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SafeSport

The safety of its participants is of paramount importance to USA Hockey. USA Hockey SafeSport is the organization's program related to off-ice safety.

USA Hockey has long had systems in place to protect its participants from physical abuse, sexual abuse and other types of abuse and misconduct that can be harmful to youth hockey players and other participants. These include without limitation Physical Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Screening, Locker Room Supervision and Hazing Policies, in addition to Codes of Conduct applicable to administrators, coaches, officials, parents, players and spectators. The USA Hockey SafeSport Handbook is intended to update and collect USA Hockey’s various policies to protect its participants from all types of misconduct and abuse.

MAAPP Policies were mandated by federal law to be put into effect by the U.S. Center for SafeSport, and are now included in the USA Hockey SafeSport Program Handbook.

SafeSport Training

The SafeSport training is three courses; a certificate is issued after each course with a final certificate indicating the participant is SafeSport Trained. Once trained it is valid for one season. Not all training needs to be completed in one session, you may exit the session and the platform will bookmark your place.

The SafeSport training and refresher training are each valid for one season, beginning on April 1, 2019. If you took the training during the 2018-19 season, it is still valid for the 2019-20 season. If you took the training prior to the 2018-19 season, you will need to take the new course before beginning activities (on-ice or off-ice) with your team or association.

The training course is available at no charge for USA Hockey members. The SafeSport training is three courses; a certificate is issued after each course with a final certificate indicating the participant is SafeSport Trained. Once trained it is valid for one season.

USA Hockey members should always access the training through www.usahockey.com/safesporttraining. If you are asked to pay a fee or prompted for an access code, you are not in the USA Hockey SafeSport Training.

It is not necessary to take the training all at once. You may exit the platform and return at any time and pick up where you left off.

A new SafeSport refresher course has been added to the platform. The refresher course is an abbreviated version intended for individuals who have previously completed the three core SafeSport courses and need to recertify. Users completing the SafeSport refresher course will be certified for an additional season.

PLEASE NOTE: you will need your own USA Hockey Registration Confirmation Number and your own email address to access the training.

New playing seasons mean new volunteers & vendors - New board members, association vendors and volunteers with regular, routine or frequent access to or supervision over minor participants need to complete USA Hockey SafeSport training and screening.

SafeSport before team activities - Coaches, managers, locker room monitors and other association volunteers need to complete SafeSport training prior to participating in any activities (on-ice or off-ice) 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.

  • Be a SafeSport Parent [in 7 Easy Steps] in the right menu includes step-by-step instructions on how to register for USOC SafeSport Parent training. Follow these instructions if you are training as a parent or other family member.

Subject to parental consent, USA Hockey is required to "offer and give" training to minor athletes. The USCSS will provide age-specific training that will be made available on the Center for SafeSport's website. Parents of participants will be made aware of the availability of SafeSport training for minor participants and will be given an opportunity to consent and access the training for the minor participant.

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 or supervision over minor participants:

  • Affiliate Board of Directors
  • Member Association Administrators
  • Coaches
  • Team Managers
  • Officials
  • Locker Room Monitors
  • Team Drivers
  • Travel Chaperones
  • Anyone with regular, routine or frequent access to or supervision over minor 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 or supervision over minor 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.