Playerocity's Privacy Security Best Practices


Opening Statement

Welcome to Playerocity, an interactive web-based solution connecting youth soccer players with recruiters and college coaches to reach that next playing level of competition. Playerocity opens membership to youth soccer players, club coaches, college coaches, recruiters, team administrators, parents, friends, family, and alumni to support the process of player promotion and scholarship, operated by Playerocity.com (“Playerocity”). As we provide the tools for our website participants (“members”) to achieve their goals, personal information is obtained and used for participants to work together and expand their network. Each individual Playerocity member controls what is in his or her profile and can control how other participants, coaches, and Playerocity staff communicate with them.

Playerocity respects your privacy and is committed to following federal and state privacy laws and industry guidelines in order to protect the identity of users on our website. These users are anyone that: (1) browses Playerocity.com without registering for a membership (a “guest”); (2) registers with Playerocity as a “member” creating a membership account. The term “user” refers to a guest or a member of Playerocity. We strive to provide a safe, secure, and enjoyable user experience. This Privacy & Security Best Practices describes the manner in which we handle personal information that users provide on each page of the website that of our affiliates (collectively, the ‘website’) and does not apply to information we obtain in any other way or to third-party sites that me be accessible from the website.  

This agreement was written in English (US). To the extent that any translated version of this agreement conflicts with the English version, the English version controls.

This Privacy & Security Best Practices is incorporated into and a part of the website’s Terms of Use. Please be sure to read this Privacy & Security Best Practices before using the website or submitting information to Playerocity. Our Privacy & Security Best Practices may change when necessary, and will be updates as needed. Your continued use of the website signifies your acceptance of such changes so please be sure to check this area periodically for updates.


Collection and Use of Information in General

To create an account with Playerocity, we may request personally identifiable information, such as your name, email address, gender, address, phone number, contact information, birth date, high school information, club information, and any other information from which your identity is discernible. We may collect information such as academics, interests, soccer accomplishments, team associations, and other information pertinent to personal profiles. You may have the option to provide descriptive, cultural, behavioral, and lifestyle information about yourself. We will not collect any personally identifiable information about you unless you voluntarily provide it. We only request information that is necessary to ensure that your child, player, or other member can effectively join and participate in Playerocity programs, and do not solicit any user for the disclosure of more information than is reasonably necessary. If you provide such information about yourself, you are thereby consenting to the use of that information in accordance with the policies and practices described in this Privacy & Security of Best Practices. If you choose to register as a member of Playerocity, you may be prompted to give both personal and demographic information during the registration process. We may review all provided information and use public information to enable other users to find your profile. If you opt not to register with Playerocity website, you can still visit the website as a guest but you will not be able to access certain areas of the website and will be denied certain visibilities. Your contact information will be used for the purpose in which you supplied it during registration and creation of profiles to send you related support notices, promotional materials such as newsletters and scholarship updates, and to respond to your comments or requests for information. You may modify or remove your personal information at any time by logging into your account and accessing features such as ‘Edit Profile’ and ‘Account Settings’.

Collection and Use of Personal Information Regarding Children


We want to inform parents and legal guardians about how we collect, use, and disclose personal information from children less than 13 years of age and the necessary consent of parents and/or legal guardians for children less than 13 years of age to use our website.  

The term “children” refers to any individual under the age of 13. Children can surf the main pages of Playerocity and view content without Playerocity collecting any personal information. The website is not intended for children under 13 years of age, only beginning with the U15 age group. Under special and rare circumstances are children under the age of 13 allowed to make an account, only with written parental consent. However, only when an individual signs up for a ‘Player Account’ within the website will basic information (name, email address, graduation year, jersey number, gender, parent contact information, and coach contact information) will be tracked. We collect gender for division in certain groups and graduation year for college recruitment policies. The bulk of information collected occurs during registration and profile creation; however, parents should be aware that their children may provide additional information to fully participate in certain programs, such as scholarship searches, CAP, Juggling Club, etc.  

