OffThePitch.ca House Rules
The views expressed in this public community Forum are those of members of the public and, unless specifically stated, not those of OffThePitch.ca. If you believe any post to be in breach of our House Rules, please contact a moderator via Personal Message. The message will then be checked as a matter of urgency.
These House Rules are in place to protect all users of OffThePitch.ca by making sure the Message Boards are safe and fun for everyone. We're committed to providing an atmosphere in which friendly and mature dialogue takes place.
About your User Name
Any User Name can be chosen, including your own name, with the following exceptions:
• You cannot use another person's name as your User Name
• Your User Name cannot contain foul language or curse words (in any language)
• Your User Name cannot be used to make a political or religious statement
• Any User Name judged to be offensive by the Administrators or Moderators will be banned
• Members are entitled to use one Forum User Name only; attempts to post with more than one User
Name will result in disciplinary action and a temporary or permanent ban of the offending individual.
About your posts
Keep your contributions civil, tasteful and relevant. Therefore:
1 No flaming - either in the Message Boards or via email or Personal Messaging to a user. Unlawful, harassing, defamatory, abusive, threatening, harmful, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, racially offensive, or otherwise objectionable material is not acceptable.
2 Be patient. Users of all ages and abilities take part in these Message Boards. Please bear in mind that many young players access the Forum, and that not all posters have English as their first language.
3 We don't allow spamming. Don't cross-post your messages to more than one discussion, or post off-topic messages.
4 Advertising is not permitted on the Message Boards. If you wish to advertise a product or service on the OSW site, please contact the Webmaster. (This includes solicitation of players or games and tryout announcements. Please use our classifieds for this purpose)
5 Posts containing languages other than English may be removed. Posts using Messenger-type chatspeak may be removed.
6 Impersonating someone else is unacceptable, as is adopting an inappropriate screen name and/or signature (one that is vulgar, offensive, etc.)
7 Please keep your posts to a reasonable length - around 500 words maximum. If you wish to post longer articles, please include “Long post” in the title/subject line of your post.
8 Do not identify by name, initials, shirt #, etc — or post personal information regarding — players, parents, coaches, club officials, referees, or any individual involved in non-professional Ontario soccer; do not spread rumours or gossip about any identifiable individual, either adult or child. (Note: issues, events or individuals that are currently subject to a club, league and/or association disciplinary hearing, or subject to a criminal investigation, are not to be discussed until the outcome of such a hearing or investigation is made public.)
9 You may not post any defamatory or illegal material of any nature in the Message Boards. This includes text, graphics, video, programs or audio. Posting a message with the intention of committing an illegal act is strictly prohibited.
10 You agree to post only materials to which you have the copyright or other permission to distribute electronically. You may not violate, plagiarise, or infringe on the rights of third parties including copyright, trademark, trade secret, privacy, personal, publicity, or proprietary rights. When quoting from a third party (e.g. ESPN or BBC), please identify the source.
11 If you're under age 18, be aware that OffThePitch.ca cannot vouch for the good intentions of every person viewing and/or contributing to the Message Boards – and that the Forum can be viewed by anyone on the Internet, without their becoming a registered user. Please get your parents' permission before taking part in any OSW discussion.
12 Never reveal any personal information about yourself (for example: your telephone number, mobile phone number, school name, home address or email address).
Breaking the House Rules
13 If you fail to abide by these House Rules, you will be formally warned by the moderators/webmaster, either by email, personal message or on the Message Board itself. This warning may include temporary suspension of your ability to participate in the Message Boards. If, after this warning, you continue to breach the Rules, you will be prohibited from using the discussions for an extended period of time or permanently.
14 OffThePitch.ca reserves the right to delete any posting, at any time, for any reason.
15 The webmaster reserves the right to read PM's in cases of alleged criminal activity or infractions of forums rules. This will only be enacted in extreme situations. For example, in the past I have received complaints of people making threats via PM, which I have investigated.