Dressing Rooms and Arrival Times…
There are attendants at most of the arenas and dressing room doors are not generally locked so you should not leave valuables in the dressing rooms. This is especially true of cell phones, iPods, watches and jewellery.
Men (including fathers, guardians and staff) are strictly forbidden from entering the dressing rooms for any reason except for male coaches and trainers who may enter for the final 10 minutes prior to each game, or 5 minutes post game, to do their line-up, a lesson or a chalk-talk [once the all-clear has been given by a women in attendance]. Care must be taken to ensure all players are dressed prior to entering the dressing room. The “2-Deep” rule must be observed at all times, i.e. no adult (male or female) should ever be alone in the dressing room with the players.
Girls who are ready early will be asked to come out of the dressing rooms to have their Dad’s tie their skates as appropriate.
This policy is mandatory and non-negotiable, at the Atom division and up, a players personal awareness of their privacy and changing must be respected, not only for individual players, but all of the team.
If your daughter is new to hockey or otherwise needs helps dressing you may wish to bring her to the arena dressed in her hockey equipment (except for skates which they put on at the arena) – whatever works best for you. However, there will be no exceptions to the rule. There are no men in the dressing rooms.
Players should arrive in plenty of time to get ready. Coaches may ask all non-players to leave the dressing room for the final 10 minutes prior to each game in order to do a lesson, “chalk-talk” or otherwise prepare the players for the game. The coaches may also ask for a few minutes with the players only following the game for comments and cheers. If a player arrives late and cannot be dressed 10 minutes prior to the game, the coach may ask the player to dress in the washroom or otherwise wait until they have spoken to the team prior to the game.