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Safesport, STAR, & Concussions


The safety of its participants is of paramount importance to USA Hockey.  This includes not only on-ice safety, but also off-ice safety in any part of USA Hockey’s programs.  

USA Hockey 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 USA Hockey SafeSport Handbook is intended to update and collect USA Hockey’s various policies to protect its youth participants from all types of misconduct and abuse.  

USA Hockey has ZERO TOLERANCE for abuse and misconduct.

This SafeSport Handbook includes the various Policies that apply to all USA Hockey Member Programs.  Those Policies address

  • Sexual Abuse
  • Physical Abuse
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Bullying, Threats and Harassment
  • Hazing 

The Policies also address areas where misconduct can occur and are intended to reduce the risk of potential abuse, including:

  • Locker Room Policy
  • Social Media, Mobile and Electronic Communications Policy
  • Travel Policy
  • Billeting Policy

By combining all of these elements into a comprehensive SafeSport Program, USA Hockey intends to create the safest possible environment for participation in hockey.


The mission of the Michigan Amateur Hockey Association's S.T.A.R. HOCKEY program is to provide a youth hockey environment in which all the individuals are treated with respect and dignity for the enjoyment and personal development of everyone.

SHARED: We all can all be STARS if we simply adopt shared guidelines and values below and make the game more enjoyable and safer.

TOLERANCE:  Patience, leniency, and acceptance of amateurs, particularly coaches and referees, but also players and sometimes parents new to the sport.

APPRECIATION: Awareness, understanding, and gratitude for what all volunteer participants must go through to become involved.

RESPECT:  Value, consideration, and recognition for the individual contributions and sacrifices by coaches, officials, and parents to make youth hockey possible.

It is important to understand that youth hockey really is just a game.  Everyone who makes it possible, from parents to officials, volunteer their time, effort, and money so that kids can play.  The officials and coaches are not professionals...most are volunteers doing the best job they can.  By embracing the S.T.A.R. HOCKEY Code of Conduct, we will all be making an effort toward showing our genuine appreciation and respect for everyone associated with the game.


Michigan became the 39th U.S. state to enact a law that regulates sports concussions and return to athletic activity.  The law went into full effect on June 30th, 2013.

The sports concussion legislation requires all coaches, employees, volunteers, and other adults involved with a youth athletic activity to complete a concussion awareness on-line training program.

The organizing entity must provide educational materials on the signs/symptoms and consequences of concussions to each youth athlete and their parents/guardians and obtain a signed statement acknowledging receipt of the information for the organizing entity to keep on record.

The law also requires immediate removal of an athlete from physical participation in an athletic activity who is suspected of sustaining a concussion. The student athlete must then receive written clearance from an appropriate health professional before he or she can return to physical activity.


Please direct any questions you may have regarding Safesport or STAR to:

Safesport Representative Open Position

Safesport Representative