UPDATE: Little League Releases Social Media Policy

Commack Little League North President Michael Campione says the policy was delivered verbally to parents in March.

Commack Little League North President Michael Campione released the policy the league presented at a March 24 meeting for all managers, coaches and team parents outlining a zero-tolerance policy for those who speak ill about the league on social media sites.

It's this policy, he said, that  after she wrote criticizing the league.

Campione later apologized and .

Campione also said he's been hit by personal attacks since the news of the banning first broke, including having his car egged.

The policy:

Notes for CNLL Meeting re Social Media/Facebook

Last year, CNLL experienced for the first time a problem with parents and players posting negative, threatening and defamatory comments on Facebook regarding the league, board members, parents, managers, coaches and fellow players. 

This is a problem that will not be tolerated this year and will be met with a swift and potentially harsh response.   

We recognize that we live in a country in which the 1st Amendment to the Constitution gives us the right to free speech. However, by voluntarily choosing to become a member of CNLL, you are obligated to abide by the League’s rules, policies and procedures as well as those of Little League Baseball, Inc. 

In this regard, please note that parents and players may be subject to discipline, including suspension or permanent termination of membership, when, in the sole reasonable opinion of the CNLL Board of Directors, the conduct of a parent or player is determined to be detrimental to the best interests of CNLL or Little League Baseball. 

Effective immediately, all managers, coaches, team parents, parents and players are placed on notice that you run the risk of immediate suspension or permanent termination of your membership if you are responsible for making disparaging, threatening, offensive, retaliatory or otherwise inappropriate comments made about the league, any board member, any parent or any player on Facebook, Twitter or any other social networking site.

Jonathan July 12, 2011 at 12:38 PM
If the shoe fits....
me July 12, 2011 at 10:03 PM
You got it all right Jonathan! They can not silence the community. The problems at cnll start with the executive board and go down. They deny everything and demand respect but have done NOTHING to earn any respect from my family!
Commackian July 13, 2011 at 01:40 PM
George, I think you're in the wrong article. lol
Commackian July 13, 2011 at 02:03 PM
While I agree that personally attacking people over social networking sites is absolutely hurtful and absurdly unproductive, this lawyer also agrees with Anthony Zumpano that the policy sounds unnecessarily (and unconstitutionally) broad and vague. While I totally understand the need for a policy in response to last year's debacle, which I hadn't heard about until you mentioned it (I don't have kids in the league) I think that this format is somewhat different and lends itself much less to personal attacks. While true "bashing" isn't helpful for either side, actual constructive criticism has its place in improving all of us. The way the current policy is laid out, however, it really sounds as if CNLL is banning any critical comments via electronic media, ever. By using a format like this, It's smart to address parents' concerns in a way that CNLL can't be accused of retaliation (because it's anonymous) and addressing it electronically (as opposed to meetings) enables them to reach more of the parents at once without having to either have lengthy meetings, which could also get heated or disseminate information through the coaches, in which the original message gets confused in the retelling. We all know that gossip can be rampant and is very often untrue or exaggerated. Here the CNLL officials have only to post it once, and naysayers cannot twist their words. It's worth considering.
Commackian July 13, 2011 at 02:18 PM
Michael, I think your attempts to bring some calm and reason to the debate are a wonderful thing and you should be commended for it. I must have missed where someone referred to you specifically as a power hungry, small-minded dictator. I think they were mostly referring to the overreaching of the "electronic bashing" policy and the banning of the blogger's kid, so unless you formulated it all by yourself and banned the boy, then I don't think anyone was actually referring to you. There is "bashing" and then there is taking any and all complaints so personally that you can't see anything but red. I don't think that you've done that, but there are definitely those in play here who seem to.


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