Champion Respect. End Abuse.
Dear Hockey Community,
With an increased awareness and focus on safety of youth athletes across the country, there are some key things in which everyone involved in hockey should be made aware. Oceanside Ice Arena strongly supports the efforts by the US Center for SafeSport together with USA Hockey to educate members as to how we (as parents, coaches, administrators and spectators) can do our part to keep this great sport a safe and fun experience for our children to remember for a lifetime.
An email was sent by the US Center for SafeSport in October outlining new tools they have developed for parents to increase their awareness relating to physical, emotional and sexual abuse. (Links to the US Center for SafeSport website along with links to the Parent Toolkit and FREE parent training are included below). While there are many methods used to ensure the continued safety of our athletes such as education, screening, training, locker room monitoring, it is imperative that everyone involved in the sport is vigilant and aware of the potential warning signs associated with abusive behavior.
On February 14, 2018, Congress passed the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and SafeSport Authorization Act of 2017, which is aimed at preventing and reporting sexual, physical, and mental abuse of minors. Among other changes, the law expanded the requirements for mandatory reporting by adults who become aware of children being abused. While the law strictly applies only to employees, volunteers, and other adults who are authorized to be in contact with minors, Oceanside Ice Arena nonetheless expects that all adults will comply given that the law involves the safety and well-being of our children. Failure to meet this expectation could jeopardize future participation in Oceanside Ice Arena programs. In any event, any instances of sexual, physical, or mental abuse of a minor must be reported within 24 hours. Failure to timely report may result in significant civil penalties and even imprisonment for persons covered by the law, or expulsion from Oceanside Ice Arena programs even if not covered. Below are links to the new law and to the US Center for SafeSport. The safety of our children is paramount.
Looking toward the future with advice from the US Center for SafeSport, USA Hockey and Arizona Amateur Hockey Association, Oceanside Ice Arena will continue to proactively find ways to make our hockey environment the safest it can be. This is our firm commitment to the Hockey Community.
DYHA/ Oceanside Board of Directors
U.S. Center for SafeSport Free Parent Training
USA Hockey SafeSport Resource
Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and SafeSport Authorization Act of 2017