LOCKER ROOM SUPERVISION
AHAI and USA Hockey are concerned with locker room activities between minor players; minor players and adult players; adults being alone with individual minor players in locker rooms; and with non-official or non-related adults having unsupervised access to minor participants at sanctioned team events. It is the policy of AHAI and USA Hockey and USA Hockey InLine that all Affiliates, Districts, leagues, and local hockey programs have at least one responsible adult present directly 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. Any individual meetings with a minor participant and a coach in a locker room shall require a responsible adult be with the coach. Further, responsible adults must personally monitor the locker room environment at all times while participants are present and also make sure the locker room is appropriately secured during times when minor participants are on the ice.
CO-ED LOCKER ROOM POLICY
It is not acceptable under USA Hockey/AHAI By-Laws, Policies on Physical and Sexual Abuse for members to be observing the opposite gender while they dress/undress. In order to provide an enjoyable and safe experience for all players, please make certain that proper adult supervision is present in locker room settings at all times, including the provision for having more than one adult supervisor present in the locker room, and arrange to provide supervisors who are of the same sex as the children they are to protect. (In the locker room means actually being inside the locker room and/or standing right outside, not at the concession stand or somewhere nearby in the lobby area).
Please follow these Coaching Ethics Guidelines:
- Where possible, have the male and female players undress/dress in separate locker rooms; then convene in a single dressing room to hold the coach’s pre-game meeting;
- Once the game is finished, hold the coach’s post-game meeting; then have the male and female players proceed to their separate dressing rooms to undress and shower.
- In those cases where separate facilities are not available, have one gender enter the locker room and change into their uniforms. That gender would then leave the locker room, while the other gender enters the locker room and gets dressed. Both genders would then assemble in the locker room and hold the coach’s pre-game meeting.
- Following the game and the coach’s post-game meeting, where separate facilities are not available, the second gender group enters the locker room and undresses/ showers, while the first group waits outside until they have undressed/shower and left the room. Once the second group leaves, the first group enters the locker room and undresses/showers. This should be done on a rotating basis (taking turns) so neither gender is always last to dress/undress and shower. Taking turns is a means of reasonable accommodation so neither gender group is favored. Reinforce to all players, coaches, officials, volunteers and parents at the beginning of each season at your organization’s parents meetings that your organization takes this issue seriously and has adopted a fair locker room policy.