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USA Hockey Safe Sport, WWFHA Policies, and other Policies

USA Hockey and WWFHA Safe Sport Program

The safety of its participants is of paramount importance to USA Hockey and WWFHA.  USA Hockey Safe Sport 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 Safe Sport Handbook is intended to update and collect USA Hockey’s various policies to protect its participants from all types of misconduct and abuse.

For more on the policy, training and other information visit USA Hockey's Safe Sport page

REPORTING A SAFE SPORT CONCERN

Any suspected Safe Sport violations should be reported as soon as possible. You should immediately file a report if any of the following situations occur, or you believe may be occurring:

  • actual or perceived violations of the USA Hockey Safe Sport Program Handbook, 
  • any violations of the policies prohibiting Sexual Abuse, Physical Abuse, Emotional Abuse, Bullying, Threats and Harassment, and Hazing,
  • suspicions or allegations of child physical or sexual abuse to the appropriate USA Hockey representatives. 

 When making a report, please focus on the who, what, when, and where of the incident.

WWFHA takes safe sport violation allegations very seriously; we have a zero-tolerance policy for retaliation against whistleblowers or any parties involved in the report - player, adult, or otherwise.


Here are the ways to make a report:

Get Safe Sport trained and background checked in 4 easy steps!

 

Instructions:

[1] REGISTER AS A VOLUNTEER

You will need your USA Hockey confirmation number for this season. Registering as a volunteer is free and must be done first 

USA Hockey Member Registration

[2] SAFESPORT

  • All USA Hockey coaches, managers, and volunteers are required to be SafeSport certified by taking a SafeSport online course.
  • The course IS FREE and takes about 90m to complete the first time.

Go to this page: https://membership.usahockey.com/member/login

  • IMPORTANT: Click the forgot password link and enter your USA Hockey confirmation number if you haven't visited the site before instead of trying to log in
  • Tip: the forgot password email will go to the email address you used when you got your USA Hockey confirmation number.

Once in the portal, you should be able to see the Safe Sport certification you need to take.

 

[3] BACKGROUND CHECK

  • All USA Hockey coaches, managers, and some volunteers are required to complete a background check. The easy rule of thumb is: if the person interacts directly with the players, then they must be background checked.
  • If you have already done this, see below.
  • The cost of the background check is about $30 and lasts for two seasons.

Go here to start the background check: https://www.usahockey.com/backgroundscreen

The check should be completed in 3 to 10 business days.

 

[4] REGISTER AS A TEAM PARENT WITH WWFHA

Once you have completed the Safe Sport training and kicked off the background check, please register as a parent volunteer so that we can import your results: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
 

You can also email me directly (SafeSport@wwfha.com) if you have any questions or concerns you may have about the process or our Safe Sport requirements. 

 

Notice to all WWFHA Volunteers

Due to the USA Hockey Safe Sport requirements, it is imperative that all WWFHA volunteers are compliant with Safe Sport training. 

Unsure if you should do one or both? Check out the PNAHA cheat sheet on Safe Sport Screening or reach out to our Safe Sport coordinator (safesport@wwfha.com)

In order for our registrar to provide an accurate account of who is due for Safe Sport training and who is not, we ask that all coaches and off ice volunteers register in the WWFHA system. 

Clearance must be completed as soon as possible.  If you're not Safe Sport and Background Check Cleared by August 31st, you cannot volunteer until those steps are complete.

Furthermore, completion of the on-line Safe Sport training must be completed BEFORE stepping on the ice as a coach.

 

 All questions can be sent to Kayla Walton, Safe Sport Coordinator.