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SAFESPORT PROGRAM

Important Changes to SafeSport Training.

 

"Dear USA Hockey Member,

As you know, the USA Hockey SafeSport Program includes required training for all USA Hockey coaches, officials, managers and volunteers with regular, routine or frequent access to or supervision over youth participants. As in previous seasons, these individuals will be required to have completed the training prior to that person’s participation (on ice or off ice) in a USA Hockey program.

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, and this email is to let you know about the transition and how it will affect both first-time users as well as existing USA Hockey members.
  • The switchover date to the new platform is expected to take place between September 18 and October 2. 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.

We hope you understand the importance of the training and to helping you be aware of how to maximize our participants’ safety.

Thank you for your diligence in helping make our sport as safe as possible!"

Signed by USA Hockey.

One of the highest priorities of USA Hockey is ensuring the safety of its participants and members. It continues taking great strides to protect participants.

The SafeSport Program is a comprehensive effort to keep all of USA Hockey's participants and members safe while engaged in the game they love, hockey. This new program is intended to bring all of USA Hockey's policies under one expansive umbrella to protects participants—both on and off the ice.

Screening

Anyone 18 years old and older, who have any access to our youth, must be be screened and certified before working with them. You will not be allowed to volunteer for any LOEAHA member association unless you have completed the background screening and SafeSport Certification.

 
Per the USA Hockey Safe Sport Program Handbook those who need to be screened include:
 
1.  Members of the Affiliate Board of Directors
2.  Local program administrators [association board members and volunteers]
3.  Coaches 
4.  Team Managers
5.  Officials
6.  Locker room monitors
7.  Team drivers
8.  Travel chaperones
9.  Anyone with routine access to youth participants.
 
The Affiliate and/or local program may require that additional persons be screened.
 
The screening software is active.  The website is: 

https://loeaha.volunteerportal.net
password:  hockeyiscool

SafeSport Training

All USA Hockey registered coaches, officials, employees, and volunteers who are 18 years of age or older and work with youth in any USA Hockey member association must obtain SafeSport Certification. There is no cost for the course and certification.The training was produced by the United States Olympic Committee.  You must register with USA Hockey, registration for volunteers is free.   Please go to the USA Hockey website for the training.

Safe Sport Questions and Reports

If possible any questions and reports of possible policy infractions should first be placed with the local organization (contacts listed on right).

Below is the form for reporting a possible SafeSport issue.

This document can be completed and sent to the local Association, LOEAHA, or USA Hockey.

LOEAHA Policies and Procedures

LOEAHA Safe Sport Policy Is Within.

New Mexico Reporting of Abuse and Neglect

Who must report and definitions of abuse and neglect.

Terrence Firman

LOEAHA SafeSport Coordinator

Lori Hinojosa

LAHA Safe Sport Coordinator

Lyndon Talbott

NMICE Safe Sport Coordinator

Mary Uhl

SFHA Safe Sport Coordinator

Craig Richards

New Mexico Warriors Safe Sport Coordinator

Robert Preble

NMAHA Safe Sport Coordinator

Lee Imboden

TYHA Safe Sport Coordinator

Scott Doebling

NM Mustangs Girls Hockey Safe Sport Coordinator