SCHA Locker room policy

Sanilac County Hockey Association’s Locker Room Policy 

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 the goals of the Sanilac County Hockey Association (SCHA). SCHA 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, SCHA 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 Colleen J. Howe Arena there are several locker rooms available for our program’s use. Each of these rooms is in a common area without individual restrooms. Some teams in our program may also occasionally or regularly travel to play games at other arenas, and those locker rooms facilities will vary from location to location. 

Locker Room Monitoring 

SCHA 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. A coach or certified locker room monitor should always be in the immediate vicinity of the locker room to ensure adequate supervision of the players. Players from other teams and unscreened personnel are not permitted in the locker room. Team personnel should 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 [Learn to Play and 6U], we discourage parents from entering locker rooms unless it is truly necessary. Parents, with a current background check and verified Safesport completion on file with the association, may be in the locker room if a player needs assistance with his or her uniform or gear, is or may be injured, or has a disability that warrants assistance. Parents are expected to maintain clear and open communication with the team manager and/or coach in regards to their necessary presence in the locker room.

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, SCHA 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. 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 

SCHA 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 SCHA 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 or may call 1-800-888-4656.

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