Players should be supervised at all times. A lone personnel member should never be in the dressing room with players at any time, and especially when they are showering or changing: two (2) adults should be present together; which is called the “Two Deep Method” of supervision. Should separate dressing rooms be required, both dressing rooms require the appropriate adult supervision. Please refer to the BC Hockey Co-ed Dressing Room Policy.
The safety person should avoid treating injuries out of sight of others. Use the “Two Deep Method” (two adults) supervision system.
Recommend that when using the “Two-Deep Method” with female hockey teams, there shall be 2 female supervisors with the players where possible. If not possible there may be one (1) male and one (1) female supervisor. The male supervisor however, would not enter the dressing room but would be within hearing distance to protect supervisors or players. Please refer to the BC Hockey Co-ed Dressing Room Policy for dressing room dress codes on Co-ed teams.
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. Team parent meetings at the beginning of the year will establish guidelines for this, as teams and coaches may vary.
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.
Ideally, team personnel and players should not share accommodations, regardless of the potential cost savings or other benefits. If sharing a room is unavoidable, be sure that the “Two Deep Method” rule is observed at all times.
JdFMHA recommends that our Midget age players do not drive themselves to and from games or practices. One reason being the case if a player is injured and in need of medical attention or non-emergency transportation, there will be a fully licensed driver there for the player. If your son/daughter must drive themselves to practice or games then it is the JdFMHA policy that they are NOT allowed to transport any other player.
Team personnel should avoid touching a player. Use the “Two Deep Method” (two personnel, or two players) supervision system. The comfort level and dignity of the player should always be the priority.
Parents/guardians should never leave their child unsupervised in a facility, nor should they leave their child alone with a single personnel member (use the Two Deep Method supervision system).
Participants who are minors should never be left waiting in a facility without the supervision of their parent/guardian or personnel member (use the Two Deep Method).
Smart 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.