USA Field Hockey aspires to implement an effective reporting policy that results in reports of suspected abuse and misconduct and does not in any way deter victims or witnesses from reporting abuse and misconduct, is a key element to preventing abuse and misconduct from occurring. Potential abusers will avoid involvement in a program where there is a likelihood that suspected abuse will be reported. When USA Field Hockey stakeholders are untrained about how and when to report suspected abuse, they may feel ill-prepared, powerless and lost when it comes to responding to and reporting misconduct. By providing this guidance on when and how to report suspected misconduct, USA Field Hockey seeks to remove barriers to disclosing misconduct, including child physical and sexual abuse.
To Whom to Report
Suspicions or allegations of child physical or sexual abuse may, and in many cases must, be made to the appropriate law enforcement authorities. In order to further protect USA Field Hockey programs and participants, such reports should also be made to USA Field Hockey's Safe Sport Representative or Safe Sport Committee.
To read more about mandatory reporting and state reporting laws, visit: http://www.childwelfare.gov/systemwide/laws_policies/statutes/manda.cfm
For state toll-free child abuse reporting numbers, visit: http://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/reslist/rl_dsp.cfm?rs_id=5&rate_chno=W-00082
To search the definitions of child abuse by state, visit: http://www.childwelfare.gov/systemwide/laws_policies/state/
Reports of violations of any of USA Field Hockey’s Safe Sport policies or any violations of the Safe Sport Program Handbook shall be made to the Safe Sport Representative and Safe Sport Committee.
How to Report
Reports to USA Field Hockey may be made by: filing out the Misconduct Report Form, e-mailing to SafeSport@usafieldhockey.com, or calling 719-866-4567.
USA Field Hockey will take a report in the way that is most comfortable for the person initiating a report including an anonymous, in-person, verbal or written report. Regardless of how an individual chooses to report, it is helpful to USA Field Hockey for individuals to provide, at a minimum:
1. Name(s) and contact information of the complainant(s).
2. Type of misconduct alleged.
3. Name(s) of the individual(s) alleged to have committed the misconduct.
4. Approximate dates the misconduct was committed.
5. Names of other individuals who might have information regarding the alleged misconduct.
6. A summary statement of the reasons to believe that misconduct has occurred.
Member Clubs that are Safe Sport Certified have made the commitment to adopt these reporting policies as well as protection and prevention policies. Member Club Safety Systems should incorporate these reporting policies.
MISCONDUCT REPORT FORM (.pdf)
Safe Sport: It begins with you – Education; Prevention; Protection, and Enforcement.