The safety of its participants is of paramount importance to USA Hockey. USA Hockey Safe Sport 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 Safe Sport 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 Safe Sport, and are now included in the USA Hockey Safe Sport Program Handbook.
The Safe Sport core training and refresher training are each valid for one season.
The Safe Sport training is three courses; a certificate is issued after each course with a final certificate indicating the participant is Safe Sport Trained. Not all training needs to be completed in one session, you may exit the session and the platform will bookmark your place. Once a person completes the core training, a new Safe Sport 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 Safe Sport courses and need to recertify. Users completing the Safe Sport refresher course will be recertified for an additional season.
The training course is available at no charge for USA Hockey members. The Safe Sport training is three courses; a certificate is issued after each course with a final certificate indicating the participant is Safe Sport 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 Safe Sport 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.
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 Safe Sport training and screening.
Safe Sport before team activities - Coaches, managers, locker room monitors and other association volunteers need to complete Safe Sport 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.
All players seventeen (17) years of age or older on or before December 31 (2002 and 2003 birth years), that play on a team in a classification that allows minor age players, are required to complete U.S. Center for Safe Sport online training before being added to the team and prior to participation (on-ice or off-ice). This requirement applies to all teams in the Youth, Girls, High School, Junior Hockey, Flex Hockey and Disabled Hockey program classifications that allow both minor age and adult age players. Players required to take the training must complete the Core Center for Safe Sport Training prior to being added to the team.
Parent Module now available - The United States Olympic Committee has a Safe Sport Parent module. It takes approximately 30 minutes. Be aware this module does not meet the requirements for coaches, officials or volunteers.
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 Safe Sport's website. Parents of participants will be made aware of the availability of Safe Sport training for minor participants and will be given an opportunity to consent and access the training for the minor participant.
Safe Sport, USA Hockey's safety program and prevention strategy initiative is aimed at improving the safety of athletes. Background screening is only one aspect of Safe Sport 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:
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.