SafeSport Information


Binghamton Blizzard adheres to regulations set forth through USA Hockey's SafeSport. 


Blizzard Locker Room Policy
In addition to the development of our hockey players and enjoyment of the sport of hockey, the safety and protection of our participants is central to the Binghamton Blizzard Girls Hockey Association goals. Our association adheres to USA Hockey’s SafeSport Program as a means to help protect its participants from physical abuse, sexual abuse, and other types of misconduct, including emotional abuse, bullying, threats, harassment, and hazing. To help prevent abuse or misconduct from occurring in our locker rooms, the association has adopted the following locker room policy. This policy is designed to maintain personal privacy as well as reduce the risk of misconduct in locker rooms.

At the SUNY Broome Ice Center,  there are two locker rooms available for our program’s use. Each of the locker rooms has its own restroom and shower area.

At the Chenango Ice Rink, there are two of locker rooms available for our program’s use. Restroom facilities are located in close proximity of the locker rooms.

 At the Broome County Veteran’s Memorial Arena, one locker room or a curtained dressing area will be available for our program’s use.  Each of the locker rooms has its own restroom and shower area.

 

Some teams in our program may also occasionally or regularly travel to play games at other arenas, and those locker rooms, rest rooms, and shower facilities will vary from location to location. Our team organizers will attempt to provide information on the locker room facilities in advance of games away from our home ice rinks. At ice rinks for which you are unfamiliar, parents should plan to have extra time and some flexibility in making arrangements for their child to dress, undress, and shower if desired.

Locker Room Monitoring
The association has predictable and limited use of locker rooms and changing areas (generally 30 minutes before and following practices and games). This 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 some players uncomfortable and may even place our staff at risk for unwarranted suspicion.

We conduct a sweep of the locker rooms and changing areas before players arrive, and if the coaches are not inside the locker rooms, either a coach or voluntary locker room monitors (each of which has been screened) will be posted directly outside of the locker rooms and changing areas during periods of use, and leave the doors open only when adequate privacy is still possible, so that only participants (coaches and players), approved team personnel, and family members are permitted in the locker room. Team personnel will also secure the locker room appropriately during times when the team is on the ice.


Parents in Locker Rooms
Consistent with USA Hockey policy, any adults or parents who have not been specifically designated and screened as a locker room mom cannot be in or around the locker rooms at any ice rinks, except under certain circumstances for the 8U/Mites. Naturally, with our youngest age groups, it is necessary for parents to assist the players getting dressed.  However, we encourage parents to teach their players as young as possible how to get dressed independently since parents cannot otherwise enter the locker room.

If a player needs assistance with her gear, or she is injured or has a disability that warrants assistance, we ask that parents coordinate with the coach and locker room mom to locate an area away from the locker rooms to attend to the player. 

In circumstances where screened parents are permitted in the locker room, coaches may ask that the screened parents leave for a short time before the game and for a short time after the game so that the coaches may address the players.

Cell Phones and Other Mobile Recording Devices
Cell phones and other mobile devices with recording capabilities, including voice recording, still cameras, and video cameras, are not permitted to be used in the locker rooms. If phones or other mobile devices must be used, they should be taken outside of the locker room.  It may be permissible to have team manager collect phones.

Prohibited Conduct and Reporting

Our association prohibits all types of physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, bullying, threats, harassment and hazing, all as described in the USA Hockey SafeSport Handbook. Participants or volunteers in our association may be subject to disciplinary action for violation of these locker room policies or for engaging in any misconduct or abuse that violates the USA Hockey SafeSport Policies. Reports of any actual or suspected violations, you may email USA Hockey at SafeSport@usahockey.org or may call 1-800-888-4656.

Binghamton Blizzard Girls Hockey Association has assigned a trained SafeSport Coordinator, Patrick Stetson (stethom@stny.rr.com, 607-372-3181)