USA Hockey SafeSport Program

Introduction to the SafeSport Program

The on and off-ice safety of USA Hockey participants is of paramount importance. The SafeSport Program is in place to protect players from physical abuse, sexual abuse and other types of abuse and misconduct that can be harmful to youth sports. The USA Hockey SafeSport program includes both training to recognize abusive conduct and background screening to identify persons who have been convicted of abuse.

The program is described in the SafeSport Program Handbook. The Handbook contains the policies and procedures for implementing and administering the USA Hockey SafeSport Program. SafeSport training is administered by USA Hockey. You must complete your SafeSport training in order to complete your Referee certification and receive your Referee Registration Card and sweater crest.

As of January 1, 2018, all relevant individuals who need to be SafeSport certified or are seeking recertification will need to complete the new three-course SafeSport training, which features updated content.

SafeSport Training

USA Hockey has adopted the US Olympic Committee SafeSport program as a required training program for all USA Hockey Officials over the age of 18. If you are over 18, you are required to complete SafeSport training every two years. The renewal training is a reduced refresher training program. Your SafeSport status is recorded with your registration record. You can review your USA Hockey registration record at the USA Hockey Officiating Registration Status page. Log on with your USA Hockey user name and password.

The USA Hockey SafeSport page explains the USA Hockey SafeSport program. Here you will find the SafeSport reporting policy, training details, and information for affiliate SafeSport coordinators. SafeSport training is not limited to Officials. The SafeSport Program Handbook explains the SafeSport system as it applies to coaches, administrators, team parents, and others involved in ice hockey.

SafeSport Training System Instructions

Click here to register for SafeSport Training. You will be asked to select your organization (USA Hockey) and your membership type (Official). When you select Official, you will be presented with spaces to enter your USA Hockey Referee number and last name. Please make sure there are NO SPACES before or after your number. Next click on the green continue button on the bottom right side of the page. Please verify your information then click the green next button. You will then be asked to fill out the registration information requested. Once all information is entered please click the green save button on bottom right hand side of the page.

Once you have registered you will receive an email from No-reply@safesport.org with the subject titled “SafeSport Account Created.” Please open the email and click on the “confirm email address.” You will only need to register the first time to set up the account. Once the account is set up, you will sign in using your email address and password. If you do not receive an email, please contact help.desk@safesport.org.

Click here to sign back in to SafeSport Training. You will arrive on the Learning Dashboard page and see the three courses you need to complete; Mandatory Reporting, Emotional and Physical Misconduct, and Sexual Misconduct Awareness Education. You will need to complete all THREE courses to obtain your SafeSport Certified training certificate.

Background Screening

The USA Hockey background screening program is an element of the overall SafeSport Program. Background screening for coaches and Officials is administered by each USA Hockey Affiliate, following the policy set by USA Hockey. In certain states, such as Florida, State Law imposes some additional requirements above and beyond the USA Hockey guidelines. See the Background Screening page for more information regarding background screening.