a. Player movement
i. No player will be allowed to play in a Mawha league game unless rostered with AAHA USA Hockey Registrar and Mawha league rosters for the team and confirmed by the appropriate Vice President (or Commissioner).
ii. Until December 31st players within a club can move (with appropriate notification and confirmation) within an age division and/or between age divisions, as long as age appropriate (goalies exempt).
iii. A player who has played in 3 (goalies; 5) or more Mawha Tier I league games during the current season may not move to Tier II or lower without Executive Board approval.
iv. Notification of the move must be made (by telephone or email) to the appropriate Vice President (or Commissioner if the appropriate Vice President is not available) no later than noon the immediate Friday before the Mawha league game. · Age groups 8U, 10U and 12U – Vice President · Age group 14U, 16U and 19U – Executive Vice President
v. Once a player move is confirmed, they cannot be moved back to, or to another Mawha team for the weekend. If the player is to be moved back to, or to another team the next weekend, this player movement procedure must be followed for the next weekend.
vi. Required information in notification to the appropriate Vice President; 13 · Club Name · Player’s Name · Birth Date · Uniform Number · Position · Team (Age and Division) Movement From · Team (Age and Division) Movement To · Club representative name, email address and cell phone number requesting the move.
vii. The appropriate Vice President will email confirmation of the player move to the club official that requested the move. viii. Failure to follow the above notification process may cause the player to be declared ineligible, the club fined and/or the game forfeited by the Commissioner
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 November 1, 2017 This is for Pennsylvania organizations and other teams that have played 30 or more games in Pennsylvania!
SafeSport's handbook is considered a "living" document where it is constantly updated. The attachment is the handbook updated as of 9/22/15.
The 2017-2018 season is just about here. All coaches, managers and anyone with frequent contact with players under age 18 must have completed the SafeSport Online Training every other year http://www.usahockey.com/safesporttraining . This includes locker room monitors. Managers and other volunteers will need to register with USA Hockey which is free.
Screening - The same volunteers must be screened every other year. Go to the Screening Tab on http://www.atlantic-district.org/ for more information. PA coaches and volunteers must also be screened using the PA law. See the below section on PA Screening.
Attached is a list of potential fines and penalties. Please be timely posting scores, submitting paperwork and having a representative at meetings.
It is the responsibility of the head coach to notify the commissioner of all major penalties by submitting a copy of the score sheet to the commissioner by noon the Monday following the game. Either via Fax 610.701.5402 or email email@example.com . This includes both league and non-league games.
Any late submission will include a $30 fine assessed to the club.
MAWHA Commissioner - Pete Rothman
FROM: GLENN HEFFERAN, AAHA President
On July 1, 2015, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania placed into law, Act 15 of 2015 (which amended Act 153 of 2014) and established various screening and background check requirements for those persons who are "responsible for a child�s welfare or have direct and routine contact with children�. This Act applies to academic institutions, childcare programs as well as youth sports programs, teams and associations. As a result, the AAHA is setting forth the following policy;
NOTE: Pennsylvania Governor Wolf has waived the fees for the above two certificates for volunteers only.
NOTE: Date for completion: The AAHA requires all volunteers and paid persons to complete the certification process not later than December 31, 2015. Employees hired after December 31, 2014 and volunteers selected after August 25, 2015 must complete the appropriate screening process before beginning work or service.
For high school programs, the school�s Athletic Director or varsity head coach and league appointee shall be responsible for verifying compliance and maintaining the appropriate credentials.
PROCESS FOR ON-ICE GAME OFFICIALS -
2) In accordance with the law, any employee/independent contractor who was hired or selected after December 31, 2014 would normally be required to provide all 3 certifications before starting work. While the Child Abuse and State Criminal Certifications come back within a few days, the FBI fingerprinting certification can take up to 2 months.
The Atlantic District (AAHA) has agreed to allow such officials to take advantage of a part of Act 15 that allows them to work provisionally under December 321, 2015 if they: (1) provide copies of their Child Abuse and state Criminal certifications; and (2) provide their completed application showing they've applied for their FBI certification and (3) sign the Provisional Employment Affidavit. Click here for a copy of the Provisional Employment Affidavit.
3) Also, officials who are minors (age 14-17) may also be exempted from the FBI fingerprinting if they sign the Minor Employee Affidavit and comply with its terms. Click here for the Affidavit
4) All level 1 officials who were not registered USAH Officials as of December 31, 2014 and reside or officiate in Pennsylvania may not accept any assignments until completing all three (3) Checks (FBI, State Police and Child Abuse Certificates).
You may email your credentials to: Info@Atlantic-District.org
8) For those officials that reside in the Commonwealth of PA or who will officiate in the Commonwealth of PA, will only need to do their screening in compliance with Act 15. You are not required to do the USA Hockey requirement of being screened thru the Atlantic District.
Note to all, regardless of paid or volunteer position:
If an individual is arrested for or convicted of an offense that would constitute grounds for denying employment or participation in a program, activity or services under Act 15, or is named as a perpetrator in a founded or indicated report, the individual shall provide their program administrator or designee with written notice not later than 72 hours after the arrest, conviction or notification that the person has been listed as a perpetrator in the Statewide database.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. https://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 email@example.com.
Roster changes may be made after December 31st , however players added to the roster after December 31st are not eligible for District playoffs or MAWHA league games and playoffs.