Reading and learning are great ways to pass these difficult times. Right now coaches can gain knowledge by completing their Online Modules and Online Level 3 Re-Certification (for those who are eligible) and get a head start on the upcoming season. You can also go online to complete your USA Hockey Member Registration for the 2020-21 season.
In order to comply with new requirements from the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC), USA Hockey will be implementing a national level background screening program. This program will replace all USAH Affiliate coordinated background screen programs.
Why must officials be screened?
Per USA Hockey and USOPC policy, all coaches, officials, board members, employees, volunteers, billets and anyone else who will have regular contact with, or authority over, minor athletes are required to submit a background screen before any contact with minor athletes.
Who is required to be screened?
Officials who are 18 years-old (or older) prior to June 1 of the current year.
Any official, 18 years-old (or older) without a completed valid background screen (national or USAH Affiliate coordinated) after April 1, 2019.
All national background screens are valid for two seasons, and starting on June 1, 2020 a national background screen must be completed and in good standing before receiving an officiating card and crest.
What are the timelines for launching the national background screen program?
Beginning on April 1, 2020, background screening will be conducted by our national background screen vendor, National Center for Safety Initiatives (NCSI), and information on background screening will be included following your registration.
As of March 22, 2020, applicants will no longer be able to submit new USA Hockey background screens through USAH Affiliate vendors, and will not be able to submit new screens through NCSI until April 1, 2020.
If you were screened after April 1, 2019 for the 2019-20 season, your screen is valid for the 2020-21 season, and you will not need to be screened under the new system until prior to the 2021-22 season. If your most recent screen is from prior to April 1, 2019, you will need to be screened under the new system, after April 1, 2020, in order to participate in the upcoming season.
All new screens submitted through the new NCSI national screening program after April 1, 2020 will be valid for two seasons. For example, a screen submitted and approved on April 15, 2020 will be valid through the end of the 2021-22 season, which is August 31, 2022.
How can members complete their required background screen?
A link to submit for screening will be included in your membership registration confirmation email and posted in the drop-down menu under the OFFICIALS tab at USAHockey.com.
Background screens through NCSI under the national program will cost $30 for all domestic screens. For international screens (members who have lived outside of the U.S. for six consecutive months in any one county during the past 7 years) the flat rate fee is $150. If that country is solely Canada, the flat rate fee is $75.
Where can members go with questions about the national background screen program?
Please refer to the USA Hockey Background Screen webpage at USAHockey.com.
Although many institutions are organizations are shut down in the current situation the CSYHA board is exploring options to meet for our normal board meetings (next schedules for 3/25/2020) using virtual options.
Should any of our community have questions, concerns, or issues they would like to bring to our attention please email them to our secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will discuss at our next scheduled meeting. Should everything go well in our first virtual meeting we will explore adding others in the future should members or visitors feel the need or desire to join remotely.
Thanks for all of the support to our program and please know that we are continuing to work behind the scenes to make sure we are ready to go for the 2020-21 season as soon as we get permission to get back in the IcePlex.
Reprint from USA Hockey from Friday, March 20, 2020
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado – USA Hockey announced today the revision of its national player development plans for 2020 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic as detailed below.
In addition, USA Hockey strongly recommends the cancellation of all affiliate tryouts, district tryouts, district/multi-district development camps for all birth years for the spring and summer of 2020.
“Our number one priority is the safety of our players, officials, coaches, volunteers and families involved,” said Kevin McLaughlin, assistant executive director of hockey development for USA Hockey. “We estimate roughly 9,000 individuals or families are involved in these activities across the country and with the uncertainty of the coronavirus situation we all face and the logistics involved with these events, the leaders in our organization from across the country felt it was important to make a decision now that had best interests of everyone involved, with safety being at the forefront.”
McLaughlin noted that decision to tentatively hold the Boys Select 16 and 17 National Camps and Girls Under-18 Selection National Camp will continue to be reviewed daily and that invitations to those camps, if they are ultimately held, will come from USA Hockey’s national office, with input from USA Hockey coaches, scouts, district player development representatives and other hockey personnel.
USA Hockey will continue to post updates related to the coronavirus situation at USAHockey.com.
NOTES: In addition to the player development camps listed above, USA Hockey has canceled the National Team Development Program tryout camp.
The Morrisville IcePlex was closed to the general public on 17 March and will remain closed until further notice.
CSYHA is eager to get going on the next season but will remain on hold with the rest of the nation until the current health crisis calms down. The health and safety of our organization is very important to us. To our families in CSYHA and our SUMY Morrisville family we wish everyone well; stay healthy!