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SafeSport

SafeSport Training

As of January 1, 2018, all individuals who need to be SafeSport certified or are seeking recertification will need to complete the new three course SafeSport training, which features updated content. If you took your SafeSport training prior to April 1, 2017, 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 2 seasons.

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 will eventually be added to the platform. This will be 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 two seasons.

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.

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.

SafeSport Training

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 produced by the United States Olympic Committee at no cost.

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 2 seasons. Not all training needs to be completed in one session, you may exit the session and the platform will bookmark your place.

We believe you will find the training very valuable and informative, and strongly encourage you to access the training.

USA Hockey's Board of Directors Endorses SafeSport Program

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.