are also open to inappropriate usage. In the past few seasons the
League has received two complaints regarding obscene and offensive
comments posted by players about other players and officials in our League.
Any cases of this type may be subject to Disciplinary hearings and could also
be referred to the Police for possible Libel action.
For some years we have included a statement regarding abuse of Social Media
in the Club Accreditation documents which can be found on the League
website. Clubs agree to these when they join the League and confirm their
agreement when accreditation is completed periodically. We are re-enforcing
this by asking Clubs to take responsibility for ensuring that their members do
not engage in activities which may be seen as harassing, discriminatory,
menacing, threatening, obscene, defamatory, or in any way objectionable or
offensive towards other Clubs, Players, Umpires or League officials. Breaches
will be dealt with by the Discipline sub-committee and, if proven, points
deductions and/or player suspensions will result and the incident may be
reported to the police.
Players should realise that although “facebook” sites may have restricted
membership, they are not private or secure. It is a simple process for a so
called “friend” to take a copy of a facebook page and distribute it as widely as
they choose. A restricted site is therefore no defence.
We ask for your co-operation to remove this unpleasant trend from our game.
(For the purposes of this Social Media includes all media (written or electronic),
Club newsletters, match programmes, club or private websites, email,
messaging, social networking (Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, LinkedIn, etc),

chat, blog and video sharing via Youtube and any other discussion groups.