South Shore Eagles’ 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 South Shore Eagles’ goals. South Shore Eagles 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, South Shore Eagles
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 most arenas there are number of locker rooms available for our program’s use. Each of the locker
rooms either has its own restroom and shower area or shares a restroom and shower area with one or
more locker rooms. 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. Eagles’ team organizers 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
South Shore Eagles’ 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.
In most facilities it is either not possible or impractical to secure the locker rooms during times when the
team is on the ice. Please ensure that any valuables are properly secured by a parent or guardian while
the locker rooms are unattended. The program is not responsible for any items that may be lost or
stolen at any of the facilities we utilize.
Parents in Locker Rooms
Except for players at the younger 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/ Co-ed Locker Rooms
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. The Co-ed Locker Room
policy attempts to balance the social integration and camaraderie of a team sport while providing a safe
and respectful environment for all of our participants. Most arenas that we play in do not have the
luxury of providing gender specific locker rooms. When the layout of the arena facilitate the need to
share a locker room with players of different genders the South Shore Eagles has adopted the following
1) Minimum attire policy
a. All players are required to arrive at the rink wearing their hockey base layers or shorts
and t-shirts (in good condition - no holes or tears in clothing) under their street clothes.
All members of the team must have this minimum attire before entering a co-ed locker
room so that no player of one gender has the opportunity to see players of the opposite
gender in a state of dress/undress.
b. In cases where the above is not feasible, all players should change into the appropriate
minimum attire described above in a gender specific bathroom within the facility prior
to entering a co-ed locker room. Again, the intention is that no player of one gender has
the opportunity to see players of the opposite gender in a state of dress/undress.
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.
Prohibited Conduct and Reporting
South Shore Eagles 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 South Shore Eagles 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 1-800-888-4656.