All members are subject to the NRC Social Media Guidelines laid out here within:

The world of social and digital media is an enjoyable and engaging place. As a Basketball Ireland Referee, Tutor Mentor or Referee Volunteer, you will often encounter that world. This document has been put together to help, educate and guide those who use social media in any capacity.

  • These guidelines will evolve over time as new technology and platforms emerge.

However, a few basic aims will always remain true:

  • To promote and develop positive online discussion of referees within Basketball Ireland.
  • To protect the reputation of official NRC & Area Association social media platforms online.
  • To help moderate discussions appropriately.
  • To ensure the NRC provides an official voice in this area.
  • We also want to ensure that a common set of guidelines and policies are in place so that we are all working in unison as one family. In that way, anyone who speaks on behalf of the NRC or its Area Association is authorized, ensuring we work together to give referee’s an appealing online presence.
  • Be in the right state of mind when you make a post.  Don’t post when you’re angry, upset, or your judgment is impaired in any way. Remember, the Internet is permanent.
  • The NRC, Area Associations and Referees are using social media to engage and connect with our members, other associations, potential referees, referees, tutors, mentors and the wider basketball community. Relationships grow with personal, regular and honest communication; therefore social media provides us with powerful tools to build relationships.
  • A member of the Area Association must the owner of the account.
  • Other committee members can be made administrators on an account and may post content but the account must ultimately be “owned” by a committee member.
  • Notify the NRC of new official accounts.
  • If you want to start a new official social media account, please alert the NRC through the Administrator.
  • Do not post anything that is confidential, sensitive or private.
  • Follow all applicable laws, BI Rules and NRC policies and guidelines.
  • Do not comment on injuries, schedules, officiating or any other referee information that should be kept confidential.
  • Follow all Social Media site rules.
  • Respect copyright and fair use.
  • Think twice before posting. If you wouldn’t want your boss, parents, or future employer to see your post, don’t post it.
  • Be accurate. If you make a mistake, own up and correct it quickly.
  • Be respectful. Be positive. Treat others the way you would like to be treated. It’s the Golden Rule!
  • Remember many different audiences will see your posts including, other basketball community members, kids, parents, BIHQ staff, referee committee members.
  • Be professional and polite.
  • Be authentic. Be real. Don’t sound like your selling something, the expected tone within social media sites is conversational and personal.
  • Moderate your content. Respond promptly to comments where a response is expected.
  • Remember that the Internet is permanent. Even if you delete something, it’s still out there somewhere.
  • Don’t spam. Ever. Repeated posts about something you’re selling will result in turning people off and you will lose your audience.
  • Avoid topics that may be considered objectionable or inflammatory, like politics and religion.
  • Don’t post anything that you wouldn’t say openly or in a workplace such as comments about drug use, profanity, off colour or sexual humour, ethnic slurs or personal insults.
  • Abusive Language should not be tolerated if abusive comments are posted to the social media spaces of any referee, or referee body they should be removed. It should be made clear to the commenter that their comment has been removed for this reason.
  • A difference of opinion, once expressed in a reasonable and non-abusive fashion is not sufficient reason for censoring of communications.
  • We believe in free speech, but if you post anything regarding officiating from your personal media account, be transparent and state that you are an official and be clear about your role.
  • If you post an opinion about anything relating to officiating on your own accounts, please make it clear that your post represents your OWN view and does not represent B.I., the NRC or your Area Association.
  • Understand and use the privacy settings!
  • Remember that it is your responsibility to follow NRC rules when posting content on a site or your personal web site or social media account. You should assume anything you post on your personal account could be read by officials, teams, coaches, table officials, future referees or the NRC. Be smart because you are always representing the refereeing community when it comes to these rules. Ask if you are not sure!!
  • All Officials are subject to the Code, irrespective if traveling to an appointed event outside the jurisdiction of Basketball Ireland.
  • This Code of Conduct applies to all Officials and any other support personnel selected by Basketball Ireland/NRC to represent Ireland at International Events and to any individuals participating in training clinics.
  • Officials/Representatives must remember that they are representing Ireland. They are charged with the responsibility of performing to the maximum of their ability on behalf of their country and behaving appropriately at all times.
  • Full Code of Conduct is available via for download & review.

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