Coaches Must Monitor Athletes in Lincoln High Locker Rooms

By: Liz Hayes Email
By: Liz Hayes Email

Student athletes getting ready for the fall season will be even more aware of how they should behave in the locker room.

It's the first time fall athletes will see a written locker room policy at Lincoln High School in Wisconsin Rapids.

That's where four wrestlers pleaded no contest to charges of disorderly conduct after court documents revealed a young wrestler was harassed and touched inappropriately in the locker room during the 2010-2011 wrestling season.

District Administrator Colleen Dickmann, refused to do an on-camera interview for this story, and said that the policy was not a result of wrestling.

"We have always had expectations for the locker room," Dickmann said.

The policy was written into a document in October of 2011, and is posted on Lincoln High's website.

Along with typical expectations of being respectful, responsible and committed, the policy gets specific.

It says that student athletes should maintain personal boundaries, and not engage in horse play, towel whipping and inappropriate touching.

Students should be showered, dressed and out of the locker room within 20 minutes.

Some students say what's in the policy is common sense, but they understand the district's need to put it out there.

"Throughout last year there weren't really too many noticeable changes," said Matthew Richmond, a senior, said. "As being in sports teams, we were talked to a little bit about what was going on in locker rooms.. just kinda keep it clean and what not."

Brought into the policy last November is expectations for coaches, including that at least one coach be present in the locker room whenever a student athlete is.

Other area school districts have similar athletic codes of conduct that prohibit bullying and misconduct, including in Stevens Point and Wausau, but nothing that particularly notes a locker room.

Antigo and Merrill school districts have specific locker room policies that address privacy.

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