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Updates From Annual Congress

Important Information

SafeSport Training Program

SafeSport Training is required for all adults that have regular contact with or authority over minors. As explained more fully below, includes adult‐aged players on the same team with minor athletes. As of the 2019‐20 season, SafeSport is required every year rather than every other year/season.

A person must first take the course known as “Core Center for SafeSport Training,” which is taken online and takes approximately 90 – 120 minutes to complete. After that a “Refresher Course” is available each subsequent year for a person that has completed the Core Center for SafeSport Training. The Refresher Course takes 15 minutes or less to complete. There is no cost to members of USA Hockey to complete either training course. Members should only complete one training per season.

To comply with the law requiring adults with regular contact to complete training, USA Hockey must require that (i) all players 17 years of age or older on or before December 31 of that playing season and (ii) who play on a team in a classification that allows minor age players, complete SafeSport Training before being added to such team and prior to participation (on‐ice or off‐ice). This requirement shall apply to all teams in the age classifications Youth, Girls, High School, Junior Hockey, Flex Hockey and Disabled Hockey programs that allow both minor‐age and adult‐age players, and to officials who are turning 17 before December 31.

Training must be completed before a person begins having regular contact with minor athletes, but no more than 45 days after beginning the role that requires them to complete training. You will not be able to add Team Staff (Coach or Manager) to a Youth/Girls/HS Roster until their SafeSport training has been completed. You will not be able to add a player, 2004 birth year or older, to a youth, girls, high school, flex, disabled or junior roster that allows both minor‐age and adult‐age players, until their SafeSport training has been completed.

The words “SafeSport Verified” will appear on the Personnel screen for any member who has completed the training. That information will also be reflected on the Official Roster and on the Credentials Verification sheet. You can also generate a SafeSport Report from your Registry. This report will show you the season in which the participant needs to renew their SafeSport Training.

Additional information on SafeSport Training and the SafeSport Handbook can be found in the Registry in the Forms.

National Background Screening

National screening started in the 2020‐21 season. USA Hockey has selected NCSI to provide its background screening, a company that is the gold standard in the industry.

Who has to get screened? All adult coaches, officials, board members, employees, volunteers, and anyone else who will have regular contact with, or authority over, athletes under the age of 18 are required to submit to a background screen before any such contact with those athletes.

Screening must be completed before a person begins having regular contact with minor athletes. You will not be able to add Team Staff (Coach or Manager) to a Youth/Girls/HS Roster until their Background Screen has been completed.

The words Verified or Verified with conditions will appear on the Personnel screen for any member who has completed the background screen. If verified with conditions, the terms of those conditions will be provided to the affiliate and association through separate correspondence. Screening will also be reflected on the Official Roster and on the Credentials Verification sheet. You can also generate a SafeSport & Screening Report from your Registry. This report will show you the season in which the participant needs to renew their SafeSport Training and Background Screening.

Screening is valid for two seasons. To start a background screen as well as additional information and FAQ go to:

https://www.usahockey.com/backgroundscreen

Members will receive an email after their screening has been submitted for processing which will provide them with an Applicant ID Number.  This number or other identifiers can be used for the member to check their status online at www.ncsisafe.com and click on "check your background screening status".  The status will indicate in process or completed.  The screening process generally takes 10 business days to complete.  

15 (Only) Teams

Per the age classification approved by the USA Hockey Board of Directors and defined in the Annual Guide, the 15 only age classification is for players that are 15 years of age for the current season.  For the 2021-2022 season ONLY birth year 2006's are permitted to be rostered on a 15 ONLY Tier I team.

15 Player Minimums Tier I/II

All Tier I teams, youth and girls are required to have a minimum of 15 players (including goalkeepers). Tier II teams are encouraged to have 15 players, but not required.

 

14U Tier II Girls Teams (Only)

GIRLS 14U TIER II ONLY, Affiliates may permit up to 3 players that are 12 years of age for the current season to be rostered on a Girls 14U Tier II team intending or declared to compete in the District or National Championships or playoffs leading thereto if the Affiliate finds that:

a)  The younger player(s) are from the same local geographic area as the team they intend to play for and are needed to field a Girls 14U Tier II team with a roster size recommended by the ADM, OR

b)  There is no 12U girls team available in the player’s home local geographic area.

Date of birth and US Citizenship Verification

For District and National Championship bound teams, a verification and affirmation that a review of each player's birth certificate has been completed.  When no verification is indicated on the roster or credential verification sheet, a copy of the birth certificate or passport for rostered player will be required.

Number of Players Allowed On A Team

A limit of twenty (20) players at any one time may be registered per team except for high school, girls high school, college and womens college who may roster 30 players and may dress 20 players and, adult and womens teams who may roster 25 players and dress 20 players.  Affiliates may allow their post season (Spring/Summer) teams, formed to play between the end of the last USA Hockey National Youth/Girls Championship and August 31, to have a limit of twenty five (25) players on a roster and may dress twenty (20) players per game.  Check with your Affiliate for more information.