Locker rooms, restrooms, and changing areas are places that youth players are particularly vulnerable as there is generally less adult supervision than at other times and places. Strict adherence to locker room policy enhances privacy, safety, and reduces the likelihood of misconduct. Bullying, hazing, abuse and harassment can be greatly minimized with the presence of a responsible adult in these areas. All local programs shall have a locker room policy published and available to parents of all minor participants that is specific to the facilities they regularly use. The policy shall at least include:
-Practices for supervision and monitoring of locker rooms and changing areas. All USA member programs must have at least one responsible screened adult (Locker Room Monitor) present to monitor the locker room or changing area. Individual meetings between a minor and a coach in a locker room or changing area requires the presence of a second screened adult.
-Permission or lack of permission for parents to be in the locker rooms.
-Prohibited conduct, including at least all forms of abuse and misconduct prohibited by USA Hockey
-Specific policies for the use of mobile electronic devices and phones and prohibiting the use of a device's recording capabilities.
For each team, the coach(s) and or team administration shall be responsible for compliance with the Locker Room Policy supervision requirements. Failure by a coach or administrator to take appropriate steps to ensure adherence to the Locker Room Policy, or violation thereof by any participant or parent of a participant is subject to appropriate disciplinary action. It should also be noted that a local program may at its discretion adopt stricter policies than those defined by USA Hockey or Minnesota Hockey, but in no case may said policy be less strict.
Through the SafeSport initiative, Minnesota Hockey and USA Hockey are determined to create the safest possible environment for all of our participants. We greatly appreciate everyone's cooperation and diligence in carrying out these policies, and will be vigilant in ensuring and enforcing compliance with them. Please do not hesitate to contact Scott Gray with questions or concerns.
No recording devices should be allowed in locker rooms
Minnesota Hockey and USA Hockey are committed to player safety both on and off the ice. SafeSport policies help protect participants from potential abuse and misconduct.