SafeSport Program Training
Starting with the 2013-14 all USA Hockey registered coaches, officials, employees and volunteers were strongly encouraged to complete the SafeSport Program training.
For the 2017-18 season, all coaches, managers, officials, employees and volunteers are required to complete the SafeSport Training. Anyone that took the SafeSport training before 4/1/2014 will be required to re-certify by taking the online refresher course, which is about 30 minutes long. Also, SafeSports and Background Checks must be completed before a team can be rostered. The SafeSport Training is valid for 2 seasons.
In prior years, the SafeSport Training has been offered through the US Olympic Committee training platform. With the opening of the U.S. Center for SafeSport (the “Center”), the SafeSport training will soon move to a new platform operated by the Center.
The switchover date to the new platform is expected to take place between September 18 and October 2, 2017. After the transition date, anyone taking SafeSport training will need to create a new account on the new training platform.
After the transition date, the “refresher” training program will not be available. So, if you are eligible to take the shorter SafeSport Refresher training (which is approximately 35 minutes long), you should complete that training BEFORE September 18th, after which your training will be valid for another two seasons.
After the transition date, the new training will have a different format and content. Anyone needing to complete SafeSport Training after the transition date will need to complete the full course, which will be approximately 90 minutes long. Once completed, the new SafeSport Training will be good for two seasons and members will then again be eligible for the new refresher module.
Members who need a copy of their SafeSport Training or SafeSport Refresher Certificates should do so BEFORE September 18, 2017.
The safety of its participants is of paramount importance to USA Hockey. This includes not only on-ice safety, but also off-ice safety in any part of USA Hockey’s programs.
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. 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 youth participants from all types of misconduct and abuse.
USA Hockey has ZERO TOLERANCE for abuse and misconduct.
This SafeSport Handbook includes the various Policies that apply to all USA Hockey Member Programs. Those Policies address
The Policies also address areas where misconduct can occur and are intended to reduce the risk of potential abuse, including:
In addition to Policies, the Safe Sport Handbook includes the available and required Training of USA Hockey’s and its Member Programs’ employees, volunteers, administrators, coaches, parents and players on recognizing and reducing circumstances for potential abuse to occur; information on USA Hockey’s Screening and Background Check Program; the availability and procedures for any person to Report suspected abuse or misconduct (including protections from any retaliation or repercussions for such reporting); the procedures and means by which USA Hockey and its Member Programs should Respond to allegations of abuse and misconduct; and how USA Hockey and its Member Programs will Monitor and Supervise the SafeSport Program to help ensure its effectiveness.
By combining all of these elements into a comprehensive SafeSport Program, USA Hockey intends to create the safest possible environment for participation in hockey.