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TCYH and SafeSport

By CRAIG COON, 11/05/18, 9:00PM EST


Keeping kids safe while playing sports means more than just preventing injuries.

TCYH and SafeSport

Tri-County Youth Hockey is a member of U.S. Center for SafeSport, recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee. Keeping kids safe means more than protecting them on the ice. This toolkit for parents is designed to highlight a parent’s role in prevention and help determine when a report should be made. High-profile cases of child abuse often represent extremes and should not deter parents from encouraging participation in youth sports. Children who have positive experiences in sports from a young age benefit in many ways. While a small percentage of youth go on to compete with elite or professional status, a successful foundation in childhood helps promote self-esteem, a sense of accomplishment, and the ability to function as part of a team, while also promoting a healthy, lifelong interest in athletics. By helping promote strong and healthy relationships between team members and coaches, and spotting signs of potential problems before they become serious, a parent can help ensure the maximum benefits for their child.

SafeSport resources

The resources below include policies, reporting forms and important links. Click on the link you need and you will be able to view and download the resource materials.

Quick Reference - Coaches

SafeSport Reporting Form

SafeSport Poster

Sample Locker Room

Quick Reference - Bullying

USA Hockey SafeSport Handbook

SafeSport Brochure

Sample Travel Policy

Quick Reference - Locker Room Monitoring

Co-ed Locker Room Policies

State by State Mandatory Reporter Information

USA Hockey has ZERO TOLERANCE for abuse and misconduct.

This SafeSport Handbook includes the various Policies that apply to all USA Hockey Member Programs.  Those Policies address

  • Sexual Abuse
  • Physical Abuse
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Bullying, Threats and Harassment
  • Hazing

The Policies also address areas where misconduct can occur and are intended to reduce the risk of potential abuse, including:

  • Locker Room Policy
  • Electronic Communications Policy
  • Travel Policy
  • Billeting Policy

In addition to Policies, the SafeSport Handbook includes information about  the available and required Training of USA Hockey and its Member Programs’ employees, volunteers, administrators, coaches, parents and players on recognizing and reducing circumstances for potential abuse to occur; information on USA Hockey’s Screening and Background Check Program; the availability and procedures for any person to Report suspected abuse or misconduct (including protections from any retaliation or repercussions for such reporting); the procedures and means by which USA Hockey and its Member Programs should Respond to allegations of abuse and misconduct; and how USA Hockey and its Member Programs will Monitor and Supervise the SafeSport Program to help ensure its effectiveness.

By combining all of these elements into a comprehensive SafeSport Program, USA Hockey intends to create the safest possible environment for participation in hockey.