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Locker Room Boxing
Topic: April 30, 2019, 11:30:03 AM


How prevalent is it?

Are your kids doing it? I go back to my youth hockey experience 35 years ago and can attest that it was happening then and still continues now. Locker room boxing has been around forever, and if you don't ask, you don't know.

It has been a way to lay down ground rules, show your toughness, and settle differences. In some cases it's been considered a ritual welcoming of sorts or what some might consider hazing. We found out our son and his teammates were doing this in his first season of 14U at 13yrs old. This was 4 years ago before USA hockey introduced the Safesport requirement that no phones are allowed in the room at any time. Coincidentally, every player on the team was recording when they did this and shared among each other after the fact in their group chats.

We happened upon this by accident when our younger son made a comment about one of our older son's teammates who looked like he was knocked out cold on his feet. When we saw the video we couldn't believe what they were doing. The false sense of safety they have because they're wearing a helmet and gloves. They serve no purpose when a kid who doesn't know how to defend himself is round housed with a full swing. Make no mistake the consequences of what they think is joking around or horseplay can result in extreme injury.





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Reply #1:
 April 30, 2019, 11:34:10 AM
Come on, they are just having fun while high on nicotine.
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Reply #2:
 April 30, 2019, 12:42:38 PM
Come on, they are just having fun while high on nicotine.

What are you smoking?  :o
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Reply #3:
 April 30, 2019, 01:11:14 PM
Vaping, its called vaping.
No smoke, three times the nicotine, and now I am invincible.
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Reply #4:
 April 30, 2019, 01:38:14 PM
Story from Dec 17, 2018

SD hockey player hospitalized after locker room incident; players, coaches suspended

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The South Dakota Amateur Hockey Association (SDAHA) follows the “Safe Sport Program,” a policy of which part states each team is to have a locker room monitor. If that person is not inside the locker room, they’re an arm’s length away from it, the policy says.


Dan French of Rapid City is the SDAHA league director. He is chairing the discipline committee to review the incident that occurred Friday, Dec. 21 at the Mitchell Activities Center, when a 17-year-old allegedly assaulted a 15-year-old and was taken into custody on Sunday.

“Coaches and parents like to think that kids are under control and know right from wrong,” French told The Daily Republic on Friday. “Unfortunately, sometimes things get out of hand, and this is a situation where things drastically got out of hand.”

A video of the incident shows two players fighting while wearing hockey helmets and gloves inside a locker room at the local ice arena. Other players are standing around, some cheering on the fight and others recording it with their cell phones.

French, a former bantam and varsity hockey coach, and Mitchell Skating and Hockey Association President Brian Nash both referred to the association’s player code of conduct and other rules and policies in place to help avoid incidents such as this.

“We have everything in place. It’s all right there,” Nash said. “We know this is unacceptable behavior. We know there’s a cell phone policy that they’re not supposed to be in the locker room. We know there’s supposed to be a coach within an arm’s length of the locker room. That didn’t happen.”

French said there will be a SDAHA disciplinary committee hearing on the matter Thursday.

Based on the information that’s available now, the Mitchell Skating and Hockey Association issued a number of suspensions to players and coaches, including head coach Josh Engquist. French assured there would be more penalties to come from the state level.

Engquist received an eight-game suspension, during which he will receive no pay and cannot contact players. Three of the four team captains had their “letter” removed, and the team forfeited its appearance in a Hudson, Wi, tournament in late January. Other suspensions were also issued.

Nash acknowledged Engquist was not at the arena during the incident, but two assistants — who received four-game suspensions — were in attendance but not in the locker room.

“The head coach was suspended due to the fact that he was the head coach, and it’s his responsibility to make sure that his assistants are following through with the policies and procedures that are set forth by our association, and he did not do that in this situation,” Nash said.

French said the matter was brought to SDAHA’s attention Saturday, Dec. 22. He said Mitchell Skating and Hockey Association has been fully cooperative during the investigation period.

“This sport works very hard to make it safe for all its student-athletes, coaches, parents and referees,” French said. “Unfortunately, this is a situation that gives hockey a black eye.”

On Thursday, Dec. 27, Mitchell Mayor Bob Everson said the city is working to amend its agreement with Mitchell Skating and Hockey Association because Mitchell Activities Center is a city-owned facility. Everson and the Mitchell City Council discussed the incident during an executive session earlier this week.

Nash said he will “take full responsibility for what happened” because he is the president of the association. When he saw the video of the incident he said he was “sickened” and “disappointed.”

“I don’t feel like it was ‘locker boxing,’” Nash said. “The only thing ‘locker boxing’ about it is kids had helmets and gloves on. This was a fight and completely unacceptable. Not that if it was ‘locker boxing’ that it’s ha-ha funny, or just joking around in the locker room, that that’s right. That shouldn’t be happening either.”
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Reply #5:
 May 01, 2019, 08:00:40 AM
USA Hockey Safesport - HAZING, Full Explanation of Locker Room Boxing and Penalties


It is the policy of USA Hockey that there shall be no hazing of any participant involved in any of its sanctioned programs by any employee, volunteer, participant or independent contractor. Hazing includes any conduct which is intimidating, humiliating, offensive, or physically harmful. The hazing conduct is typically an activity that serves as a condition for joining a group or being socially accepted by a group's members. Any player, team official, or administrator of a sanctioned team, club or association having been party to or having had knowledge of any degrading hazing, or initiation rite, without reporting it or taking action, shall be subject to suspension from playing or holding office with any team, club or association affiliated with USA Hockey.

Examples of hazing prohibited by this Policy include, without limitation, requiring or forcing the consumption of alcohol or illegal drugs; tying, taping, or physically restraining an athlete; sexual simulations or sexual acts of any nature; sleep deprivation, or the withholding of water and/or food; social actions (e.g. grossly inappropriate or provocative clothing) or public displays (e.g. public nudity) that are illegal or meant to draw ridicule; beating, paddling, or other forms of physical assault. The activity known as "Locker Boxing" (aka fighting with helmet and gloves) is a form of hazing that can produce head trauma in children and young adults and is prohibited in any USA Hockey sanctioned program.

Activities that fit the definition of hazing are considered to be hazing regardless of a person's willingness to cooperate or participate. Hazing does not include group or team activities that are meant to establish normative team behaviors, or promote team cohesion, so long as such activities do not have reasonable potential to cause emotional or physical distress to any athlete. Examples of activities that do not constitute hazing include directing or allowing a younger player to pick up pucks or move nets after practice or bring or fill water bottles, or giving older players first preference in team assignments, responsibilities, accommodations, facilities, or equipment. While other team members are often the perpetrators of hazing toward their teammates, it is a violation of this Policy if a coach or other responsible adult knows or should know of the hazing but takes no action to intervene on behalf of the player(s) targeted.

Penalty & Disciplinary Action

A USA Hockey participant or parent of a participant who violates this Hazing Policy is subject to appropriate disciplinary action including but not limited to suspension, expulsion and/or referral to law enforcement
authorities.
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