CMHA Dressing Room Policy

Posted by CMHA Administrator on Oct 03 2014 at 05:33PM PDT in 2014-2015 season

Reminder Bulletin attached – body of bulletin is reposted here.

Coquitlam Minor Hockey Association Dressing Room Policy

Locker Room Monitoring

• Dressing Room
Players should be supervised at all times. A lone personnel member should never be in the
dressing room with players at any time, and especially when they are showering or changing: two (2) adults should be present together; which is called the “Two Deep Method” of supervision. Should separate dressing rooms be required, both dressing rooms require the appropriate adult supervision. Please refer to the BC Hockey Co-ed Dressing Room Policy.

• Injury Treatment
The safety person should avoid treating injuries out of sight of others. Use the “Two Deep Method” (two adults) supervision system.

• Road Trips
Ideally, team personnel and players should not share accommodations, regardless of the potential cost savings or other benefits. If sharing a room is unavoidable, be sure that the “Two Deep Method” rule is observed at all times.

• Physical Contact
Team personnel should avoid touching a player. Use the “Two Deep Method” (two personnel, or two players) supervision system. The comfort level and dignity of the player should always be the priority. Limit touching to “safe areas” such as hand to shoulder.

• Isolated Spaces
Parents/guardians should never leave their child unsupervised in a facility, nor should they leave their child alone with a single personnel member (use the Two Deep Method supervision system).

• Sport and Training Facilities
Participants who are minors should never be left waiting in a facility without the supervision of their parent/guardian or personnel member (use the Two Deep Method).

Parents in Dressing Rooms

Except for players at the younger age groups [Initiation, H-1 through H-4], we discourage parents from entering locker rooms unless it is truly necessary. If a player needs assistance
with his or her uniform or gear, if the player is or may be injured, or a player’s disability warrants
assistance, then we ask that parents let the coach know beforehand that he or she will be helping the player.

Naturally, with our youngest age groups it is necessary for parents to assist the players getting dressed. We encourage parents to teach their players as young as possible how to get dressed so that players will learn as early as possible how to get dressed independently. In circumstances where parents are permitted in the locker room, coaches are permitted to ask that the parents leave for a short time before the game and for a short time after the game so that the coaches may address the players. As players get older, the coach may in his or her discretion prohibit parents from a locker room. In general, parents should not enter the dressing room if the players undress to less than shorts and t shirts.

Co-Ed Dressing Room Policy

1. In all cases where members of a team include both male and female players, the following dress code will apply in the team dressing room:

a. Male players will not undress to less than a minimum of shorts while females are

Female players will not undress to less than a minimum of shorts and a tee-shirt while
males are present.

2. When separate facilities exist for both male and female participants, males and females shall make use of these separate facilities in order to change to the point that they can adhere to the co-ed dress code noted above (Note: Once dressed in accordance with the minimum requirements above, all players may return to the team [co-ed] dressing room).

3. When separate facilities do not exist for both male and female participants:

a. Players shall dress, undress and shower in shifts while maintaining the minimum dress
code noted above.

Players of the under-represented gender shall be granted access to the shower facilities
after the balance of the team.

4. It is the responsibility of the team to ensure that these guidelines are followed.

Smart Phones and Other Mobile Recording Devices

Smart phones and other mobile devices with recording capabilities, including voice recording, still cameras and video cameras, are not permitted to be used in the locker rooms. If phones or other mobile devices must be used, they should be taken outside of the locker room.

The document Dressing Room Policy was attached to this post.

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