Parent Volunteer Roles

 Spectator Behavior Monitor (SBM)


From the 2020-21 USA Hockey Zero Tolerance Policy:

Parents/Spectators
Parents are expected to be a positive role model by treating all players, coaches,officials and fellow spectators with respect and support. The game will be stopped by game officials when parents/ spectators displaying inappropriate and disruptive behavior interfere with other spectators or the game. The game officials will identify violators to the coaches for the purpose of removing parents/ spectators from the spectator’s viewing and game area. Once removed, play will resume. Lost time will not be replaced, and violators may be subject to further disciplinary action by the local governing body.

This inappropriate and disruptive behavior shall include:
1) Use of obscene or vulgar language in a boisterous manner to anyone at any time.
2) Taunting of players, coaches, officials or other spectators by means of baiting,ridiculing, threat of physical violence or physical violence.
3) Throwing of any object in the spectators viewing area, players bench, penalty box or onice surface directed in any manner as to create a safety hazard.

USA Hockey strongly recommends that each local youth hockey registered team designate a volunteer to serve as a parent/spectator monitor during all team games. This monitor will, ideally, address inappropriate spectator behavior prior to the situation escalating to the point it has an impact on the game. This designated monitor shall have the full support of the youth hockey association and the arena management to remove any spectator in violation of the Zero Tolerance Policy.

NYSAHA & West Section & WNYAHL have made this mandatory.

Who can be a Spectator Behavior Monitor (SBM)?

Any adult (19 and over) affiliated with the Team.  Head Coaches, Assistant Coaches and Managers should not be the Spectator Behavior Monitor although they should assist and support this parent volunteer. Spectator Behavior Monitor's must register with USA Hockey as a Manager/Volunteer (free), take the online SafeSport Training (free) and be screened every other season (cost is reimbursable and is submitted as part of the Team Staff reimbursement process identified under RESOURCES tab "Manager Resources"

Locker Room Monitor (LRM)


USA Hockey Policy

“It is the policy of USA Hockey that all Affiliates, Districts, leagues, and local hockey programs have at least one responsible adult present directly monitoring the locker room during all team events to assure that only participants, (coaches and players), approved team personnel and family members are permitted in the locker room and to supervise the conduct in the locker room.”


Note no Team Staff member should ever be alone in a Locker Room with a player who is not their own child.  The Locker Room Monitor or another Coach can be the second adult at any meeting needed with a player.  The Locker Room Monitor should also be on call to escort injured or ejected players to the Locker Room until a parent can be summoned.

LRM's are not required to continuously be in the Locker Room before/after games and practices but are to be close by and actively supervising by periodically and randomly entering to ensure activities such as pictures and inappropriate behavior do not occur.  Some teams may elect to collect all phones and other devices at the door of the locker room and have the Locker Room Monitor keep them safe until after the practice or game.  This is a team decision reached jointly by parents and the coaching staff.

For 2020-21: Locker Room Monitors will help coaches and managers ensure all players maintain appropriate social distancing before/after practices & games while Locker Rooms are not available.  When/if Locker Rooms are allowed to be used, the LRM will monitor the number of personnel in the locker room and keep player/staff counts under the capacity limits.


Who can be a Locker Room Monitor (LRM)?

Any gender appropriate adult (19 and over) affiliated with the Team.  Head Coaches, Assistant Coach and Managers should not be the Locker Room Monitor since the purpose of the LRM is to be the adult presence when the coaches are NOT there.  Any team that is co-ed should have two LRM's - one male and one female.  Locker Room Monitor's must register with USA Hockey as a Manager/Volunteer (free), take the online SafeSport Training (free) and be screened every other season (cost is reimbursable and is submitted as part of the Team Staff reimbursement process identified under RESOURCES tab "Manager Resources").

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