The safety of its participants is of paramount importance to USA Hockey (USAH), the Michigan Amateur Hockey Association (MAHA), and the Kalamazoo Optimist Hockey Association (KOHA). This includes not only on-ice safety, but also off-ice safety in any part of KOHA’s programs. The USA Hockey SafeSport Program is intended to protect all participants, not just players, from any type of misconduct or abuse.
By pulling together existing USAH off- ice safety policies related to behavior and hockey environment management, constructing a supervision and monitoring structure, creating a reporting, investigatory, and response system, production of education and awareness training materials, and enhancing participant screening, USAH has taken giant steps towards improving off-ice safety.
USA Hockey and its affiliates have a ZERO TOLERANCE policy for abuse and misconduct. Through the USA Hockey SafeSport Program, KOHA is committed to creating the safest possible environment for participation in hockey.