Beginning in 2013, USA Hockey has implemented a new program called SafeSport. SafeSport is an initiative coming from the USOC to provide a safe and supportive environment for all athletes. It is mandated that all USA Hockey Member organizations comply with the USA Hockey guidelines and CAHA has also mandated support at the State Level and FHA has embraced the SafeSport initiative.
In brief, SafeSport is a set of policies and procedures to place increased protection for the sports participants from physical abuse, sexual abuse and other forms of abuse or misconduct. The actual program includes updated policies for managing locker rooms, team travel, as well as managing of social media and the use of mobile devices and how they may be used for participant communications.
FHA strongly encourages all of our members to read the USA Hockey SafeSport Handbook. USA Hockey also has published a training video that we recommend all of our members to view. All FHA members must also be familiar with our FHA policies for Locker Rooms & Team Travel.