The Petrolia Soccer Club realizes that from time to time, an issue may occur, which is why the time was taken to develop this policy and provide that avenue to all of our members. The Petrolia Soccer Club prides itself on its family-like atmosphere and its ability to communicate directly with all members by not losing sight of what is most important – all players having fun playing soccer.

The 24-hour rule works this way: if you have something to say to the coach, or they have something to say to you (that could be contentious) wait 24 hours after the event or the game before discussing it. By this time, you have better perspective, they have better perspective and a lot of arguments naturally are eliminated in the process. Soccer is an emotional game. It’s best to let the emotions simmer before talking to the coach, adult to adult, preferably away from the pitch.

In the event this conversation does not bring both parties to an agreement the issue can be put in writing and submit it to the PSC Executive. Whether this issue is labelled as coaching error, team mate interference, parent conflict or any other of a number of possible situations, it is very important that all parties involved take the full 24 hours to remove or decrease the emotional element so that the actual issue can be resolved quickly, in a civilized manner, and to everyone’s satisfaction.

We expect our members to conduct themselves appropriately when using electronic communication to share information with other members or posting material on public websites.Members may face disciplinary action for sending inappropriate electronic communication or posting online content or comments that harass, offend, intimidate or humiliate another member, coach, volunteer, etc…

Please keep in mind that under certain circumstances, cyber bullying (e.g. bullying that is carried out through an internet service such as email, a chat room, discussion group, instant messaging or website) is a criminal offence that can be reported to the police. Despite the seemingly unregulated nature of social media, the law still applies online.

Postings online (and similarly in email or text messages) are subject to the law in areas like defamation, racial discrimination, intimidation, breach of copyright and trademark.

Coaches and others who work with children and young people must direct electronic communication through the child’s parents.

In essence, the same organisational values and behaviours that act as a compass for club members in the real world should also guide them in the virtual world and in social media exchanges. These include values such as transparency, honesty, respect and tolerance, to name a few.

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