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    SafeSport Preseason Checklist

    The SafeSport Training and Refresher Training are each valid for two seasons. Thus, if you took the training during the 2014-2015 season, it was valid for the 2014-2015 and 2015-16 seasons and you will need to complete the SafeSport Refresher course for this 2016-17 season. http://www.usahockey.com/safesporttraining . It is the policy of USA Hockey and the AAHA that those participants who (1) have regular, routine or frequent access to or supervision over minor participants (e.g., coaches, team managers, chaperones, etc.), (2) are responsible for enforcing child abuse and misconduct policies, (3) are in managerial or supervisory roles of a USA Hockey Member Program, and (4) are new and current employees and/or volunteers of a USA Hockey Member Program, shall complete appropriate training

    Screening of all coaches, managers, locker room monitors, officials and others that have regular, routine or frequent access to minor participants are to be screened every two years (see screening schedule below). Those in Pennsylvania (or participate in PA for 30 or more days) are required to comply with Pennsylvania Act 153 (amended by Act 15) screening requirements; o Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance; o Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check; and o Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal Background Check. For more information on the PA requirements go to http://www.atlanticdistrict.org/screening_rules.php If you are not subject to the Pennsylvania law then go to http://www.atlanticdistrict.org/screening.php All PA clubs must report to the AAHA a list of the cleared certificates received by November 30, 2016. Attached is a copy of the report that needs to be filed with Pete Rothman, AAHA SafeSport Coordinator aaha.act15@gmail.com.

    If your Screening Started:

    Year Screened Pennsylvania Compliance Not Subjet to PA Law AAHA Compliance
    2015-2016 You were screened under PA153 You were Screened through AAHA - Verified Volunteers
    2016-2017 No Current Screening Required No Current Screening Required
    2017-2018 AAHA Screening Required AAHA Screening Required
    2018-2019 No Current Screening Required No Current Screening Required
    2019-2020  AAHA Screening Required AAHA Screening Required
    2020-2021 PA 153 Screening Required No Current Screening Required

     

    If your Screening Started:
     

    Year Screened Year Screened Pennsylvania Compliance Not subject to PA Law - AAHA Compliance
    2016-2017 PA 153 Screening Required AAHA Screening Required
    2017-2018 No Current Screening Required No Current Screening Required
    2018-2019 AAHA Screening Required AAHA Screening Required
    2019-2020 No Current Screening Required No Current Screening Required
    2020-2021 AAHA Screening Required AAHA Screening Required
    2021-2022 PA 153 Screening Required No Current Screening Required

     

    Locker Room Monitors that have followed the above training and screening procedures should be scheduled for the season. It is the policy of USA Hockey that all USA Hockey Member Programs must have at least one responsible screened adult (which may include coaches, managers or other volunteers) present monitoring the locker room during all team events. Acceptable locker room monitoring could include having locker room monitors inside the locker room while participants are in the locker room, or could include having a locker room monitor in the immediate vicinity (near the door within arm’s length and so that the monitor can sufficiently hear inside the locker room) outside the locker room that also regularly and frequently enters the locker room to monitor activity inside.

    Review your organizations Electronic Communications Policy. If the player is under the age of 18, any email, text, social media, or similar communication must also copy or include the player’s parents. Coaches are prohibited from having players joined to or connected through their personal Facebook page or any other similar social media application. To facilitate communication, an official organization or team page may be set up and players and parents may join (i.e., “friend”) the official organization or team page and coaches can communicate to players though that site. All electronic communication of any kind between coach and player, including use of social media, must be non-personal in nature and be for the purpose of communicating information about team activities or for team oriented motivational purposes.

    Submit your Organization’s SafeSport Coordinator Name and Contact Information to Pete Rothman by September 1, 2016. This individual should be familiar with the USA Hockey SafeSport Program Handbook. http://assets.ngin.com/attachments/document/0102/5713/USA_Hockey_SafeSport_Program_Handbook.pdf

    Coming this September (scheduled) USA Hockey will publish a SafeSport Manual.

    If you have any questions during the season please call Pete Rothman 610.721.4378 or email pete@rbcpa.net.

    MAWHA Announcement

    MAWHA Membership:

    For the past 11 years as President of MAWHA Donna Guariglia dedicated her time and efforts to the growth of girls hockey.  Under Donna's leadership the MAWHA League has grown to be one of the largest organized girls hockey leagues in USA Hockey.  Donna has submitted her resignation to the MAHWA Board of Directors and the board has accepted her resignation. 

    With the MAWHA Presidency being vacated mid term; the By-Laws provide for the Executive Vice President to assume the responsibilities of President for the remainder of the term.   At this time Paul Bardell will assume the responsibilities of MAWHA President for the remainder of the current term.  

    The MAWHA Board of Directors would like to thank Donna for her years of leadership and support in the MAWHA League.  Donna will continue to work on the USA Hockey Board of Directors serving as the Treasurer and will still be very much involve with girls/womens hockey within USA Hockey and the Atlantic District.

    MAWHA Board of Directors

    MAWHA - Announcements

    In an effort to keep the Member's Contact information accurate and up to date, we request an updated club contact sheet at each Annual Membership meeting.  This year we did not receive a sheet from several clubs and to help facilitate the collection of Club Contact we have integrated the Club Contact Information gathering on the MAWHA website.

    Please take a few minutes to provide us the Club Contact information that is requested (President, Treasurer, Director/Ace Coordinator, and Referee Assigner)  This information will allow the MAWHA information to be properly distributed with a current contact information.

    The Website Link to the Contact Collection form is MAWHA Club Contact Collection Form

    ** ** ** ** MAWHA Weather Policy ** ** ** **

    MAWHA has never declared a cancellation day due to weather.  However, MAWHA does empower our members to do the right thing and keep all player and families safe during hazardous travel conditions.

    If teams choose to cancel your game please work to have it rescheduled prior to the end of the regular season.

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    *** PA Act 153 and USA Hockey ***

    All Pennsylvania teams and teams that have played 30 or more games in Pennsylvania.

     USA Hockey has allowed PA coaches, managers and anyone that is required to be screened under PA Act 153 to have fulfilled the USAH screening requirement under a one year pilot program.  For more information on the screening requirements under Pennsylvania Commonwealth Law go to http://www.atlantic-district.org/screening_rules.php

    To meet the requirements for the USAH screening you need to complete the attached report and return it to the AAHA SafeSport Coordinator by February 29, 2016.  This is for Pennsylvania organizations and other teams that have played 30 or more games in Pennsylvania! 

    Please return the completed report to aaha.act15@gmail.com

    Thanks
    Pete Rothman
    AAHA SafeSport Coordinator
    aaha.act15@gmail.com

    Cell:  610.721.4378