Our number one goal is to assure that we provide a safe environment for all of our players. Accordingly, we are implementing USA Hockey's SafeSport program. While USA Hockey has long had systems in place to protect its participants from physical abuse, sexual abuse, and other types of abuse and misconduct that can be harmful to youth hockey players, the USA Hockey SafeSport Program is designed to update and collect USA Hockey's various policies to protect its participants.
The USA Hockey SafeSport Program Handbook can be found on the USA Hockey website. It includes various information on policies, education and training, screening and background check program, reporting of concerns of abuse, responding to concerns, and monitoring. We encourage all members to familiarize themselves with this handbook, specifically the policies involving sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse, bullying, threats and harassment and hazing. USA Hockey maintains a zero tolerance policy for these which South Pittsburgh Hockey Club (SPHC) supports.
As part of our support for this program, SPHC has designated one of the Board members to serve as the SafeSport coordinator for our organization. This individual will be designated as such on the SPHC website where you can also find their contact information. Detailed questions on the SafeSport program as well as the reporting of any violations and the process to handle reporting can be directed directly to this individual.
In addition, SPHC has implemented several new or updated policies, including a Locker Room Policy which includes Social Media, Mobile and Electronic Communications use.
As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact any of the Board members directly.
Pittsburgh Amateur Hockey League
The Pittsburgh Amateur Hockey League (PAHL) was incorporated in 1961. The PAHL is an affiliate member of USA Hockey in the Mid American District.
Currently the PAHL has 28 member associations in Western PA, northern West Virginia, and eastern Ohio. Member associations field youth teams and girls teams in all age categories. Over 5600 players participate during the season in league competition.
Atlantic Hockey Federation
The Atlantic Hockey Federation (“AHF”) is a USA Hockey Sanctioned Elite Tier-II Youth Hockey League that facilitates games throughout the United States for its members and families. Committed to providing high-quality league games, the AHF caters to over 600 member-owned clubs, spanning AA divisions for age groups 9U, 10, 11U, 12U, 13U, 14U, 15U, 16U, and 18U. Additionally, the league offers A/B hockey at the 10U, 12U, 14U age groups, as well as 16U A and 18U A levels. What sets the AHF apart is its unique structure, with each of its founders and member clubs operating across all levels of the youth and junior hockey spectrum, from Mite to Midget at the youth level, and from Tier III juniors to Tier I juniors in the USHL.
Atlantic Girls Hockey Federation
The Atlantic Girls Hockey Federation (“AGHF”) is a USA Hockey Sanctioned Elite Tier-II Youth Hockey League that facilitates games throughout the Mid-Atlantic for its club members and families. The AGHF provides high-quality league games and showcases for over 60 teams in the Mid-Atlantic uniquely catering to its member-owned clubs. The AGHF currently fields girls hockey programs at Platinum and Diamond divisions for the following age groups: the 10U, 12U, 14U (Diamond/Platinum), 16U (Diamond/Platinum), and 19U age levels. The AGHF is truly a unique opportunity as each of the Founders and Member clubs operate at all levels of girls' hockey, making it a unique experience for all players.
USA Hockey provides the foundation for the sport of ice hockey in America; helps young people become leaders, even Olympic heroes; and connects the game at every level while promoting a lifelong love of the sport.