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Locker Room Supervision

It is the policy of Hyde Park Youth Hockey that all Hyde Park Youth Hockey programs must have at least one responsible screened adult (which may include coaches, managers or other volunteers) present monitoring the locker room during all team events to assure that only participants (coaches and players), approved team personnel  and  family  members  are  permitted  in  the  locker  room  and  to  supervise  the  conduct  in  the  locker  room.  Acceptable locker room monitoring could include having locker room monitors inside the locker room while  participants are in the locker room, or could include having a locker room monitor in the immediate vicinity  (near the door within arm’s length and so that the monitor can sufficiently hear inside the locker room) outside  the locker room that also regularly and frequently enters the locker room to monitor activity inside. If the  monitor(s) are inside, then it is strongly recommended that there be two monitors, both of which have been screened.  A program or  team  may  impose  or  follow  stricter  monitoring  requirements.  Any  individual  meetings between a minor participant and a coach or other adult in a locker room shall require that a second  responsible adult is present. The responsible adult that monitors and supervises the locker room shall have been screened in compliance with USA Hockey's Screening and Background Check Program. Hyde Park Youth Hockey will work with our teams and coaches to adequately ensure that locker room monitors are in place at all appropriate times.

Further, responsible adults must also secure the locker room appropriately during times when minor participants  are on the ice.


It shall be permissible for a program or team to prohibit parents from a locker room. However, in doing  so the team shall be required to have properly screened adults monitoring and supervising the locker room  as required above. With younger players, it is generally appropriate to allow parents to assist the player with getting equipment on and off before and after games or practices and they should be allowed in the locker room to do so.

Cell  phones  and  other  mobile  devices  with  recording  capabilities,  which  includes  voice  recording,  still  cameras, and video cameras, increase the risk for some forms of abuse or misconduct. As a result, the use of  a mobile device’s recording capabilities in the locker rooms is not permitted at any Hyde Park Youth Hockey event, provided that it may be acceptable to take photographs or recordings in a locker room in such unique circumstances as a victory celebration, team party, etc., where all persons in the locker room are appropriately dressed and have been advised that photographs or recordings are being taken. 


For each team, the coach and/or team administrators shall be responsible for compliance with the locker room  supervision requirements of this Policy. A coach and/or team administrator that fails to take appropriate steps  to ensure the Locker Room Policy is adhered to, and any Hyde Park Youth Hockey participant or parent of a participant who otherwise violates this Policy is subject to appropriate disciplinary action. 

 

Co-Ed Locker Rooms

As a team sport in which youth teams can often include both male and female players, special circumstances may exist that can increase the chance of abuse or misconduct. If the team consists of both male and female  players, both female and male privacy rights must be given consideration and appropriate arrangements made.  It is not acceptable under Hyde Park Youth Hockey Sexual Abuse Policy for persons to be observing the opposite gender while they dress or undress. There are a variety of ways to comply with the above tenets, and what works may  depend  on  the  locker  rooms  that  are  available  at  a  particular  facility.  Where  possible,  the  male  and  female  players  should  undress/dress  in  separate  locker  rooms  and  then  convene  in  a  single  dressing  room  prior  to  the game or team meeting. Once the game is finished, the players may come to one locker room and then the male and female players proceed to their separate dressing rooms to undress and shower (separately), if  available. If separate locker rooms are not available, then the genders may take turns using the locker room to change and then leave while the other gender changes. When separate locker rooms are used, both locker  rooms  must  be  properly  monitored.  Where  possible,  when  both  male  and  female  players  are  together  in  the locker room, there should be at least two adults in the locker room that have been properly screened in  compliance with USA Hockey Screening Policy.