As you may know, the United States government enacted the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and SafeSport Authorization Act of 2017 on February 14th, 2018. USA Hockey has been working on addressing the changes necessary for the USA Hockey SafeSport Program based on this Act. Click HERE for a memorandum from Casey Jorgensen, USA Hockey General Council, which provides details about these changes.
The changes approved at the USA Hockey Annual Congress last week will directly impact your organization and its members. As you are aware, all staff 18 years and older including volunteers, coaches and managers are required to complete SafeSport training before they can be added to a team roster. They are “greyed out” preventing them from being added to a roster until they have completed the credential requirements, including the SafeSport course.
Because USA Hockey does not want players or officials turning 18 to become ineligible in the middle of a season, USA Hockey is requiring all players 17 years of age or older on or before December 31st of that playing season, and who play on a team in a classification that allows minor aged players, to complete SafeSport Training before being added to the team, and prior to participation with the team (on-ice or off-ice). This requirement applies to all teams in the age classifications Youth, High School, Junior Hockey, Flex Hockey and Disabled Hockey programs that allow both minor age and adult age players (anyone over 18 years and older).
If a player is in the group identified above, and they have not completed the SafeSport Training, they will be “greyed out” and will not be able to be placed on the team’s roster in the USA Hockey registration portal until they have completed the training. This will prevent them from being on the Official Roster. They may not participate with the team until they can be added to the roster.
We strongly recommend that you communicate this new requirement to those players in your organization that are impacted. The program takes about 90 minutes to complete online. Once the fall season is underway, the players will be consumed with school, hockey, and other commitments. It is to their advantage to take the SafeSport Program NOW and not wait until it is time to be placed on a roster and games are starting.
Please help to pass on this information to any members in your organization that will need to complete the SafeSport Program.
The SafeSport Program is free. You must have a USAH Registration Confirmation Number to register to take the training. Players registered with USAH for the 2018/19 season can use the USA Hockey Confirmation Number for that season (which is valid until August 31, 2019) to register to take the training. They may also register with USA Hockey for the 2019/20 and use that confirmation number to register for the course. Registration for the SafeSport Program after September 1, 2019 requires a 2019/20 USA Hockey Registration.
To take the SafeSport Program, access the online program via the USA Hockey Website https://www.usahockey.com/
Like the requirement this year to complete SafeSport, we anticipate additional changes regarding screening in the 2020/2021 season. At the present time, for the 2019/20 season, there is not a requirement for these individuals to be screened.
Thank you for your support to inform your members of this new requirement. With our joined effort we hope to make this as easy as possible to your members and the least disruptive in allowing this age group to be placed on rosters without missing any team activities such as practice or games.
Questions about this new policy can be directed to the following:
Laura Johnson, AHAI Registrar, [email protected], 224-636-3233
John Dunne, AHAI Executive Director, [email protected], 224-636-3215