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SafeSport/Screening

Under USA Hockey, the SafeSport program also includes the screening process.  In an effort to best explain how this will work for the 2016-17 season, we are providing all of the information that we can at this time for you to get started!

SafeSport:

The SafeSport Training and Refresher Training are each valid for two seasons.  Thus, if you took the training during the 2014-15 season, it was valid for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons and you will NEED to complete the SafeSport Refresher course for this 2016-17 season.  The link for you to do this is:  http://www.usahockey.com/safesporttraining

It is the policy of USA Hockey and the AAHA that those participants who (1) have regular, routine or frequent access to or supervision over minor participants (e.g. coaches, team managers, chaperones, etc.), (2) are responsible for enforcing child abuse and misconduct policies, (3) are in managerial or supervisory roles of a USA Hockey Member Program and (4) are new and current employees and/or volunteers of a USA Hockey Member Program, shall complete appropriate training.

Screening:

The screening of all coaches, managers, locker room monitors, officials and others that have regular, routine or frequent access to minor participants are to be screened every two years (see screening schedule below).  Those in Pennsylvania (or participate in PA for 30 or more days) are required to comply with Pennsylvania Act 153 (amended by Act 15) screening requirements:

  • Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance

  • Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check and

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal Background Check

For more information on the PA requirements, go to http://www.atlantic-district.org/screenings_rules.php

All PA clubs must report to the AAHA a list of the cleared certificates received by November 30, 2016.  Attached is a copy of the report that needs to be filed with Pete Rothman, AAHA SafeSport Coordinator at aaha.act15@gmail.com.

If your screening started:

Year Screened Compliance Required:
2015-16 You were screened under PA 153
2016-17 No current screening required
2017-18 AAHA screening required
2018-19 No current screening required
2019-20 AAHA screening required
2020-21 PA 153 screening required

If your screening started:

Year Screened Compliance Required:
2016-17 PA 153 screening required
2017-18 No current screening required
2018-19 AAHA screening required
2019-20 No current screening required
2020-21 AAHA screening required
2021-22 PA 153 screening required

Locker Room Monitors:

Any person that has followed the above training and screening procedures should be scheduled for the season.  It is the policy of USA Hockey that all USA Hockey Member Programs must have at least one responsible screened adult (which may includes coaches, managers or other volunteers) present monitoring the locker room during all team events.  Acceptable locker room monitoring could including having locker room monitors inside the locker room while participants are in the locker room, or could include having a locker room monitor in the immediate vicinity (near the door within arm's length and so that the monitor can sufficiently hear inside the locker room) outside the locker room that also regularly and frequently enters the locker room to monitor activity inside.

Review Your Organizations Electronic communications Policy:

If the player is under the age of 18, any email, text, social media or similar communication must also copy or include the player's parents.  Coaches are prohibited from having players joined to or connected through their personal Facebook page or any other similar social media application.  To facilitate communication, an official organization or team page may be set up and players and parents join (i.e. "friend") the official organization or team page and coaches can communicate to players through that site.  All electronic communication of any kind between coach and player, including use of social media, must be non-personal in nature and be for the purpose of communicating information about team activities or team oriented motivational purposes.

Submit Your Organization's SafeSport Coordinator Name and Contact Information

This information must be submitted to Pete Rothman, by September 1, 2016.  This individual should be familiar with the USA Hockey SafeSport Program Handbook.

http://assets.ngin.com/attachments/documents/0102/5713/USA_Hockey_SafeSport_Program_Handbook.pdf

Coming this September (scheduled) USA Hockey will publish a SafeSport manual

If you have any questions during the season, please call Pete Rothman at 610-721-4378 or email pete@rbcpa.net