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Policies

Sexual Abuse Policy

It is the policy of USA Hockey that there shall be no sexual abuse of any minor participant involved in any of its sanctioned programs, its Training Camps, Hockey Clinics, Coaches Clinics, Referee Clinics, Regional and National Tournaments or other USA Hockey events by an employee, volunteer or independent contractor. Sexual abuse of a minor participant occurs when an employee, volunteer or independent contractor touches a minor participant for the purpose of causing the sexual arousal or gratification of either the minor participant or the employee, volunteer or independent contractor. Sexual abuse of a minor participant also occurs when a minor player touches an employee, volunteer or independent contractor for the sexual arousal or sexual gratification of either the minor participant or the employee, volunteer or independent contractor, if the touching occurs at the request or with the consent of the employee, volunteer or independent contractor.

Neither consent of the player to the sexual contact, mistake as to the participant’s age, nor the fact that the sexual contact did not take place at a hockey function are defenses to a complaint of sexual abuse.

Upon proof of violation of this policy, the violator will be permanently banned or suspended from USA Hockey sanctioned programs and/or the programs of its Affiliate Associations.

Physical Abuse Policy

It is the policy of USA Hockey that there shall be no physical abuse of any participant involved in any of its sanctioned programs, Training Camps, Hockey Clinics, Coaches Clinics, Referee Clinics, Regional and National Tournaments or other USA Hockey events by any employee, volunteer or independent contractor. Physical abuse means physical contact with a participant that intentionally causes the participant to sustain bodily harm or personal injury. Physical abuse also includes physical contact with a participant that intentionally creates a threat of immediate bodily harm or personal injury.

Physical abuse does not include physical contact that is reasonably designed to coach, teach or demonstrate a hockey skill. Permitted physical conduct may include, but is not necessarily limited to, shooting pucks at a goaltender, demonstrating checking and other hockey skills, and communicating with or directing participants, during the course of a game or practice, by touching them in a non-threatening, non-sexual manner.

Screening Policy

It is the policy of USA Hockey that it will not authorize or sanction in its programs that it directly controls any volunteer or employee who has routine access to children (anyone under age of majority) who refuses to consent to be screened by USA Hockey before he/she is allowed to have routine access to children in USA Hockey's programs. Further, it is the policy of USA Hockey that it will require its affiliates to adopt this policy as condition of its affiliation with USA Hockey.

A person may be disqualified and prohibited form serving as an employee or volunteer of USA Hockey if the person has:

  • Been convicted (including crimes the record of which has been expunged and pleas of "no contest'') of a crime of child abuse, sexual abuse of a minor, physical abuse, causing a child's death, neglect of a child, murder, manslaughter, felony assault, any assault against a minor, kidnapping, arson, criminal sexual conduct, prostitution related crimes or controlled substance crimes;
  • Being adjudged liable for civil penalties or damages involving sexual or physical abuse of children;
  • Being subject to any court order involving any sexual abuse or physical abuse of a minor, including but not limited to domestic order or protection;
  • Had their parental rights terminated;
  • A history with another organization (volunteer, employment, etc.) of complaints of sexual or physical abuse of minors;
  • Resigned, been terminated or been asked to resign from a position, whether paid or unpaid, due to complaint(s) of sexual or physical abuse of minors;or
  • Has a history of other behavior that indicates they may be a danger to children in USA Hockey.

The Atlantic Amateur Hockey Association, an affiliate of USA Hockey, will screen all coaches, referees and team managers that have the potential to come in contact with our youth. The purpose of this program is to promote health, safety and protection of the children in the game of ice hockey.

Atlantic Amateur Hockey Association will not authorize or sanction in any of it's programs that it directly controls any volunteer or employee who has routine access to children (anyone under the age of majority), who refuses to consent to be screened by AAHA, prior being issued acceptance/approval for routine access to the children who take part in AAHA programs.