In addition to the development of our hockey players and enjoyment of the sport of hockey, the safety
and protection of our participants is central to ECJP goals. ECJP 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, ECJP Youth Hockey has adopted the following locker
room policy. This policy is designed to maintain personal privacy as well as to reduce the risk of
misconduct in locker rooms.
At any areana there are [number (#)] of locker rooms available for our program’s use. Each of the locker
rooms [has its own restroom [and shower area]/shares a restroom [and shower area] with one or more
locker rooms]. [if program uses multiple arenas, the same information should be included for each
arena] Some teams in our program may also occasionally or regularly travel to play games at other
arenas, and those locker rooms, rest rooms and shower facilities will vary from location to location. Rink
owners will attempt to provide information on the locker room facilities in advance of games away from
our home arena. At arenas for which you are unfamiliar, parents should plan to have extra time and
some flexibility in making arrangements for their child to dress, undress and shower if desired.
Locker Room Monitoring
ECJP hockey has predictable and limited use of locker rooms and changing areas (e.g., generally 30-45
minutes before and following practices and games). This allows for direct and regular monitoring of
locker room areas. While constant monitoring inside of locker rooms and changing areas might be the
most effective way to prevent problems, we understand that this would likely make some players
uncomfortable and may even place our staff at risk for unwarranted suspicion.
We conduct a sweep of the locker rooms and changing areas before players arrive, and if the coaches
are not inside the locker rooms, either a coach or voluntary locker room monitors (each of which has
been screened) will be posted directly outside of the locker rooms and changing areas during periods of
use, and leave the doors open only when adequate privacy is still possible, so that only participants
(coaches and players), approved team personnel and family members are permitted in the locker room.
Team personnel will also secure the locker room appropriately during times when the team is on the ice.
Parents in Locker Rooms
Except for players at the younger age groups [specific age groups], 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.
Mixed Gender Teams
Some of our teams consist of both male and female players. It is important that the privacy rights of all
of our players are given consideration and appropriate arrangements made. Where possible,
[PROGRAM] will have the male and female players dress/undress in separate locker rooms and then
convene in a single locker room before the game or team meeting. Once the game or practice is
finished, the players may come to one locker room for a team meeting and then the male and female
players proceed to their separate locker rooms to undress and shower, if available. If separate locker
rooms are not available, then the players will take turns using the locker room to change. We
understand that these arrangements may require that players arrive earlier or leave later to dress, but
believe that this is the most reasonable way to accommodate and respect all of our players.
Cell Phones and Other Mobile Recording Devices
Cell 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. [it may be permissible to have team
manager collect phones]
Prohibited Conduct and Reporting
ECJP prohibits all types of physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, bullying, threats, harassment
and hazing, all as described in the USA Hockey SafeSport Handbook. Participants, employees or
volunteers in ECJP may be subject to disciplinary action for violation of these locker room policies or for
engaging in any misconduct or abuse or that violates the USA Hockey SafeSport Policies. Reports of any
actual or suspected violations, you may email USA Hockey at SafeSport@usahockey.org or may call