PACIFIC NORTHWEST AMATEUR HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
The safety of its participants is of paramount importance to PNAHA and USA Hockey. This includes not only on-ice safety, but also off-ice safety in any part of our programs. PNAHA has long had systems in place to protect its participants from physical abuse, sexual abuse and other types of abuse and misconduct that can be harmful to youth hockey players. These include without limitation Physical Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Screening, Locker Room Supervision and Hazing Policies, in addition to Codes of Conduct applicable to administrators, coaches, officials, parents, players and spectators.
The mandatory Background Check / Screening Program includes high school and spring/summer hockey programs as well as the usual winter season. Any adult who has routine access to children (under the age of majority), be they referees, coaches (head and assistants), managers, locker room attendants, team drivers etc, must complete the Background Check process PRIOR to participating. Those who do not appear on the current Approved list are disqualified from participating in any PNAHA activities and anyone that does participate without being approved will be referred to the PNAHA disciplinary committee for appropriate action.
The Coaching Ethics Code is intended to provide both the general principles and the decision rules to cover most situations encountered by coaches. It has as its primary goal the welfare and protection of the individuals and groups with whom coaches work. This Code also provides a common set of values. It is the individual responsibility of each coach to aspire to the highest possible standards of conduct. Coaches should respect and protect human civil rights, and should not knowingly participate in or condone unfair discriminatory practices.
All coaches (head, assistant, Student Coach and instructors) must abide by the USA Hockey Coaching Ethics Code in order to be eligible to coach or instruct in any PNAHA/USA Hockey activities (practices, clinics, games, tournaments, tryouts, etc.).
The safety of our youth is our top priority and we look to our coaches to ensure that they are safe on an off the ice.
As per the current USA Safe Sport Handbook:
The head coach for each team shall be responsible for monitoring his or her team so that locker rooms are being properly supervised in accordance with the Locker Room Policy, that the team’s travel is conducted in accordance with the Travel Policy, that all team electronic communications are in accordance with the Electronic Communications Policy, and that any billeting of players is in accordance with the Billeting Policy.
It is recognized that the head coach may not be personally responsible for direct supervision of each of the above areas at all times and may delegate responsibility to team personnel for certain activities or to other properly screened adults, but as the primary supervisor of the team, the head coach shall be responsible for delegating duties as necessary to result in compliance.
An Important part of our SafeSport program is the background screening. PNAHA and USA Hockey’s screening policy includes set criteria for which a person may be disqualified and prohibited from serving as an employee or volunteer of PNAHA and/or USA Hockey. Under the policy, PNAHA 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.
Your screening will be good for two seasons. The new screening scans a wider range of databases and therefore processing can take up to 7 business days. We feel this new program will better protect your children. There will be a $20.00 cost to process your USA background screening. The fee will be collected through the website when you enter your information.
The following persons will be screened in accordance with this policy:
Here are some tips!
The Safesport Program is hosted by the United States Olympic Committee and only uploads completed files to USA Hockey. It does not recognize that you need a Safesport Refresher Course. To complete the Refresher, log into the site and go to the store at the top of the page and find the Safesport Refresher Course and add it to your bag. Checkout and activate. Note that when the course is complete it can 48 hours to upload to the USA Hockey database.
To look up the details of a completed Background Check All USA Positions registration please type in all details exactly as they appear on the final registration.