Social media is a huge communication tool particularly for a fast-moving sport such as hockey where teams and fans can send text, pictures and videos to update a game situation or a news story a matter of seconds after it has happened.

However such a powerful communication tool does come with a duty for responsible use.

The Association has received reports about sites on social media networks such as Facebook which have been used to directly attack clubs, players and officials involved with EIHA hockey.

Anyone who is affiliated to the Association – as a player, team official, bench official, coach, administrator, match official – is reminded that social media posts can result in disciplinary action if content is found to have brought the EIHA or its clubs into disrepute.

Teams should monitor any social media channels linked directly to their official communication output – such as official club Facebook pages or Twitter accounts – as any comments on official club channels can lead to disciplinary action.  Offending posts should be moderated and/or removed.

A formal social media policy for the Association is in draft at the moment and will be published as soon as it is agreed.