LOCKER ROOM BEST PRACTICES 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

Lancaster Aquatic Club practices at both Franklin & Marshall College and the Phoenix Academy.  The locations have locker rooms and changing areas that are shared with the School District of Lancaster and Franklin & Marshall College patrons and at times the general public.  Such access means there are multiple groups utilizing the space simultaneously creating the need for LAC athletes to be respectful of others' privacy.  LAC athletes must be diligent in the locker room areas to protect all teammates from any inappropriate conduct.  The purpose of this policy is to highlight our team’s character and implement a set of best practices to help protect our athletes, coaches, and parents. 

BEST PRACTICES

  • First and foremost, LAC athletes should understand personal accountability and the expectation of being a Lancaster Aquatic Club team member is always about maintaining a high level of personal character.  The use of poor language, inappropriate discussions and general roughhousing in the locker room is unacceptable.  Please notify a coach, LAC Board member, or LAC parent to report any violations. No LAC athlete may leave practice without permission from a coach. (See General Policy Considerations below.)

  • No LAC athlete should be in the locker room alone at any time unless absolutely necessary.  

  • LAC athletes should read and adhere to LAC, F&M, and/or Phoenix Academy rules, regulations, and policies.

  • LAC athletes must be aware of the other patrons utilizing the locker room and report to the coach, LAC Board member, or LAC parent any concerning or inappropriate behavior.

  • LAC athletes should shower and dress quickly avoiding time spent without cover in front of mirrors or in front of others.  LAC will also help facilitate the ability for swimmers to use the locker room for a “pass-through only”.

  • Parents should not enter the locker room unless absolutely necessary and then with conditions. (See below for General Policy Considerations.)

GENERAL POLICY CONSIDERATIONS

Coaches make every effort to recognize when an athlete goes to the locker room or changing area during practice and, if they do not return in a timely fashion, we will check on the athlete’s whereabouts. A swimmer leaving the water for the locker room or changing area must ask the coach first. It is impossible to record these instances, but this request allows for better awareness.

Parents should not enter the locker rooms unless it is truly necessary. In those instances, it should only be a same-sex parent entering from the hallway and entry should only be to the point where inquiry can be made as to the progress of the swimmer—typically a few feet inside the door. Please remain close to the door in order to respect swimmers’ privacy. An opposite-sex parent needs to ask another parent to check on his/her child. If this is not an option, then the parent should let the coach know about this in advance, allow the coach to announce him or herself and allow swimmers to gather things to maintain their privacy. Following this announcement and a brief period, the coach and opposite-sex parent can enter the locker room but only for the limited, specific purpose (and time needed) for which they entered.

CELL PHONES AND OTHER RECORDING DEVICES

LAC prohibits the use of mobile devices with recording capability in locker rooms.

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 Minor Athlete Abuse Protection Policies prohibit the use of such devices in the locker room or another changing area

305.3 Use of audio or visual recording devices, including a cell phone camera, is not allowed in changing areas, restrooms or locker rooms.