JCC Swimming Locker Room Policy


FACILITIES The following is a description of our practice and competition facilities to allow athletes and their families to plan their use: 

We practice at:  JCC of Owings Mills - 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave. Owings Mills MD, 21117.   This location has a changing area that is shared with the general public. As such, there are likely to be people who are not associated with JCC Swimming in the changing area around the time of practice.  In addition to male and female locker rooms, a family changing area is available for athletes that want to change on their own and/or require more privacy.


MONITORING Coaches and staff make every effort to recognize when an athlete goes to the locker room or changing area during practice and competition and, if they do not return in a timely fashion, we will check on the athlete’s whereabouts.   We discourage parents from entering locker rooms and changing areas unless it is truly necessary.  In those instances, it should only be a same‐sex parent.  If this is necessary, parents should let the coach or administrator know about this in advance.If an athlete needs assistance with his or her uniform or gear (for example, a child under the age of eight), or an athlete’s disability warrants assistance, then we ask that parents let the coach or an administrator know beforehand that he or she will be helping the athlete.  

JCC Swimming  has staggered practices, with different groups arriving and departing throughout the day. It is therefore not practical to constantly monitor locker rooms and changing areas over this extended course of time. While we do not post a coach inside or at the doors of the locker rooms and changing areas, we do make occasional sweeps of these areas.  Coaches conduct these sweeps, with women checking on female locker rooms, and men checking on male locker rooms. 

USE OF CELL PHONES AND OTHER MOBILE RECORDING DEVICES Cell phones and other mobile devices with recording capabilities, including voice recording, still cameras and video cameras increase the risk for different forms of misconduct in locker rooms and changing areas.  The USA Swimming Athlete Protection Policies prohibit the use of such devices in the locker room or other changing area: 

  305.3 Use of audio or visual recording devices, including a cell phone camera, is not allowed in changing areas, rest rooms or locker rooms.


Responding to Misconduct and Monitor Problematic Behavior 

First misconduct: the swimmer/parent will be given a verbal warning

Second misconduct: the swimmer/parent may lose the usage of the locker rooms for a week Third misconduct: the swimmer loses all privileges of using the facility’s locker room

Locker Room Rules

1. Show respect to others at all times. No disrespectful comments, bullying, profanity or inappropriate language. 

2. No horseplay, pushing, shoving, running or chasing anyone. No boxing. No chin-ups from the shower curtain bars. No throwing of soap/water. No snapping of towels at individuals in the locker room. 

3. Do not stand on the benches or climb into the lockers. page 3 updated 9/6/2020 

4. No screaming or shouting. 

5. Keep the locker room clean. Discard all trash in trash cans and leave the locker room cleaner than when you arrived. 

6. Do not take items that don’t belong to you. If it appears an item has been left behind by another swimmer, try to give it to a coach so he/she can try to return it to the owner.

7. The team is not responsible for lost items.

8. Bring your bags out to the pool deck, do not leave them unattended in the locker room. 

9. Food, gum, beverages (besides water), and glass items are prohibited in the locker room. 10.Cell phones and other technological devices are not to be used to take pictures or videos in the locker rooms, showers, bathroom area.