Here is some helpful information on a few issues that were raised a previous meeting:
Taking and posting of photographs - There were some fantastic photos posted by teams and parents this past weekend. As part of their program registrations, players' parents have given permission for photos to be used by clubs and the OSA. Additionally, the posting of photos by individuals for non-commercial purposes (such as on social media) is legal. What we recommend is that players are not identified by surname (which is also why we suggest not putting names on jerseys for players under U17). We encourage people to share their OPDL photos and help in the promotion of the league through their club's and their own social media accounts.
- Tweet the OSA your photos: @OSA_Tweeter
Reporting of Scores - There will be no official reporting of scores for the U13 age group in OPDL. We ask that clubs also do not have results posted on their websites. We cannot stop individuals from tweeting or posting game scores to social media, but there will be no recording of these scores and no standings. Scores and standings will begin next year for the U14 age group.
We have received several inquiries about posting scores and standings for OPDL this season, and some individuals have taken it upon themselves to try to publicize this information on their own. While we appreciate the enthusiasm and support for OPDL, one of the main objectives for this year is to create a dedicated development environment where scores and standings will not be published. Beginning next year at the U14 age group there will be published scores, standings and league championships.
Please refrain from sharing scores on social media or with anyone wanting to create standings.
Also, team contacts should have received game briefings, the discipline policy as well as revised game sheets.
Stephanie J. Geosits | Director, Marketing & Communications
The Ontario Soccer Association | www.OntarioSoccer.net