Children between the ages of 13-18 (still considered minors) are responsible for obliging with the general collection and use of personal information practices. Parents, coaches, and team administrators have access to view their player’s profiles, including special permissions to monitor College Lists, correspondences with recruiters and coaches, view college notes, and see account activity.

Website Usage and Analysis

We may also collect certain information about your use of the website, such as pages visited, duration of visit, hardware and software used to access the website, and amount of clicks, among other analysis information. This information may include your IP address, browser type, domain name, access times, and referring websites. Website usage informs us about how our visitors and members use and navigate our web pages. We may use cookies, which are small text files that a website may cause to be stored on your personal computer, and read back later by the website's server. Cookies may be used to track your usage of websites. You may disable cookies in your browser, or cause your browser to warn you of any cookies a website may try to store in your personal computer. Advertisers on any website may also use cookies. Since we do not control those websites, we encourage you to review their policies. If you have any questions about the data collection practice of advertisers, please contact those companies directly.

Posting to Public Areas

By participating with Playerocity, users consent and grant to Playerocity the right and permission to use and permit others to use member’s video, audio, biographies, and other soccer related events for the purpose of highlighting individuals and teams for their achievements, awards, scholarships, and other accomplishments. Please remember that any information you post in public areas of the website, such as message boards and other public forums, such information may be collected and used by others over whom we have no control. You are responsible for the content that you publish or display (“post”) on the website or transmit to other users. This User Content is posted on the website at your own risk. While we limit access to certain pages and visibility, please be aware that no security system is perfect or impenetrable. We are not responsible for the use made by third parties of information you post or otherwise make available in public areas of the website. We cannot control the actions of other users with whom you choose to share your profile, pages, or other information with. Therefore, we cannot and do not guarantee that the User Content you post on the website will not be viewed by unauthorized persons. We are not responsible for the breach of any security measure or privacy setting contained on the website. Playerocity does not have control over the privacy policies applied by any third party that you may disclose information to. Third party sites that are linked to from our website are not under control of Playerocity and we are not responsible for their content or privacy policies. By use of Playerocity website, you signify that you understand and acknowledge that, even after removal, copies of User Content may remain viewable in cached and archived pages or if other users and/or views have copied or stored your User Content. Please be advised that you are responsible for what you post. Please read the Social Networking Tips section of this Privacy & Security Best Practices for useful tips.

Any improper collection or misuse of information provided on the Website is a violation of the Playerocity Terms of Use and should be reported to support@playerocity.com.. If you see something on the Playerocity website that you believe violates our terms, please report it to us. Please bear in mind that reporting a piece of content does not guarantee that it will be removed from the site, however, we will take every report under serious consideration. 

Changes in our Privacy & Security Best Practices

Playerocity has reserved the right to change our Privacy & Security Best Practices at any time as we see fit and/or necessary. If we make significant changes, we will post them and will indicate at the top of this page the Privacy & Security Best Practices’ new effective date. We encourage you to refer to this page from time to time to ensure that you understand our current Privacy and Security Best Practices. Unless otherwise stated, our Privacy & Security Best Practices applies to all information that we have about you and your account.


Social Networking Safety Tips – Especially For Children



Due to the current environment with social networking sites and the internet in general, we have put together the below guidelines for safely using social networking sites.

