Code of Conduct

Player Behavior

All players are ambassadors on behalf of Southern Illinois Ice Hawks and USA Hockey, on and off the ice. We are committed to acting as a group of class individuals at the rink, when traveling to tournaments, at hotels, at other rinks, and in the locker rooms. It is the responsibility of everyone to foster a positive and enjoyable experience for all involved. 

  • There should be no stick handling in the rink lobby.
  • Phones, cameras, and/or recording devices are prohibited to be used inside locker rooms.
  • Anyone not assigned to a locker room should not be within a locker room (this includes friends and siblings of players before, during, or after games and/or practices.
  • SIIH holds a zero-tolerance for vandalism of any kind.
  • Upon identification of misconduct, the SIIH Discipline Committee will review each infraction and determine the appropriate outcome.

Parent Behavior

All parents are ambassadors on behalf of Southern Illinois Ice Hawks and USA Hockey, on and off the ice, and including social media. We are committed to acting as a group of class individuals at the rink, when traveling to tournaments, at hotels, at other rinks, and in the locker rooms. It is the responsibility of everyone to foster a positive and enjoyable experience for all involved. To create a positive environment for the development of our children, we must keep that positive attitude and remember to keep our own passion in check. 

  • Parents are responsible for supervising all children within the rink at all times.
  • Any conflicts with the club, coach(es), team manager, and/or players should be addressed in a mature and reasonable manner and escalated to the board when appropriate.
  • All parents are expected to complete SafeSport training every season to identify and prevent potential abuse.
  • Upon identification of misconduct, the SIIH Discipline Committee will review each infraction and determine the appropriate outcome.

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 Ice Hawks’ priorities. SIIH 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, SIIH adheres to the USA Hockey locker room policies. Locker room policies are designed to maintain personal privacy as well as to reduce the risk of misconduct in locker rooms. 


The Ice Hawks use various ice rinks during the season. All rinks will provide different configurations of the locker room and restroom facilities. Player locker rooms may have conjoining restrooms and/or shower areas. At arenas 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 

SIIH has predictable and limited use of locker rooms and changing areas, generally 45-60 minutes before and after ice times. Coaches are responsible for regular monitoring of locker room areas. Coaches should conduct a sweep of the locker rooms before players arrive and after player departure. If the coaches are not available, a locker room monitor may be assigned. Locker room monitors must be SafeSport certified. Monitors are posted directly outside of the locker room and should intervene when player roughhousing, hazing or verbal/physical abuse is witnessed or overheard.  

Coaches must be advised of any player misbehavior immediately. Players are expected to adhere to the USA Hockey Player Code of Conduct

Non-players in Locker Rooms 

  • It is sometimes necessary for parents to assist the players in getting dressed at the 6U & 8U levels.
  • SIIH discourages parents from entering locker rooms at the 10U and above levels. We encourage parents to teach their young players how to get dressed independently and ask a coach for help if needed. 
  • Parents, friends, or siblings are not permitted in the locker room for team meetings before or immediately after games. 
  • 6U and 8U parents will be advised when the coach has concluded the team meeting.  
  • Anyone not assigned to a locker room should not be within a locker room or touch any player's belongings (this includes friends and siblings of players before, during, or after games and/or practices).


Mixed Gender Teams 

It is important that the privacy rights of all of our players are given consideration. Any SIIH player may request a private or separate locker room. After players dress in gear, the team will gather in one locker room for the team meeting. After games, players will meet in one locker room for a post-game meeting and then proceed to separate locker rooms to remove gear. If a separate/private locker room is not available, a minimal dress policy may be instituted by the coach.


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. 


Prohibited Conduct and Reporting 

SIIH 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, parents, or volunteers 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 should be sent to the SIIH Disciplinary Committee.

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