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Participation Guidelines

ConnectedCoaches is a coach-to-coach community.

We believe coaches benefit from the free flow of ideas on shared interests.

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.

Four Guidelines which we expect all participants to follow

Your contributions should be:

  1. Respectful
  2. Constructive
  3. Careful
  4. Focused

1 Be respectful

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.

Dos:

  • Bear in mind how challenging coaching can be. If there is one thing all of us could do with, it’s some moral support.
  • It’s nice to say thanks if someone have helped you with a query. This can be done by clicking the “Like” button and posting a short comment.
  • Respect that people may have different political, religious, philosophical and cultural backgrounds to you.

Don'ts:

  • No inflammatory messages designed to foster arguments (known as 'trolling').
  • No posts or links directing users to any information that would constitute a violation of the Coaching Code of Conduct.
  • No racist, sexist, disablist, ageist, homophobic, abusive, threatening, obscene or pornographic content or language.
  • Definitely no inappropriate adult topics, especially innuendo.
  • No comments that attack or ridicule people, groups of people or an organisation (known as ‘flaming’)
  • No spamming with links to promote your own events, products or services, as it annoys members.

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.

2 Be constructive

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.

3 Be careful

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.

  • Do not include the name of a child whose image is being used or any other identifying information
  • Ask for the child’s and parental permission to use their image on ConnectedCoaches. You can use the CPSU Photography and filming permission form to obtain consent
  • Only use images of children in suitable dress/kit (including relevant required or recommended safety wear) to reduce the risk of inappropriate use.
  • In sports where the potential misuse of images is much greater (eg gymnastics or swimming), the content of the image should focus on the activity rather than the child and should avoid full face and body shots. So for example shots of children in a pool would be appropriate, or if poolside, waist or shoulder up.

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.

4 Be focussed

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.

Discussions that:

  • veer off topic
  • are unrelated to resolving the issue at hand
  • are repetitive or campaigning
  • are not specific enough

may be moved, edited or removed.

Creating your own content

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.

Videos

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:

  • Talks: conversations and presentations that spark coaching ideas.
  • Celebratory: clips that spread the love of coaching
  • Action: coaches in real-life sessions
  • Your Story: your personal coaching journey.
  • Experimental: coaches demonstrating new techniques.

 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.

Photos

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

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:

  • provide new insights on a specific aspect of coaching that can be relevant to coaches across different sports
  • share best practice or experience
  • are useful and applicable to community members
  • are clearly written with a logical flow
  • are interesting to read.

To increase the likelihood of your work being accepted, please:

  • Include relevant short case studies
  • Include photos, diagrams or other visual content
  • Include bullets, templates, checklists or step-by-step guides if appropriate
  • Make a commitment to submitting a regular blog
  • Write in plain English.

Each submission will be reviewed and we will aim to contact you within five working days of receipt.  

Moderation

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.

Participants who seriously or persistently or break theses participation guidelines or terms of use will be banned from participating at ConnectedCoaches.

About this document 

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.