One-On-One Interactions

The majority of child sexual abuse is perpetrated in isolated, one-on-one situations. USA Hockey requires that Applicable Adults shall not engage in any prohibited one-on-one interactions with any minor Participants. By reducing such interactions between minors and adults, USA Hockey seeks to reduce the risk of child sexual abuse in its programs.

A. Observable and interruptible

One-on-one interactions between a minor Participant and an Applicable Adult at a Facility are permitted if they occur at an observable and interruptible distance by another adult and the other adult is made aware of the interaction. One-on-one interactions between minor Participants and an Applicable Adult at a Facility are prohibited, except for meetings with mental health care professionals and health care providers as described below, and under emergency circumstances.

B. Meetings

Meetings between Applicable Adults and minor Participants at a Facility may only occur if another adult is present and is advised the meeting is taking place, except under emergency circumstances. Such meetings must occur where interactions can be easily observed and at an interruptible distance from another adult. If a one-on-one meeting takes place in an office at a Facility, the door to the office must remain unlocked and open. If available, it will occur in an office that has windows, with the windows, blinds, and/or curtains remaining open during the meeting.

C. Meetings with mental health care professionals and health care providers

If a mental health care professional and/or health care provider meets with minor Participants at a Facility, a closed-door meeting may be permitted to protect patient privacy provided that: (1) the door remains unlocked; (2) another adult is present at the Facility; (3) the other adult is advised that a closed-door meeting is occurring; and (4) written legal guardian consent is obtained in advance by the mental health care professional and/or health care provider, with a copy provided to the Member Program.

D. Individual training sessions

Individual training sessions between Applicable Adults and minor Participants are permitted at a Facility if the training session is observable and interruptible by another adult. It is the responsibility of the Applicable Adult toobtain the written permission of the minor’s legal guardian in advance of the individual training session if theindividual training session is not observable and interruptible by another adult. Permission for individual training sessions must be obtained at least every six months. Parents, guardians, and other caretakers must be allowed to observe the training session.

E. Out-of-program contacts

Coaches are prohibited from interacting one-on-one with unrelated minor Participants in settings outside of theprogram that are not observable and interruptible (including, but not limited to, one’s home and individualtransportation). All other Applicable Adults are prohibited from interacting one-on-one with unrelated minor Participants in settings outside of the program that are not observable and interruptible (including, but not limitedto, one’s home and individual transportation), unless parent/legal guardian consent is provided in advance. Nonetheless, such arrangements may raise risks of actual or perceived misconduct, and are strongly discouraged.