Hockey Canada New Changing Room Policy
The new changing room policy of Hockey Canada comprises The Minimum Attire Rule, Prohibition on Violent Activities in Dressing Rooms, and so on.
Hockey Canada strongly believes all participants, including players, coaches, team staff, officials, etc. have a right to access safe, inclusive, and equitable dressing spaces.
In this regard, all participants have the right to use the dressing room or appropriate dressing environment based on their gender, religious beliefs, body image concerns, or other reasons related to their personal needs.
The new Dressing Room Policy came into effect on September 12, 2023, and has the following rules included in it:
The Minimum Attire Rule
Hockey Canada has made it mandatory to wear ‘minimum attire’ at all times in a dressing room or place where more than one participant is present.
The participants are supposed to arrive at the rink wearing a base layer such as shorts, a T-shirt, a sports bra, compression shorts, and so on.
A participant who arrives at the rink without wearing a base layer shall use an appropriate space such as an empty/unused dressing room or private restroom stall, to change into the base layer.
The player then can enter the team's dressing hall with the other participants.
All coaches and team staff should act responsibly to instruct players regarding the minimum attire rule. They are encouraged to ensure that all participants comply with the 'minimum attire' policy.
Hockey Canada encourages to treat all participants equally to their coaches and team staff. Pre- and post-game talks should take place only when all participants are present in the dressing room.
Use of Showers
A participant may require privacy for different reasons, including body image, gender, chronic conditions, religious reasons, etc.
When showers are not private stalls, they should be used in a way that respects the privacy of all participants.
Participants should wear their “minimum attire" all the time, including swimwear when they are in open-concept showers.
Participants can use private restroom stalls to change out of their base layer and into their swimwear before using the shower.
Likewise, a private restroom stall can be used to dress after they have completed their shower.
Coaches and team staff should supervise the dressing room while players are showering, following the "Rule of Two."
Prohibition on Violent Activities in Dressing Rooms
Any violent conduct, including locker room boxing, bullying, or hazing is strictly prohibited in the dressing room to ensure the safety of all participants.
Coaches and team staff must ensure that such behavior won't occur in the dressing room or environments.
If a participant experiences maltreatment in violation of this policy, the player shall submit a complaint to Hockey Canada Independent Third Party.
Prohibition on Recording Devices in Dressing Rooms
Photos, videos, or voice recordings should not be done using any electronic devices with recording capabilities to respect the privacy of every participant in a dressing room or dressing environment.