2017 SafeSport Changes (applies to all taking SafeSport in 2018 & 2019)
NOTE: SafeSport Training is FREE - if asked to pay for it, you are taking the WRONG course.
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, 2017.
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!