Breakers Safety Policies and Procecedures

Breakers Safety Policies

  1. Minimum of One team leader per team requires a valid Hockey Canada Safety Program certification or current Hockey Canada equivalent
  2. Every team coach and assistant coach must have completed the "Speak Out" or "Respect in Sport - Coach" Certification
  3. Every team leader (Assistants, Coaches and Managers) needs to complete the Calgary Police Service records search

Please note Hockey Canada's Safety Program:
https://www.hockeyalberta.ca/coaches/clinic-information/hockey-canada-safety-program

Breakers Safety Procedures

1)  'Two-Up' Supervision
The vast majority of abuse incidents occur in isolated, one-on-one situations with a child. This procedure is intended to remove that risk by ensuring that there are always two adult supervisors in any team setting.

  • All team activities require a Two-Up policy where there are multiple adults supervising children.
  • All interactions need to be done in an area and in a manner that they can be observed and interrupted.
  • If two team representatives (coaches, assistant coaches, managers) aren’t available, then parents should remain in the area to provide backup (for instance, if kids are just arriving then at least two parents should be in the dressing room until a coach arrives, and at that time at least one parent should remain to maintain the Two-Up supervision until a second coach arrives).

This policy includes all on-ice, off-ice, and away from the rink settings (team social events, tournament hotel supervision, dressing room discussions, etc.)

 

2)  'Open-Up' Dressing Room Doors
In order to minimize opportunities for abuse, bullying or harassment, dressing room doors should remain open for the vast majority of time the kids are in the room.

For Initiation (Timbits)/Novice/Atom/Peewee:

If the coaching staff wants a closed door time for team discussions or pep-talks free from interruption, these should be kept brief and 'two-up' supervision policies and acceptable-behaviour policies must be followed.

For Bantam Teams:

As players enter older age groups there grows a challenging balance between:1) guarding the privacy of the child as they change (and later use the showers), and 2) the need for supervision to ensure there is no bullying, violence or abuse allowed. The association suggests that teams discuss this if it is an issue and adopt a shower policy where boys will be granted full privacy in the showers under the condition of a strict 'no horseplay' rule.

The Open-Door policy does not remove the need for Two-Up adult supervision. The association recommends that children not be left unattended in dressing rooms even if the door remains open.

 

3)  'Speak-Up' Communication Environment

Speak-Up so Someone Can Help

The organization will maintain a policy to deal with disclosures that prioritizes the safety of the child while respecting the privacy of the parties involved.

  • All disclosures will remain private matters between the affected parties
  • Our association will strive to maintain an atmosphere where people feel comfortable coming forward with concerns
  • Disclosures of Concern will be dealt with internally, with a committee of Hockey Board executives investigating to understand what has happened and ensuring strategies will be put in place to restore the team setting as a safe environment for the child
  • 24-hour cool-down guideline.  If something has occurred that you feel affected the safety of your child, first make certain that your child is safe, collect your thoughts, but if there is no immediate danger we recommend waiting 24 hours before contacting the safety coordinator or age group coordinators
  • Disclosures of Abuse will be dealt with by suspending the suspect from team activities, ensuring strategies are in place to restore a safe environment, and forwarding the disclosure to the appropriate community resources.  Calgary Child and Family Services will be notified with the goal that they take over any investigation and involve Calgary Police resources as appropriate

Parents play the greatest role in establishing safe practices for their child and also establishing an environment that facilitates open and quick disclosures if anything goes wrong.

  • The association will strive to deal with safety issues parents have.  If you have concerns please talk with us
  • Keeping your children safe requires having conversations with them. Parents, please make sure your children understand the issues that will keep them safe: understanding boundaries; recognizing red flags; removing barriers to communication

Recommended Procedures

Under Review for Formal Adoption

1)  Cell Phones in Dressing Rooms

The Association is reviewing a cell phone ban in the change areas for formal adoption. In the mean time teams are encouraged to develop their own policy that reflects the concern for privacy and the need to protect children from online bullying and abuse.

Proposed Safety Procedure - Ban of Cell Phones in Dressing Rooms
"Due to the potential for cellular phones to be used as a photographic device, their use is prohibited in all restrooms and locker room areas.  Patrons may use cellular phones in other areas but must adhere to restrictions regarding photography and videotaping.  If a player's family requests that their child keep a phone for a legitimate reason, the phone should be turned off while in the dressing room and/or the team should make use of a bucket or bag to keep the phones safe until after the ice time."

2)  Locking Dressing Rooms during Ice Times
The Association recommends that all teams lock their dressing rooms during ice times. A number of thefts have occurred at the facility and leaving valuables unlocked and unattended is an unsafe practice.