The SafeSport program has a few updates for the USA Hockey 2015 - 2016 playing season.
New playing seasons mean new volunteers & vendors - New board members, association vendors and volunteers with regular, routine and frequent access to youth hockey participants need to complete USA Hockey SafeSport training and screening.
SafeSport before team activities - Coaches, locker room monitors and other association volunteers need to complete SafeSport training prior to participating in any activities with their youth hockey team. These are available now to get a jump on the season.
Parent Module now available - The United States Olympic Committee has a SafeSport Parent module. It takes approximately 30 minutes. Be aware this module does not meet the requirements for coaches, officials or volunteers.
Safesport, USA Hockey's safety program and prevention strategy initiative is aimed at improving the safety of athletes. Background screening is only one aspect of SafeSport and requires volunteers or employees serving in the following positions to be screened prior to having regular, routine or frequent access to youth participants:
For the purposes of this policy, Member Association Administrators shall include the Member Association's Board of Directors, all support staff, volunteers or employees and such other persons as the Board of Directors may designate from time to time with regular, routine or frequent access to youth participants.
All officials must complete a background screening in accordance with the Southeastern District Officiating Program's Screening Policy.
Member Association's must monitor and supervise their programs to ensure that all screening is completed before any volunteer or employee as access to youth participants.
One of the most exciting aspects of the USA Hockey SafeSport Program is the online training/education that is available to help our members become aware of the information necessary to help prevent abuse from occurring in our sport.
We are pleased to announce that all USA Hockey registered coaches, officials, employees and volunteers are entitled to take the training at no cost. The training was produced by the United States Olympic Committee. The training is comprised of short video segments that take approximately 90 minutes to complete, however, not all training needs to be completed in one session. We believe you will find the training very valuable and informative, and strongly encourage you to access the training.
Organization Aggressive in Moving Forward
Multiple Initiatives to Improve Hockey
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey’s Board of Directors unanimously endorsed moving forward the USA Hockey SafeSport Program as its Annual Congress last week in Colorado Springs.
The comprehensive program is focused on creating an environment that will deter abusers and assist those in the hockey community in recognizing, reducing and responding to allegations or suspected abuse.
We’ve long been a leader in providing a safe environment for all involved in the game,” said Ron DeGregorio, president of USA Hockey. “As an example, we first began screening adults involved with children in the 1990s . The USA Hockey SafeSport program packages our long-standing policies with some updates and includes the excellent video training our partners at the USOC have produced.”
Highlighting USA Hockey’s SafeSport Program are more defined standards for the required background screening of coaches and other volunteers having access to youth participants and guidelines for USA Hockey programs in reporting and responding to abuse and/or suspected abuse.