WCOA Social Media Policy
While social media has expanded in society, there are numerous professional concerns which must be kept in mind. The following policy is to ensure that the integrity and ethics associated with being an official are maintained off the field.
1) Your social media communications are to be considered 100% public at all times, even if created with private intentions. You should consider your comments may be read by anyone at anytime.
2) As an official, you represent much more than just yourself. You represent your crew, the West Coast Officials Association and the integrity of officiating in general. You are an ambassador for officiating and should conduct yourself accordingly. You should promote officiating in a positive light with a feeling of pride and professionalism.
3) As an official, you have unique access to information. There are ethical and professional standards that apply to every game official. It is inappropriate to communicate detailed specifics about your assignments, other officials, leagues, schools, coaches, players, or any other personnel.
4) You should NEVER engage in social media communications that contain information regarding specific plays, rules interpretations, evaluations, or commentaries involving games you worked, witnessed or heard about. Such communications are inappropriate.
5) Social media is NOT an avenue to vent anger or frustration into. Making derogatory comments regarding coaches, players, fellow officials or others is totally unacceptable.
6) Be very sparing in sharing your personal information, including photos, over social media. Once again, this can easily get into the wrong hands.
Failure to comply with these guidelines can result in severe penalties from the WCOA including but not limited to fines, suspensions and/or termination as a member of the WCOA. Moreover, inappropriate postings can have serious legal consequences as well.