USA Swimming Safe Sport Committee Best Practices for Keeping Locker Rooms Safe at Meets 

Incidents that put swimmers at risk of physical and emotional harm often take place in the locker room. Therefore, the USA Swimming Safe Sport Committee recommends that meet hosts monitor locker rooms appropriately to ensure that swimmers display acceptable and safe behavior and to protect them from potentially dangerous situations. 

Club resources, LSC support, and competition facilities themselves can vary so one size definitely does not fit all. The goal is to ensure that swimmers who use the locker room facilities or changing areas understand appropriate locker room behavior and that the locker room is preserved as a safe zone for all swimmers. With instruction and cooperation, coaches, swimmers, parents, officials, and meet volunteers can all play an important role in keeping locker rooms safe for all. 

Know the rules: 

• When planning to host a USA Swimming meet, the Meet Director should review any local ordinances and facility policies and rules that pertain to swimmers, coaches, meet volunteers, and spectators. Any relevant information should be communicated to coaches prior to the meet and should be included in the meet announcement as applicable. 

• Locker rooms and changing areas should have signs posted at all entrances indicating that the use of recording devices, including cell phones, is prohibited per USA Swimming rules. 

• Meet Referees should instruct Meet Marshals on how and when to monitor locker rooms. 

• Coaches should be aware of the locker room facilities available for their swimmers and should instruct swimmers in the safe use of those facilities prior to the meet. 

o Swimmers should be reminded that deck changing is prohibited at all times. 

o Swimmers should not be allowed to spend long periods of time in the locker rooms, before, during, or after the competition. 

o Coaches should monitor their swimmers and investigate any unusual absences. 

o Coaches concerned with any aspect of the locker room facilities or the monitoring plan should instruct their swimmers to arrive dressed to swim and depart without changing into street clothes. Parents should also be informed. 

• If swimmers with medical conditions or disabilities have applied for accommodations that affect the locker rooms or changing areas, including the attendance of a personal assistant, the Meet Director should inform the Meet Referee and Meet Marshals of all accommodations granted prior to swimmers arriving at the facilities. 

Limiting Access: 

• If at all possible, locker room access should be restricted to swimmers in the meet. A security person, Meet Marshal, or meet volunteer should be positioned outside entrances to direct non- swimmers to other bathroom or locker room facilities. Signs stating the restriction can be used