Princeton Youth Hockey Association 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 PYHA’s goals. PYHA 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, PYHA 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. PYHA books ice at several local rinks at various times throughout the season:
- At Baker Rink there are two locker rooms available for our program’s use. Each of the locker rooms has its own restroom and shower area.
- At Proskate there are eight locker rooms available for our program’s use. Each of the locker rooms has its own restroom and shower area.
- At Iceland there are eight locker rooms available for our program’s use. Each of the locker rooms has its own restroom and shower area.
- At Princeton Day School there are four locker rooms available for our program’s use. Each of the locker rooms shares a restroom shower area with an adjoining locker room.
- Our teams will also travel to play games at other arenas, and those locker rooms, rest rooms and shower facilities will vary from location to location.
Locker Room Monitoring
PYHA has predictable and limited use of locker rooms and changing areas, 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.
Before and after practices, coaches will be posted directly inside of the locker rooms to supervise the team while putting on their skates. On game days, if not inside the locker room, a coach must be posted directly outside of the room 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. There should always be a minimum of 2 coaches or other approved (appropriately screened ) team personnel in a locker room when players are present.
Team personnel will also secure the locker room appropriately during times when the team is on the ice.
Parents in Locker Rooms
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, PYHA 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. For practices, the referee’s change room (Baker, PDS) or additional locker room (Proskate, Iceland) is generally available for female players to dress. For games, additional private change room availability will be at the discretion of the rink staff.
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
PYHA 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 PYHA 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 the PYHA Safe Sport Coordinator at