Along with all national governing bodies recognized by the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee for their particular sport, USA Hockey is subject to the jurisdiction of the U.S. Center for SafeSport (the “Center”) to help create a safer environment for athletes to thrive. The Center regulations are set forth in the SafeSport Code for the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement (the “SafeSport Code”) and the Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies (the “MAAPP”). The SafeSport Code primarily covers prohibited conduct and the Center’s response and resolution process, while the MAAPP is aimed at training requirements and preventive policies around locker rooms, travel, electronic communications, and other areas where prohibited one-on-one interactions may occur. USA Hockey is required to adopt policies consistent with the SafeSport Code and MAAPP, and has incorporated the applicable provisions into the USA Hockey Safe Sport Program Handbook.
The policies in the MAAPP are set forth in USA Hockey’s Safe Sport Program Handbook. USA Hockey updated its Safe Sport Program Handbook on January 3, 2023, a copy of which is available online at www.usahockey.com/safesportprogram. USA Hockey’s website contains additional materials and resources regarding its Safe Sport Program. All USA Hockey member programs are required to comply with the USA Hockey Safe Sport Handbook, including implementation of the requirements of the MAAPP.
The following outlines specific Safe Sport requirements for USA Hockey Member Programs, including changes for the 2022-23 season. USA Hockey has adopted the policies of the U.S. Center for SafeSport (“Center”), including the SafeSport Code and the Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies (“MAAPP”), and incorporated the SafeSport Code and MAAPP into the USA Hockey Safe Sport Program Handbook.
Each USA Hockey Affiliate and Member Program must agree to and comply with the USA Hockey Safe Sport Program Policies as a condition of sanctioning by USA Hockey or an Affiliate. In addition, each Member Program must take steps to ensure the Safe Sport Policies are followed at all USA Hockey sanctioned events. All violations of the Safe Sport Program Policies must be properly reported, investigated, and resolved.
SafeSport Training and Background Screen Requirements
Who Needs SafeSport Training or a USA Hockey Screen?
The chart on the following page sets out the different categories of members and whether they are required to complete SafeSport Training and/or a Background Screen.
The following Participants are required to have SafeSport Training and/or a Background Screen before the Participant is allowed to have regular contact or authority over Minor Athletes (including all practices and team meetings):
Note: Participants 16 or under do not require SafeSport Training or a Background Screen.
Links to Access Training or to Submit a Screen
Before completing SafeSport Training or a Background Screen, all members must first register with USA Hockey for the current season at: https://membership.usahockey.com
To complete SafeSport Training, please go to: www.usahockey.com/safesporttraining
To complete a USA Hockey Background Screen, please go to: www.usahockey.com/backgroundscreen
Note: USA Hockey is unable to accept background screens from other sports.
Compliance with Requirements
Member Program registrars cannot place a coach or player on a roster unless they meet the requirements above. Additionally, any referee without the required Training or a Screen will not receive their card and crest for the current season. Local programs must ensure all Participants who require Training and a Background Screen have met these requirements before they are allowed to have regular contact with or authority over Minor Athletes. Members Programs and Affiliates must audit their Participants regularly for compliance. To track and audit program compliance by staff/volunteers that are not on a team roster, a suggested best practice is to create a roster of volunteers that will identify whether they have completed Training or Screening.
As of January 1, 2022, the Center for SafeSport requires members to complete SafeSport Training at least every twelve (12) months instead of once per USA Hockey membership season. This new annual Training requirement will go into effect for USA Hockey as of April 1, 2022 for the 2022- 23 membership season. USA Hockey will email Participants before their SafeSport Training renewal date and notify the Participant’s Member Program and Affiliate. Any Participant who has not taken the required Training on or before the renewal date will be ineligible to participate in any USA Hockey sanctioned event or activity, in any role listed above, until the Training is complete.
Required Policies for Member Programs
USA Hockey Member Programs and Affiliates must follow the policies in the USA Hockey Safe Sport Program Handbook. In addition, Member Programs must develop and implement, in writing, the following policies, consistent with the provisions found in the Safe Sport Program Handbook:
A Locker Room Policy published to a parent/guardian for each Minor Athlete and for each facility the program regularly uses;
A Team Travel Policy (including both Transportation and Lodging) applicable to youth teams that is published and provided to all players, parents, coaches, and other adults that are traveling with the team, and which includes parental consents to In-Program travel and lodging; and
A Billet Policy (only for programs/teams utilizing a billeting arrangement) that is provided to the parent/guardian of any billeted player before placing the player in a billet home.
Sample policies may be found at http://www.usahockey.com/safesportprogram.
Parental Consent Forms for Member Programs
In addition to the policies listed above, each Member Program shall make available and store written parental consent forms consistent with the requirements of the Safe Sport Program Handbook. Depending on the policy, consent can be required (i) in every instance, (ii) on an annual basis, or (iii) the parent/guardian can determine whether to provide consent annually or in every instance.
Dual Relationship Exception to MAAPP -- Annual Consent Form
Dual Relationship Exception Forms -- Specific Dates/Events, for:
Personal Care Assistant -- Annual Consent Form
Dual Relationship Exception Forms -- Specific Dates/Events, for
General Consent Regarding MAAPP -- Annual Consent For
Consent for individual MAAPP policies -- Specific Dates/Events, for
Sample forms may be found at https://www.usahockey.com/resourcesanddownloads
USA Hockey Sanctioned Tournaments
Most Member Programs host sanctioned tournaments during the course of a season. The Safe Sport requirements for USA Hockey sanctioned tournaments may be found here: https://www.usahockey.com/resourcesanddownloads