USA Hockey has ZERO TOLERANCE for abuse and misconduct
FLRHA 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, coaches, administrators and volunteers in FLRHA 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.
LOCKER ROOM POLICY OVERVIEW
FLRHA adheres to USA Hockey’s SafeSport Program as a means to help protect its participants from physical abuse, sexual abuse, mental abuse and other types of misconduct (including emotional abuse, bullying, threats, harassment and hazing). FLRHA maintains home ice operations at the following facility; The Rink, C.R.C. The facility offers locker room for players and coaches; some of the locker room facilities have common area restrooms and shower areas. Teams in our Association also regularly travel to play games at other rinks or arenas and those locker rooms, restrooms and shower facilities will vary from location to location.
LOCKER ROOM MONITORING: FLRHA has limited and predictable use of locker rooms and changing areas (e.g., generally 30-45 minutes before and following practices and games). This allows direct and regular monitoring of locker room areas. While constant monitoring inside the locker rooms and changing areas might be the most effective way to prevent problems, FLRHA understands that this is not always feasible. FLRHA works with all the coaches or administrators to assist in creating and maintaining a safe and respectful locker room environment. FLRHA requires that all coaches & administrators that have supervisory responsibilities or access to locker room supervision be safesport certified and have a screening completed.
· Parents in Locker Rooms: Except for players at younger age groups, including but not limited to I.P. & Mites, FLRHA discourages parents from entering locker rooms. FLRHA asks that if a player needs assistance from a parent, that assistance occur outside the locker room defined area. Naturally, with the youngest age groups it is necessary for parents to assist the players in getting dressed. FLRHA encourages parents to teach their players as young as possible how to get dressed so that players will learn early how to dress correctly and independently. In circumstances where parents are allowed in the locker room (which will be indicated solely by coaches), the coaches are permitted to ask the parents to leave for a short time before the game and for a short time after the game so that coaches may address the players. As players get older, the coach may prohibit parents from the locker room.
· Mixed Gender Teams: Some FLRHA teams consist of both male & female players. It is important that the privacy rights of all players are given consideration and appropriate arrangements made. Where possible and if requested, FLRHA will have the male & female players dress/undress in separate locker rooms and then convene in a single locker room before the game or team meeting. If separate locker rooms are not available, then the players will take turns using the locker room to change (if requested by the player(s) or parent(s). FLRHA understands that these arrangements may require that players arrive earlier or leave later to dress, but that this is the most reasonable way to accommodate and respect all FLRHA players.
CELL PHONES AND OTHER MOBILE RECORDING DEVICES: Cell phones and all other mobile devices with recording capabilities, (including, but not limited to, voice recording, still photography, video recording capabilities) are not permitted in the locker rooms. This policy will be strictly enforced
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