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Central PA Elite recognizes and supports its student-athletes’ rights to freedom of speech, expression, and association, including the use of social media. However, student-athletes should be aware that many colleges, universities, and future employers will examine their social media profiles when making admissions and hiring decisions. In this context, student-athletes should limit their social media content to information, comments, photos, etc. that is appropriate and in good taste.

  • Be respectful and positive. Remember many different audiences will see your posts, shares, and retweets including children, student-athletes, parents, college coaches, high school coaches, university admissions staff, future employers, etc.
  • Do not post, share, or retweet content that promotes, fosters, or perpetuates discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, age, religion, gender, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, national origin, physical or mental disability or sexual orientation.
  • Do not post, share, or retweet content that contains profanity or inappropriate language.
  • Avoid negative personal comments or inflammatory subjects.
  • Be the first to correct your own mistakes, and be constructive and respectful if correcting others.
  • Make sure that all of your communications are in good taste.
  • Use sound judgment and think about reactions to your post before you post, share or retweet it. If it’s something that a parent, coach, or employer would approve, don’t post, share, or retweet.
  • Understand that who you have listed as Followers or Friends is a reflection on you.
  • Be sensitive about the time of day that your social media activity takes place. For example, updating social media during the middle of the night during the school week or during the school day raises red flags with college coaches and future employers.
  • Be sensitive about sharing, liking, or retweeting content that may be deemed offensive.
  • Use caution when adding someone or inviting someone to be a friend. Many individuals are looking to take advantage of students-athletes, to get close to student-athletes to give themselves a sense of membership, or to gain information about you.
  • Many university admissions officers and future employers review social networking sites as part of their overall evaluation of an applicant. Protect yourself by maintaining a self-image that you can be proud of years from now.
  • If you feel angry or passionate about a subject, it’s wise to delay posting until you are calm and clear-headed.
  • Do not post when you are emotional, like right after a game. You are more likely to say something you will regret.
  • Do not post, share, or retweet derogatory content that attacks a teammate, student-athlete, coach or administrator from Central PA Elite or any other organization.
  • Do not post, share, or retweet comments that criticize game officiating or personally attack game officials.
  • When disagreeing with others’ opinions, keep it appropriate and polite.
  • Your reputation, and Central PA Elite’s, are best served when you remain above the fray.
  • Never represent yourself on social media in a false or misleading way.
  • Social media participation is about enjoying personal interactions, so have fun!.
  • Share the love! Link back to Central PA Elite social media and postings.

Violations of the social media guidelines outlined above may result in one or more of the following sanctions.

  • Immediate removal of objectionable content.
  • Discussion with the Executive Director.
  • Temporary suspensions until the prescribed conditions are met.

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