Our number one goal is to assure that we provide a safe environment for all of our players. Accordingly, we are implementing USA Hockey's SafeSport program. While 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, the USA Hockey SafeSport Program is designed to update and collect USA Hockey's various policies to protect its participants.
The USA Hockey SafeSport Program Handbook can be found on the USA Hockey website. It includes various information on policies, education and training, screening and background check program, reporting of concerns of abuse, responding to concerns, and monitoring. We encourage all members to familiarize themselves with this handbook, specifically the policies involving sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse, bullying, threats and harassment and hazing. USA Hockey maintains a zero tolerance policy for these which SAHA supports.
As part of our support for this program, SAHA has designated one of the Board members to serve as the SafeSport coordinator for our organization. This individual will be designated as such on the SAHA website where you can also find their contact information. Detailed questions on the SafeSport program as well as the reporting of any violations and the process to handle reporting can be directed directly to this individual.
In addition, SAHA has implemented several new or updated policies, including a Locker Room Policy which includes Social Media, Mobile and Electronic Communications use.
As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact any of the Board members directly.
Pittsburgh Amateur Hockey League
The Pittsburgh Amateur Hockey League (PAHL) was incorporated in 1961. The PAHL is an affiliate member of USA Hockey in the Mid American District.
Currently the PAHL has 28 member associations in Western PA, northern West Virginia, and eastern Ohio. Member associations field youth teams and girls teams in all age categories. Over 5600 players participate during the season in league competition.
USA Hockey provides the foundation for the sport of ice hockey in America; helps young people become leaders, even Olympic heroes; and connects the game at every level while promoting a lifelong love of the sport.