Social Media Protocol

These guidelines are designed to provide helpful, practical advise on using social media effectively and positively. We encourage the use of social media.

Social media has become increasingly popular in recent years, because it allows people to connect in the online world instantly. It can be hugely beneficial in disseminating information about the Rugby Club and/or specific age-groups. It is also a popular forum for developing personal and business relationships.

It can take many different forms, including internet forums, weblogs, social, blogs, podcasts, pictures and video. There are a vast array of platforms that the term ‘social media’ relates to. However, the Rugby Club recognises that the most popular channels currently used are – Twitter, Facebook and Google +1.

Clearly we live in a society that promotes free speech and freedom of expression, but we would caution that anything that you write has the potential to enter the public domain. Consequently, we would request that all social media commentary relating to Medway Rugby Club is of a positive nature – please think carefully before opening Pandora’s Box.

Any grievance, criticism or resentment should be directed in person to the individual, or the respective manager or coach. Matters of a more serious or contentious nature should be discussed with either the Mini or Youth Chair Persons, or ultimately the Club’s Executive Committee.

We would request that you refrain from any negative comments about, players, parents, coaches, managers, referees, clubs, etc.

We would request that you avoid gossip, slanderous comments, disruptive comments, threatening comments, and anything that could be construed as abusive, harassing, obscene, libellous, or an invasion of another’s privacy (this includes text, audio, photographs and video.)

If a negative comment is made, we would ask you not to comment on it either way, or to escalate an issue.

Breaches of this protocol, may be referred to the MRFC Executive Committee, and may result in suspension or termination of membership.

We would request that you use social media positively, be responsible, share your achievements, celebrate success, be gracious in defeat, be honest, and enjoy communicating and interacting.