Locker Room Policy

SKY Family YMCA Hurricanes Swim Team Locker Room Policy

PURPOSE The following guidelines are designed to maintain personal privacy as well as to reduce the risk of misconduct in locker rooms and changing areas.

FACILITIES The following is a description of our practice and competition facilities to allow athletes and their families to plan their use: We practice at the Venice Family YMCA. This location has 2 changing areas. One is shared with the general public (inside the YMCA) and the other (pool side) is only for swim team use. As such, there are likely to be people who are not associated with SKY Hurricanes in the changing area, inside the YMCA, around the time of practice.

Swimmers are encouraged to arrive prepared to swim, but if they need to change the use of the pool side locker rooms is recommended. If swimmers need parental assistance to change, they must use the general locker rooms inside the YMCA.

Use of the bathrooms, pool side, during practice and competitions is recommended.

MONITORING General Policy Considerations Coaches and staff make every effort to recognize when an athlete goes to the locker room\changing area, pool side, during practice and competition and, if they do not return in a timely fashion, we will check on the athlete’s whereabouts.

Parents are prohibited from entering locker rooms/changing areas, pool side unless it is truly necessary. In those instances, it should only be a same-sex parent. If this is necessary, parents should let the coach or administrator know about this in advance.

If an athlete needs assistance with his or her uniform or gear (for example, a child under the age of eight), or an athlete’s disability warrants assistance, then we ask that parents let the coach, or an administrator know beforehand that he or she will be helping the athlete.

The recommended use of the pool side locker room/changing room 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 swimmers uncomfortable and may even place our staff at risk for unwarranted suspicion.

We [Staff, coach, parent, other adult] conducts regular sweeps inside locker rooms as well, with women checking on female locker rooms, and men checking on male locker rooms.

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 prohibit 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.

Misconduct in either of the locker rooms/changing rooms will not be tolerated. Misconduct can be described as vandalism, bullying, loudness, profanity and any action by anyone that is unwanted and is against the USA Swimming Athlete Protection Policies. Any and all reports of misconduct should be immediately reported to a trusted adult (Coach, Staff, Parent, other Adult).