USA Field Hockey

USA Field Hockey and SafeSport

The safety of its participants is of paramount importance to USA Field Hockey.

USA Field Hockey has a ZERO TOLERANCE for abuse and misconduct. This includes not only on the field, but also safety off the pitch in any of USA Field Hockey’s programs.

Playing field hockey is about enjoyment, teamwork and a space to learn not only the sport but critical life lessons and character development. For our athletes to gain these benefits, their well-being must always be put first.  

Important Policies
USA Field Hockey Athlete Safety Policy and SafeSport Code

SafeSport Updates

New! Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies

USA Field Hockey is excited to announce enhancements to our Safe Sport policy and education requirements as part of our continued commitment to safeguarding our athletes.

USA Field Hockey MAAPP Policies

Reporting or Questions?

Email us if you have general questions about SafeSport.

To Report Sexual Misconduct to the U.S. Center for SafeSport, please click here.

To Report other forms of Misconduct (physical/emotional), please

click here.

To Report Child Abuse to the Local Authorities, please click here.

The U.S. Center for SafeSport is a national non-profit organization providing education, resources and training to promote respect and prevent abuse in sport. The Center is governed by a nine-member board of directors, which includes subject-matter experts in the areas of abuse prevention and investigation, ethics compliance and sport administration.

Launch & Purpose

We are pleased to announce the U.S. Center for SafeSport, located in Denver, opened in March 2017. Through its abuse prevention and response programming, the Center seeks to enable every athlete to thrive by fostering a national sport culture of respect and safety, on and off the playing field.

Specifically, the Center will provide education and prevention resources related to:

  • Emotional misconduct
  • Physical misconduct
  • Sexual misconduct
  • Bullying
  • Hazing
  • Harassment


The Center's Education and Outreach Office will administer national prevention programming, raise issue awareness, and provide resources and training to promote respect and prevent abuse.
  • The Center will provide education materials, including talking points, fact sheets, brochures and training materials, and will centralize best practices.
  • The Center will offer sport organizations easy access to educational opportunities for their coaches, staff, volunteers, parents and athletes.


The Center's Response and Resolution Office will investigate and resolve alleged policy violations of the SafeSport Code for the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement's 47 member National Governing Bodies, including USA Field Hockey.

  • The SafeSport Code identifies prohibited conduct and serves as the benchmark by which the Center determines whether or not a policy violation has occurred.

  • Aggregate data from Center investigations will be used to identify trends and patterns across sport, strengthening national prevention efforts.

    All individuals, regardless of membership with USA Field Hockey, are encouraged to report suspected violations of the SafeSport Code. Covered Individuals who are over the age of 18 are required to report suspected SafeSport Code violations related to or accompanying sexual misconduct. Covered Individuals who fail to report SafeSport Code violations may be subject to disciplinary action.

    How to Report Individuals should report suspected SafeSport Code violations directly to the Center. 

    Reporting to the Center: Reporting to USA Field Hockey:
    Phone: (719) 866-4339
    Form: SafeSport Misconduct Reporting Form

    Legally Mandated Reporting

    Reporting alleged criminal conduct to USA Field Hockey or the Center will not satisfy any individual mandatory reporting requirements under state or federal law. Click here to view state-by-state mandatory reporting laws to determine your reporting obligations and options.


    The Center has jurisdiction over Covered Individuals.

    These are persons:

    • Within the governance or disciplinary jurisdiction of USA Field Hockey

    • USA Field Hockey and/or the USOC authorizes, approves or appoints to a position of authority over athletes or who will have frequent contact with athletes

    • Identified by USA Field Hockey as being within the Center's jurisdiction

    The Center will have the exclusive authority to investigate and resolve alleged SafeSport Code violations involving sexual misconduct. USA Field Hockey will retain the authority to investigate and resolve alleged SafeSport Code violations that are non-sexual in nature. Although, at USA Field Hockey's request, the Center may exercise the discretionary authority to take on cases of this nature.