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.
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]
4. Team Managers
6. Locker room monitors
7. Team drivers
8. Travel chaperones
9. Anyone with routine access to youth participants
10. Players who will become 18 during the hockey season who are
playing on teams with players under 18 years of age.
The Affiliate and/or local program may require that additional persons be screened.
The screening software is active. The website is:
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.
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.
The focus of the Center is to provide services in two areas – the administration of SafeSport Training and to act as an independent party to investigate and resolve allegations of sexual misconduct against any person within the jurisdiction of the national governing bodies, including USA Hockey.
As a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, USA Hockey has agreed, effective with the beginning of the 2017-18 membership season on April 1, 2017, to adhere to the Center’s policies and procedures, which includes the Center’s SafeSport Code that identifies prohibited conduct and the procedures for investigating and resolving allegations. The Center will have exclusive authority and jurisdiction to investigate and resolve allegations involving sexual misconduct against the following classes of persons ("Covered Individuals"):
those persons registered with USA Hockey as Registered Participant Members (players and coaches), referees, and in the “Ice Manager/ Volunteer” category,
all persons serving as a member of USA Hockey’s Board of Directors, on a national level council, committee or section, or in any other similar positions appointed by USA Hockey,
all coaches, officials or staff (e.g., trainers, physicians, equipment managers) for any USA Hockey team, camp or national level program,
all USA Hockey national staff, and
any person that is elected or appointed by a USA Hockey Affiliate or Member Program to a position of authority over athletes or that have frequent contact with athletes.
USA Hockey will retain the authority to investigate and resolve allegations of SafeSport policies that are non-sexual in nature.
In USA Hockey, all Covered Individuals over the age of 18 are required to report suspected SafeSport violations related to or accompanying sexual misconduct to the Center for SafeSport. Information on reporting to the Center can be found by clicking here.
The Center will have the jurisdiction and authority to impose sanctions against Covered Individuals within USA Hockey (as well as other national governing bodies), and USA Hockey will enforce any suspension, measures or other sanction throughout USA Hockey programs.
New Mexico Hockey
Land of Enchantment Amateur Hockey Association
Los Alamos Hockey Association
New Mexico Ice Hockey Foundation
Santa Fe Hockey Association
New Mexico Renegades Hockey Club / New Mexico Warriors
New Mexico Amateur Hockey Association
Taos Youth Hockey Association
New Mexico Mustangs Girls Hockey Association