At the Tyke age, majority of kids come dressed or need help doing mostly everything. It is strongly suggested that these players arrive a half-hour early to allow them to get dressed and skates to be tied. Dads and male coaches may be permitted in the dressing rooms provided that there are a minimum of two (2) adult females present, as per OWHA Policy.
At the Novice age groups
where the kids may need a little help, only females will be permitted in the change room while the kids are getting dressed. Dads and male coaches may be permitted in the dressing rooms to tie skates after all the girls are fully dressed and a minimum of two (2) adult females are present, As per OWHA Policy.
At Atom and above, no males are permitted in the changerooms when the girls are dressing. Once the girls are dressed and if they are there with a dad, they will take their skates just outside the dressing room door where their dad will tie their skates and then they will return to the dressing room. Alternatively, if all the girls are fully dressed and there is a minimum of two (2) adult females present, males may then be permitted in the changeroom to tie skates.
It is very important that if the father knows his daughter will need their skates tied that they not wander far from the entrance to the dressing room door so the player does not wander far searching for her dad creating an unsafe enviroment. Male coaches will only enter dressing room, if the girls are dressed and there are 2 females present.
At Peewee and above we encourage parents to teach their kids how to tie their own skates. Once skates are tied, only Coaches and staff are allowed in the dressing rooms, and at all times a minimum of two (2) adult females should be present.