USA Hockey has created and updated a collection of policies to protect its participants from all types of misconduct and abuse.  These include Sexual Abuse, Physical Abuse, Harassment, Bullying, and Hazing.  The USA Hockey SafeSport Program Handbook goes into great detail on how to identify risks and mitigate such scenarios.  All coaches, managers, and volunteers that are in close proximity to players are required to complete the SafeSport Online Training Course prior to the beginning of the season.  Renewal of the online training course is required every two years.

Locker Rooms

TBL mandates that at least one responsible adult be directly responsible for monitoring the locker room during all team events to ensure that only participants (coaches and players), approved team personnel and family members are permitted in the locker room and to supervise the conduct in the locker room. Any individual meetings between a minor participant and a coach in a locker room shall require a responsible adult be with the coach.

Further, responsible adults must personally monitor the locker room environment at all times while participants are present and also make sure the locker room is appropriately secured during times when minor participants are on the ice.  All responsible adults serving as locker room monitors should be gender correct and the co-ed locker room policy must be followed.

Cell phones and other mobile devices with picture and video capabilities present an increased risk for abuse or misconduct and are therefore not permitted.  In the event photographs or videos are requested to be taken for celebrations, parties, etc., all parties must be notified and all locker room inhabitants must be appropriately dressed prior to the device entering the room.

Co-Ed Locker Rooms

Co-ed teams players, male and female, privacy rights must be respected and appropriate arrangements must be made.  Where possible, male and female players must dress and undress in separate locker rooms.  They are permitted to convene in a single locker room prior to an event given all inhabitants are fully dressed.  After an event, players can again convene in a single locker room but must later proceed to their separate locker rooms to undress and shower.  If separate locker rooms are not available, each gender can take turns using the locker room to prepare or leave the event.  Two adults that are in compliance with the USA Hockey Screening Policy are to be present in a locker room if both genders are convening in a single locker room.

Zero Tolerance

In an effort to make ice hockey a more desirable and rewarding experience for all participants, USA Hockey instituted a Zero Tolerance Policy beginning with the 1992-93 season. This policy requires all players, coaches, officials, team officials and administrators and parents/spectators to maintain a sportsmanlike and educational atmosphere before, during and after all USA Hockey-sanctioned games.

Further details regarding these and other policies can be found on the USA Hockey website.

Tony Dos Santos

SafeSport Coordinator

Phone: (618) 531-3652

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