Casco Bay Hockey adheres to USA Hockey’s SafeSport Program as a means to help protect its participants from physical abuse, sexual abuse and other types of misconduct, including emotional abuse, bullying, threats, harassment and hazing. To help prevent abuse or misconduct from occurring in our locker rooms, Casco Bay Hockey has adopted the following locker room guidelines. These guidelines are designed to maintain personal privacy as well as to reduce the risk of misconduct in locker rooms.
- Locker rooms should be monitored by a coach or other responsible adult whenever in use by Casco Bay Hockey players.
- A “responsible adult” can be the coach, but it can be the team manager and/or selected team parents. Coaches have many tasks, and can’t always be in the locker room. We suggest coaches choose several parents to assist with the monitoring of locker rooms.
- Parents assisting with the monitoring of locker rooms should understand that their role is strictly supervision of the locker room. The non-coach locker room monitors are not coaches and should not attempt to be such. Incidents observed or perceived by non-coach monitors should be reported to the coach for disciplinary action and/or reporting.
- Locker room monitors should be gender correct if possible.
- Locker room monitors should not be in a locker room with only one player.
- If not inside the locker room, the coach or monitor should be posted immediately outside of the locker room to listen for anything concerning and to ensure only approved team personnel and family members are permitted in the locker room.
- Except at the younger age groups (under 10 years old), parents are discouraged from entering locker rooms unless truly necessary. We encourage parents to teach their players how to dress independently as young as possible.
- For mixed gender teams, both male and female players must be dressed in hockey base layers or shorts and t-shirts under their street clothes before entering a co-ed locker room. Alternatively, players of opposite sex may dress in separate locker rooms, when available, and reconvene fully dressed in one designated locker room 10 to 15 minutes before the game/practice. If multiple locker rooms are used, both must be monitored by a coach or volunteer locker room monitor.
- The use of mobile devices with internet and/or recording capabilities is prohibited in locker room, including cell phones and cameras.
- Alcohol, tobacco, electronic cigarettes, vaping or juuling, cigars, marijuana, and all other illegal substances, are prohibited by any person in any locker room, home or away.
- Keep the locker room clean. Discard all trash in a trash can. Leave the locker room cleaner than when you arrived.
- Players should not linger in the locker room. Do not make coaches, parents or locker room monitors wait for you to leave.
Prohibited Conduct and Reporting
Casco Bay Hockey prohibits all types of physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, bullying, threats, harassment and hazing, as described in the USA Hockey SafeSport Handbook. Participants, employees or volunteers of Casco Bay Hockey may be subject to disciplinary action for violation of these locker room policies or for engaging in any misconduct or abuse that violates the USA Hockey SafeSport Policies. Reports of any actual or suspected violations may be reported to Casco Bay Hockey’s SafeSport Director at firstname.lastname@example.org, or to USA Hockey by email at email@example.com or by phone at 1-800-888-4656.