AMHL Social Networking Policy
Social Networking is defined as communicating through on-line communities of people such as, but not limited to, Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, blogging, etc.
The Ancaster Minor Hockey League (“AMHL”) understands the importance of Social Networking, however, it also allows for inappropriate unsupervised conduct which may be detrimental to the welfare of the AMHL and the future of AMHL players.
The AMHL holds the entire AMHL community, including Executive Members, Managers, Coaches, Trainers, Players, Scouts, Support Staff, on/off-ice Officials and others who participate in SOCIAL NETWORKING to the same standards as it would with all forms of media.
Inappropriate behaviour over SOCIAL NETWORKING media will not be tolerated and may result in disciplinary action being taken by the AMHL.
The first violation will result in a verbal warning from a team official and notification of the violation to the Executive.
The second violation will result in an automatic 5 game suspension and a discipline meeting with the Executive.
The third violation is automatic suspension until a discipline meeting with the Executive arranged with possible player release from the association.
The Executive recognizes that perpetrator intent and victim impact may differ in each case, and reserves the right to escalate the process to automatic suspension immediately.
AMHL Policy for Electronic Devices in Locker Rooms
Electronic Devices include but not limited to – Cameras, Camera Phones and Personal Digital Assistants, PDA’S (iPods©, Blackberry’s©, etc)
The use of any form of Camera, VideoCamera, Camera Cell Phone or Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) is prohibited in or around any recreational facility change room, during any AMHL sanctioned event.
Technology advancements have allowed cell phones, PDA’S, etc to carry new functions – such as cameras that allow users to secretly photograph objects in front of them while appearing to dial a number. These phones are very popular and widespread.
The ability to snap photos without others knowing has raised significant concerns for members within our Association. The potential exists for deviant behaviour of camera-phone users photographing others undressing and showering in change rooms. Cell phones already take better pictures than most video cameras; cell phones eliminate the evidence (send it somewhere else), rather than storing it where it can be easily found; unlike video cameras, cellphones, iPods, etc don’t require disguises or excuses to be brought into such sensitive areas as change rooms, bathrooms etc.
If someone uses a device in this way and takes a photo and puts it on the Internet, it’s a violation of personal privacy and will not be tolerated by the AMHL.