In order to protect the privacy and safety of our players, please be advised that no males (of any age) are permitted in the dressing rooms while the players are getting changed.
For younger skaters who may require assistance in getting dressed, we ask that you assist your daughters in getting their hockey gear on before coming to the rink or outside of the change room.
If your player requires assistance tying skates, this must be done in the hallways outside of the girl’s change room. For some of our younger players, this rule may seem a little extreme given the girl’s age and ability however, this is a requirement of the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association (OWHA). As a member of the OWHA, the Flamborough Girls Hockey Association (FGHA) is mandated to follow this requirement.
OWHA Two Deep Dressing Room Policy
The OWHA Dressing Room Supervision Policy requires that when any player under the age of 19 is in the team dressing room(s) before, during and after a game, tryout or practice, a minimum of two fo the following shall be present in the dressing room(s) or immediately outside the dressing room(s) with the door ajar; two team or association officials, properly screened or one such official and an adult person, 18 years or older, associated with the team. The OWHA recommends at least one of the individuals supervising a dressing room be a female.
Dressing Room Assistance
While players are getting dressed, the FGHA requires female staff along with associated adult female(s) to be available to the players. The Two Deep policy must be adhered to in all cases. Players in younger age groups (U7, U9, U11 or U13) may require help and supervision inside the room. In those instances, at least one female staff aided by another female adult (as needed) should be available. Players in the older age groups (U15, U18, U22 and Senior) should be able to dress themselves without supervision. For those age groups, there should be female staff or an associated adult female available outside the dressing room who can check in and assist periodically. In all cases, the change room door be ajar to protect the privacy of the players while adhering to the Two Deep policy.
Coaches in Dressing Rooms
During the regular season (and playoffs), male coaches are allowed in the dressing room once the girls are dressed, subject to some additional requirements. We must practice a two deep approach, making sure there are always 2 coaches in the dressing room. While coaches are in the room (before and after games), there must be at least 1 adult female (team staff or an associated adult female as above) in attendance at all times. During this time, the girls are to be fully dressed.