The safety of its participants is of paramount importance to USA Hockey and North Dakota Amateur Hockey Association. This includes not only on-ice safety, but also off-ice safety in any part of North Dakota Amateur Hockey Association's programs. The USA Hockey SafeSport Program is intended to protect all participants, not just players, from any type of misconduct or abuse.
By pulling together existing USAH off- ice safety policies related behavior and hockey environment management, constructing a supervision and monitoring structure, creating a reporting, investigatory, and response system, production of education and awareness training materials, and enhancing participant screening, USAH has taken giant steps towards improving off-ice safety.
USA Hockey and North Dakota Amateur Hockey Association have a ZERO TOLERANCE policy for abuse and misconduct. Through the USA Hockey SafeSport Program, USA Hockey and North Dakota Amateur Hockey Association are committed to creating the safest possible environment for participation in hockey.
An important part of our SafeSport program is the volunteer background screening, which North Dakota Amateur Hockey Association has had implemented for many years. North Dakota Amateur Hockey Association and USA Hockey’s screening policy includes a set criteria for which a person may be disqualified and prohibited from serving as an employee or volunteer of North Dakota Amateur Hockey Association/USA Hockey. Under the policy, North Dakota Amateur Hockey Association will not authorize or sanction any employee or volunteer who has routine access to children unless that person consents to be screened and passes a criminal background screen conducted by the Affiliate or USA Hockey.
New for the 2013 – 2014 Season
North Dakota Amateur Hockey Association is switching background screening provides and going to a new screening vendor. Instead on an annual basis, the new background screening will be good for two years. The new screening scans a wider range of local and national databases and is processed much quicker than our old system. We are confident this new program will better protect your children and provide a thorough check for all those submitting.
The following persons be screened in accordance with this policy:
**Note: Please be sure to complete the background check that is relevant to your position in the organization. Coaches MUST complete the COACHES ONLY check. All others MUST complete the screening for ALL OTHER PERSONNEL**