  1. Help your kids understand what information should be private. Tell them why it's important to keep some things, about themselves, family members and friends to themselves. Information like their full name, Social Security number, street address, phone number, and family financial information, like bank or credit card account numbers, is private and should stay that way. Tell them not to choose a screen name that gives away too much personal information.
  2. Use privacy settings to restrict who can access and post on your child's website. Some social networking sites have strong privacy settings. Show your child how to use these settings to limit who can view their online profile, and explain to them why this is important.
  3. Explain that kids should post only information that you, and they, are comfortable with others seeing. Even if privacy settings are turned on, some or even all of your child's profile may be seen by a broader audience than you're comfortable with. Encourage your child to think about the language used in a blog, and to think before posting pictures and videos. Employers, college admissions officers, team coaches, and teachers may view your child's postings. Even a kid's screen name could make a difference. Encourage teens to think about the impression that screen names could make.
  4. Remind your kids that once they post information online, they can't take it back. Even if they delete the information from a site, older versions may exist on other people's computers and be circulated online.
  5. Know how your kids are getting online. More and more, kids are accessing the Internet through their cell phones. Find out about what limits you can place on your child's cell phone. Some cellular companies have plans that limit downloads, Internet access, and texting; other plans allow kids to use those features only at certain times of day.
  6. Talk to your kids about bullying. Online bullying can take many forms, from spreading rumors online and posting or forwarding private messages without the sender's OK, to sending threatening messages. Tell your kids that the words they type and the images they post can have real-world consequences. They can make the target of the bullying feel bad, make the sender look bad, and, sometimes, can bring on punishment from the authorities. Encourage your kids to talk to you if they feel targeted by a bully.
  7. Talk to your kids about avoiding sex talk online. Recent research shows that teens who don't talk about sex with strangers online are less likely to come in contact with a predator.
  8.  If you're concerned that your child is engaging in risky online behavior, you can search the blog sites they visit to see what information they're posting. Try searching by their name, nickname, school, hobbies, grade, or area where you live.
  9. Tell your kids to trust their gut if they have suspicions. If they feel threatened by someone or uncomfortable because of something online, encourage them to tell you. You can then help them report concerns to the police and to the social networking site. Most sites have links where users can immediately report abusive, suspicious, or inappropriate online behavior.
  10. Read sites' privacy policies. Spend some time with a site's privacy policy, FAQ’s, and parent sections to understand its features and privacy controls. The site should spell out your rights as a parent to review and delete your child's profile if your child is younger than 13.

Many of the tips above apply for pre-teens, but parents of younger children also can:

- Take extra steps to protect younger kids. Keep the computer in an open area like the kitchen or family room, so you can keep an eye on what your kids are doing online. Use the Internet with them to help develop safe surfing habits. Consider taking advantage of parental control features on some operating systems that let you manage your kids' computer use, including what sites they can visit, whether they can download items, or what time of day they can be online.
- Go where your kids go online. Sign up for and use the social networking spaces that your kids visit. Let them know that you're there, and help teach them how to act as they socialize online.
- Review your child's friends list. You may want to limit your child's online “friends” to people your child actually knows and is friendly with in real life.

Understand sites' privacy policies. Sites should spell out your rights as a parent to review and delete your child's profile if your child is younger than 13. To learn more about staying safe online, visit: www.onguardonline.com or www.ftc.gov.


Social Networking Safety Tips - Digital Standards & Protections

All Playerocity users (members and guests) utilize the “digital world” for communication; it is instant, constant and global. Daily, mobile applications, texting, photo and video messaging, telecommunications, email, instant messaging, and Internet are utilized daily. These every day forms of communication pose risks to the security and privacy of its users.  

You should consider adapting these general practices into habit to minimize risk between players and coaching staff:
•    Coaches and team representatives should only use text messages on issues that are soccer related.  
•    Coaches and team representatives’ cell phone use with players should be minimal and only used for team business when it is necessary.
•    Players should advise their parents of calls being received that are more than soccer related communications.
•    Parents should occasionally check their player’s cell phone records to identify the numbers and time of day called.  Any calls made at abnormal times should be discussed with their player.  

Safety Barriers should also be established for email use:
•    Coach and team representatives should utilize group emails where possible.
•    At times when appropriate and necessary, parents should also be copied.

How to Contact Playerocity

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about this Privacy & Security Best Practices or about the information on this website, please contact us on our Support Forum or via email at: support@playerocity.com.

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