As the national governing body designated by the United States Olympic Committee for the sport of ice hockey, USA Hockey, including all of its “Participants” (described more fully below), is subject to the jurisdiction of the Center for SafeSport. The Center for SafeSport is an independent non-profit organization committed to ending all forms of abuse in sport, including bullying, harassment, hazing, physical abuse, emotional abuse and sexual misconduct and abuse (more information about the Center for SafeSport can be found at the link below. The Center has two primary functions:
• It is an office for education and outreach, which develops training, oversight practices, policies and procedures to prevent abuse. The SafeSport Training required to be taken by USA Hockey participants is produced by the Center for SafeSport); and
• It is an office for response and resolution that establishes mechanisms to report, investigate and resolve allegations of misconduct (the Center has exclusive authority over allegations involving sexual misconduct, and discretionary authority over other forms of misconduct, including bullying, harassment, physical and emotional abuse).
Carolina Amateur Hockey Association Safe Sport Coordinator
Potomac Valley Amateur Hockey Association Safe Sport Coordinator
Southern Amateur Hockey Association Safe Sport Coordinator
Statewide Amateur Hockey of Florida Safe Sport Coordinator
USA Hockey enacted its SafeSport Program in 2012 by compiling and updating its longstanding policies prohibiting sexual and physical misconduct and hazing, for background screening and locker room monitoring, and our codes of conduct for coaches, officials and administrators, into a comprehensive program aimed at eliminating misconduct and abuse in USA Hockey programs.
The new updates to USA Hockey’s SafeSport Program arise from federal law (the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and SafeSport Authorization Act of 2017), which created the authority and requirement for the Center for SafeSport to enact policies to protect minors from abuse in sport. The policies adopted by the Center for SafeSport are known as the Minor Athlete Abuse Protection Policies (“MAAPP Policies”), and are required to be adopted by the national governing body of each sport. USA Hockey has incorporated the MAAPP Policies, as well as changes by the Center to its SafeSport Code, into the USA Hockey SafeSport Program Handbook accessible below.
USA Hockey sent a number of emails targeted at specific groups of members on June 20th 2019. For your reference, links to those emails are given below the USA Hockey SafeSport Handbook.
SafeSport Training is now a yearly requirement. If you completed the training for the 2018-19 season then you do not need to complete the training or the refresher this season. The training will take 90 to 120 minutes. The refresher is approximately 30 minutes. Follow the link below to register and complete the training.
USA Hockey’s policy is that the training shall be required for the following categories of Participants as set forth in more detail below (note that USA Hockey may modify these requirements from time to time as it deems appropriate):
1. All USA Hockey staff and all members of the USA Hockey Board of Directors, and USA Hockey councils, committees and sections
2. Local Program Administrators
5. Other Volunteers/Employees
6. Players Seventeen or Over on or before December 31 of playing season in age classifications with MinorAge Players (New Requirement)