Vancouver Female Hockey Association
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Dressing Room / Locker Room Monitoring

• Players should be supervised at all times. A lone personnel member should never
be in the dressing room with a player at any time, especially when they are
showering or changing: two (2) adults should be present together; this is called
the “Two Deep Method” of supervision.
• There shall be 2 female supervisors with players when possible. If not possible (1)
male and (1) female supervisor.

Injury Treatment

The safety person should avoid treating injuries out of sight of others. Use the
“Two Deep Method” supervision system.

Road Trips

Ideally, team personnel and players should not share accommodations, regardless
of the cost saving benefits. If sharing a room is unavoidable, be sure that the
“Two Deep Method” rule is observed at all times.

Physical Contact

Team personnel should avoid touching a player. The comfort and dignity of the
player should always be the priority. Limit touching to “safe” areas such as hand
to shoulder.

Isolated Spaces

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)

Sports and Training Facilities

Participants who are minors are not to be left waiting in a facility without the
supervision of their parent/guardian or personnel member (Two Deep Method)

Parents in Locker Rooms

• With the exception of Tyke, Novice and Atom, we discourage parents from
entering the locker rooms unless it is truly necessary. If a players needs help with
her gear, if a player is injured or may be injured, or if a player’s disability
warrants assistance, then we ask parents to 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 they will learn as early as possible how to put
on their gear independently. In circumstances where parents are permitted in the
locker room, coaches are permitted to ask parents to leave for a short time before
and after the game so coaches may address the players. As players get older, the
coach may in his or her discretion prohibit parents from a locker room. In general,
parents should not enter the dressing room if the players undress to less than
shorts and t-shirts.
• Female players will not undress to less that a minimum of shorts and a t-shirt
while males are present.

Smart Phones and Other Mobile Recording Devices

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 mobile devices must be used, they should be taken
outside of the dressing room.

Safety Rules and Regulations

• It is MANDATORY that all coaches and helpers wear helmets on the ice.
• At no time are parents/spectators allowed behind the bench. This includes during
practices. These areas are not adequately protected by glass and hence are
restricted to team or game officials only.
• Players are not permitted on the ice if there is no authorized coach or on-ice help
in attendance.
• When on the ice for practices and games, please make sure all bench doors are
closed.

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The Hockey Canada Safety Program utilizes a proactive, preventative, common sense approach to keeping our children safe. The goal of the program is for the safety people to implement effective risk management programs with their own teams where player safety is the first priority at all times, both on and off the ice.

The safety person is a volunteer who has become HCSP certified. This certification program must be successfully completed every six years in order to be a team’s safety person, even if the individual is a medical professional.

Additional information can be found at http://www.hockeycanada.ca

The safety person:

  • Must conduct regular checks of players’ equipment.
  • Is responsible for promoting proper warm up and conditioning techniques as a form of injury prevention.
  • Establishes medical history files on every player and caries these files and the team first aid kit on every outing.
  • Implements an Emergency Action Plan for the team and through this is prepared to react in the event of accidents, injuries and medical emergencies.
  • Manages all injuries, learns to recognize serious injuries and refers injured players to qualified professionals.
  • Must assume a leadership role in promoting the values of safety, fair play and integrity.

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