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SafeSport Program - Overview

 

The safety of its participants is of paramount importance to USA Hockey and the Michigan Amateur Hockey Association (MAHA).  This includes not only on-ice safety, but also off-ice safety in any part of MAHA’s programs. MAHA has adopted the USA Hockey SafeSport Program, which is intended to protect all participants, not just players, from any type of misconduct or abuse. 

USA Hockey and MAHA have a ZERO TOLERANCE policy for abuse and misconduct. Through the USA Hockey SafeSport Program, USA Hockey and MAHA are committed to creating the safest possible environment for participation in hockey.

Questions?

Rick Frescura

Michigan SafeSports Coordinator

Phone: (734) 323-0201

USA Hockey SafeSport Program

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.

Attention: USA Hockey’s SafeSport Program has been updated as of June 4, 2020. Please click here for a copy of the revised USA Hockey SafeSport Handbook.

The U.S. Center for SafeSport

The U.S. Center for SafeSport is a national independent non-profit organization. The Center believes that all athletes deserve to participate in sports free from any form of emotional, physical and sexual misconduct. The Center provides response and resolution services within the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Movements and provides education and training to coaches, administrators, athletes, parents and sports organizations.

New - Youth Athlete Training Courses

The U.S. Center for SafeSport has produced Youth Athlete Training courses that are available for minor-age athletes. These resources include courses for children of pre-school age; grades K-2; grades 3-5; middle school and high school. These free online trainings are designed as an introduction for minor athletes and their parents or other caregivers to understand the importance of positive, welcoming environments in sports, where misconduct like bullying or abuse is less likely to happen, and to know where to report abuse, should it occur.

Each course can be found HERE and requires that a parent/legal guardian create an account to provide consent for their child to access the training. Once an account is created, parents can choose which course is best for their child based on their actual or developmental age. Each course will take less than 30 minutes to complete. A writeable PDF certificate is available at the conclusion of each training, and parents are encouraged to write their child's name on the printed certificate. These courses are not required but are available as a resource. Click on the applicable link below to access the training:

NOTE: These courses are not required for participation and USA Hockey is not recording or tracking a person’s completion of the courses. The courses are not a substitute for any required training for hockey players that are 17 years of age prior to December 31 of the applicable registration year. 

The U.S. Center for SafeSport has developed additional interactive, educational resources to help create a culture of safety and respect in any sports program. These resources have been made possible through the support of The Foundation for Global Sports Development.

Thank you again for all of your efforts in support of the safety of participants in USA Hockey programs.