Social Media Policy

Social Media Policy:


For the purpose of this Social Media Policy, the policy will encompass public communications,
through such internet mediums and websites as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn,
Snapchat, Foursquare and/or any other social media network that allows users to communicate
online. The policy will be applicable to all members of the GTHLA Community, including GMs,
teams, GTHLA volunteers, on-ice and off-ice officials, players, and supporters.
The GTHLA recognizes and appreciates the value of social media and the importance of social
networking to all of its stakeholders. The GTHLA also respects the right of all teams and
associated personnel to express their views publicly. At the same time, we must be aware of
the problems social media and networking can create, and the potential for harm.”
The purpose of this policy is to ensure all teams and associated personnel are aware that
conduct deemed to be inappropriate may be subject to disciplinary action by GTHLA, via Fair
Play Committee.


a) The GTHLA holds the entire GTHLA Community who participate in social media activity
to the same standards to which all forms of league related communication are held.
b) Comments or remarks that are derogatory to a team, the league, or an individual will
not be tolerated and will be subject to disciplinary action.
c) Pause before posting. Ultimately, you are solely responsible for your comments and
they are published for the public record.


The following are examples of conduct through social media and networking mediums that are
considered violations of the GTHLA Social Media Policy and may be subject to disciplinary
action by the league, via the Fair Play Committee.
a) Negative or derogatory comments about any of the teams, league and/or GTHLA
volunteers, players or league officials
b) Any form of bullying, harassment or threats against players, volunteers or officials.
c) Photographs, video or comments promoting hazing, sexual exploitation or criminal
d) racist, sexist, or homophobic comments of any kind, in keeping with the GTHLA
principles and core values on these matters.
e) Online activity that is meant to alarm other individuals or to misrepresent fact or truth.


The League will investigate reported violations of this policy. If the investigation determines
that a violation has occurred, the League, via the Fair Play Committee, will impose appropriate
consequences. Any appeal will be dealt with in a similar fashion to appealing on-ice


When using social media, the GTHLA community should assume, especially as it relates to the
league, they should abide by the League’s principles and core values, as described on the
GTHLA website.

If any member of the GTHLA community asks that their identity or image be removed from
social media, community members should respect their request and remove it promptly.