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We let conversations flow and we do not pre-moderate, meaning your posts will be published instantly without our prior approval.
That said, we want to ensure ConnectedCoaches is a friendly and useful place to visit for all coaches, regardless of their background or ideas. So we expect you to abide by these common-sense guidelines whenever you post on the ConnectedCoaches site.
Remember, you can report any content or posts that break our guidelines by clicking on the red flag ‘Report Abuse’ button above each post. We rely on members to do this.
Your contributions should be:
We want coaches to feel comfortable about posting their views, experiences and answers. Please use the same courtesy when posting on ConnectedCoaches as you would use when speaking to someone face-to-face.
Examples of dos and don’ts.
If you see any of these, please don't respond; simply report the post to a moderator using the ‘Report abuse’ red flag button above every post.
We want to build a thriving coaching community interested in healthy debate. Our watchword is “civil dialogue”: We will encourage a broad range of viewpoints, as long as people are civil. Connected Coaches can help by being positive and constructive with posts even when we all disagree with each other.
Avoid angry rants or excessive arguing. ‘I’m right, you’re wrong’ type posts will be deleted.
Do Respect copyright ownership
Ensure you have created the content you are posting yourself or alternatively have permission from the copyright holder to upload it to ConnectedCoaches.
As you can only share a video, by pasting a link rather than uploading a video, you can share video that you haven’t created yourself, providing you share the video from a website that is accessible by the general public and credit the person who filmed it.
Do play your part in safeguarding children
All material you post that features children or young people should follow the NSPCC, Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) best-practice guidelines. The CPSU does not advocate the banning of images and videos featuring children in sport but recommends these guidelines.
If you spot any inappropriate images on ConnectedCoaches, report them immediately using the report abuse flag.
Do protect peoples’ privacy
Please do not post any personal information including email addresses, other contact details or copies of private emails/messages.
Don’t break the law
Don’t add any other posts that break the law such as posts that falsely damage the reputation of someone or an organisation.
Stay on topic and post in the right groups and forum topics. The groups are intended for the discussion of issues related to many different aspects of coaching. Posting in the right groups and forums makes it easy for others to answer your questions.
Be as specific as you can about your problem or query to help other coaches find your query, understand your situation, and make it easier for them to give advice. So instead of ‘I need help’, write ‘does anyone know any safe warm-up drills that children aged 5-7 enjoy’.
Similarly, if you are providing an answer, the more specific you can be, the easier it is for someone to follow your advice.
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We want you to add content to ConnectedCoaches to help spark conversations with other like-minded coaches. We particularly welcome videos, relevant photos and other illustrations. Busy coaches find easier to digest and more meaningful than reams of long text.
It is courteous to obtain the consent of the adult being filmed or photographed, ensuring that the purpose of the filming and publication is understood. Any film or photographs of children or young athletes must follow the Safeguarding Children guidelines above.
Content which focuses on sport specific techniques probably sits better on your governing body or other sport-specific website however.
You may already have video footage that you would like to share. Or you may want to have a friend or family member video or record you so members can get to know you or see your coaching style in action. Perhaps, during a warm-up drill, motivational pre-match talk or coaching team meeting etc. ConnectedCoaches video categories include:
Short, two to three minute video clips are best but we understand why some need to be longer. Try not to be shy. The coaching community really benefits from observing other coaches, coaching.
With a mobile phone, its quick and easy to take and upload a photo to ConnectedCoaches. Posting 'selfies' for example will help to build the community spirit by updating other members your coaching activities. Other members will feel like they are getting to know you.
Photos can be useful for sharing lots of information. Coaches like for example to see images of other coaches' coaching plans drawn on a flipchart.
Blogs are useful for providing a deeper insight or a particular angle on a coaching matter.
If you are interested in writing a blog yourself, or even better or a regular column, please contact us.
We welcome blogs that:
To increase the likelihood of your work being accepted, please:
Each submission will be reviewed and we will aim to contact you within five working days of receipt.
We will remove or edit members postings or comments that break these participation guidelines.
Even if only part of a comment or posting breaks the community guidelines, the whole thing may be removed
Our moderators may contact you by email in relation to your participation, where an issue comes up in relation to these community guidelines.
This policy is a collaborative document, created by representatives of ConnectedCoaches members including the Community Manager and moderators, together with members.
It aims to reflect best practice in community management.
It is regularly reviewed and refreshed, so please bookmark this page and check back frequently.
This document was last reviewed in February 2015.
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