ATST LOCKER ROOM MONITORING POLICY
The following guidelines are designed to maintain personal privacy as well as to reduce the risk of misconduct in locker rooms and changing areas.
The following is a description of our practice and competition facilities to allow athletes and their families to plan their use:
We practice at: Totman Pool and Amherst Regional Middle School Pool.
Both locations have: A changing area that is shared with the general public. As such, there are likely to be people who are not associated with ATST in the changing area around the time of practice.
General Policy Considerations
Coaches and staff make every effort to recognize when an athlete goes to the locker room or changing area during practice and competition and, if they do not return in a timely fashion, we will check on the athlete’s whereabouts.
Locker Room Policy
ATST has predictable and limited use of locker rooms and changing areas (e.g., immediately before and following practices and meets). 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 swimmers uncomfortable and may even place our staff at risk for unwarranted suspicion. Parents are encouraged to help their young children change for practice and to move swimmers quickly out of the locker rooms.
We conduct sweeps of the locker rooms before athletes arrive and post coaches directly outside of the locker rooms whenever possible. UMass staff periodically conduct sweeps inside locker rooms as well, with women checking on female locker rooms, and men checking on male locker rooms. Locker rooms are used by non-ATST individuals. Any problem event or behavior occurring in the locker room should be reported immediately to a coach.
USE OF CELL PHONES AND OTHER MOBILE RECORDING DEVICES
Cell phones and other mobile devices with recording capabilities, including voice recording, still cameras and video cameras increase the risk for different forms of misconduct in locker rooms and changing areas. The USA Swimming Athlete Protection Policies prohibits the use of such devices in the locker room or other changing area:
305.3 Use of audio or visual recording devices, including a cell phone camera, is not allowed in changing areas, rest rooms or locker rooms.