Education is a key component of any abuse and misconduct prevention strategy. Awareness training provides relevant participants with information necessary to more effectively monitor their organization, minimize the opportunities for physical and sexual abuse and other types of misconduct, and respond to concerns.
USA Field Hockey coaches, umpires, and member club administrators are the representatives that are primarily and directly responsible for administering and supervising field hockey events at the local level. As such, these representatives are required to be fully versed in USA Field Hockey’s Safe Sport Program and possess the information necessary to more effectively monitor their organization, minimize the opportunities for child physical and sexual abuse and other types of misconduct, and respond to concerns. Club board members, parents, volunteers and athletes are strongly advised to be fully versed in the program.
USA Field Hockey has adopted the United States Olympic Committee’s Safe Sport training materials, which include a series of free online training videos in the following subjects. The training videos are approximately 90 minutes long in total.
Lesson 1: The Coach-Athlete Relationship
Lesson 2: Bullying & Harassment
Lesson 3: Hazing
Lesson 4: Emotional Misconduct
Lesson 5: Physical Misconduct
Lesson 6: Sexual Misconduct
Lesson 7: Sexual Abuse
Lesson 8: Grooming
Lesson 9: Minimizing High-Risk Opportunities
Lesson 10: Local Travel
Lesson 11: Overnight Travel
Lesson 12: Signs & Symptoms of Abuse
Lesson 13: The Barriers to Reporting Abuse
Lesson 14: Reporting and Responding to Misconduct & Abuse
Coach, umpire and club administrators including all High Performance, Futures and Futures Elite Academies coaches and staff members are required to complete the Safe Sport training. Each of the required members must do this every two years, by January 31 of the applicable year. Upon completion of the Safe Sport training, each Required Member must inform USA Field Hockey that he or she has completed the training by an email to the Safe Sport email mailbox: firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, the Required Member must save a copy of the certification of completion and supply it when asked to by a USA Field Hockey staff member. Failure to complete training will result in dis-qualification from participating in the USA Field Hockey program until completed.
Safe Sport: It begins with you – Education; Prevention; Protection, and Enforcement.