HCSP & Risk Management
What is a Hockey Canada Safety Person (HCSP)?
The Hockey Canada Safety Program utilizes a proactive, preventative, common-sense approach to keeping our children safe. The goal of the program is for the safety people to implement effective risk management programs with their own teams where player safety is the first priority at all times, both on and off the ice.
The safety person is a volunteer who has received HCSP accreditation. The HCSP program must be successfully completed every three (3) years in order to be a team’s safety person, even if the individual is a medical professional.
Hockey Canada Safety Program (HCSP) Guidelines:
- The minimum age for participants is 19 years of age as of December 31 of the current season.
- HCSP accreditation expires after three (3) years.
- It is mandatory to have at least one (1) certified official on each team.
- All teams intending to participate in BC Hockey Championships must include an official accredited in the HCSP by December 1 of the current season.
Find a Hockey Canada Safety Person Clinic (Online thru BC Hockey)
What is the role of the Hockey Canada Safety Person?
The following are responsibilities the safety person should assume to prepare for potential injury to a player:
- Maintain accurate medical information files on all players and bring to all team activities.
- Maintain a player injury log.
- Maintain a fully-stocked first aid kit and bring to all team activities.
- Implement an effective Emergency Action Plan with your team and practice it regularly to ensure all involved understand their roles and are prepared to act promptly when an incident occurs.
- Recognize life-threatening and significant injuries, and be prepared to deal with serious injury.
- Manage minor injuries according to basic injury management principles and refer players to medical professionals when necessary.
- Recognize injuries that require a player to be removed from action. Refer players to medical professionals and coordinate return to play.
- Facilitate communication with players, coaches, parents, physicians, therapists, paramedical personnel, officials and other volunteers regarding safety, injury prevention and player’s health status.
In a situation where a player is injured on the ice, the following are the responsibilities of the safety person:
- Initially take control and assess the situation when coming into contact with the injured player.
- Instruct the player to lay still.
- Instruct bystanders to leave the injured player alone.
- Do not move the athlete and leave all the equipment in place.
- Evaluate the injury and situation. This may include anything from an unconscious player to a sprained finger. Once you have determined the severity of the injury, decide whether or not an ambulance or medical care is required.
- If the injury is serious and warrants immediate attention that you are not qualified to provide, seek out someone with the highest possible level of first aid/medical expertise.
As the safety person, you should be aware of those individuals on your team with these qualifications and arrange a signal should you need their assistance.
- If an ambulance is required, notify your call person with a pre-determined signal. Give a brief explanation of the injury and tell them to call for an ambulance. Let the injured player know that an ambulance is being called and why. This could reduce fear and panic on the part of the player.
- Once the call has been placed, observe the player carefully for any change in condition and try to calm and reassure the player until medical professionals arrive. STAY CALM. Keep an even tone in your voice.
- Make a note of the time at which the injury occurred and keep track in writing of all pertinent facts regarding the accident, including time of occurrence, time of ambulance arrival, etc.
Becoming a Hockey Canada Safety Person (HCSP)
To be rostered as a Safety Person (HCSP) you are required to do the following:
- If you don't already have a Hockey Canada profile, contact Tina O'Connor and ask her to set one up for you.
- NEW for 2020 Season! Complete the Planning a Safe Return to Hockey course can be accessed through the Hockey University platform. This course is mandatory and free for the 2020-21 Season.
- Complete a Criminal Records Check (CRC) and Vulnerable Persons Check (VPC). There is no charge for this request.
- Complete the BC Hockey online course, Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders. The cost of this course will be reimbursed.
- Complete the BC Hockey online course, Concussion Awareness Training Tool. There is no charge for this course.
- Complete the BC Hockey online course, Hockey Canada Safety Person. The cost of this course will be reimbursed.
BC Hockey Bulletins
Stay up to date with all of the regulations changes, as well as safety information, and BC Hockey information
- BC Hockey Bulletins
- Alcohol, Drugs, Tobacco and Illegal Activity
- Helmet stickers
- Insurance coverage - Out of Country Competitions (including games and tournaments)
- On-Ice Helpers
Clinic and On-Line Course Registration
- Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders
- Hockey Canada Safety Person
- Concussion Awareness Training Tool
Criminal Record Checks and Vulnerable Persons Checks
Richmond Jets Minor Hockey Association requires that all volunteers within the Association obtain a criminal record check. Once a criminal record check has been completed, it is considered valid for three (3) seasons.
To obtain a Criminal Record Check:
Visit the British Columbia Ministry of Justice website.
RJMHA access code: RDXVQWH9CU
The completed criminal record check will be forwarded directly from the Ministry of Justice to the RJMHA Director of Risk Management.
Please note: If your birthdate matches a known sex offender, you will be required to provide fingerprints and the process may take additional time. The purpose of the fingerprinting is to ensure there has not been a name change in an attempt to avoid detection; it is not because of suspicion of you personally.
Dressing Room Policy
Please ensure that your team follows the Dressing Room Policy. Most of the problems in the older divisions occur because of a lack of proper supervision in the change rooms.
Emergency Action Plans for Richmond Arenas
Each team must establish an Emergency Action Plan (EAP) to deal with accidents or medical emergencies. The EAP generally requires three individuals to each fill specific roles in the event of an emergency. The team Safety Person should review the facility prior to the game or practice and work with other volunteers to ensure an EAP is in place.
The following are general forms developed to assist with creation of an EAP for the various Richmond arenas. All teams from all associations are encouraged to make use of these forms.
- ePACT Network is an online emergency network. Users build networks of family, friends, and organizations, store and exchange information and access web and mobile communication tools for use in a crisis.
- Starting in the 2019 hockey season, ePact and BC Hockey have entered into a partnership where player information will be automatically entered into ePACT via BC Hockey.
- If you or your families have questions about ePACT, please read this page on our website, refer to the ePACT website or contact Tina O'Connor at email@example.com
- When you add affiliates or casual players to your roster, please ask Tina O'Connor to also add them to your ePACT group. This will ensure that your Safety Person has information for all rostered players.
- Families should be reminded that ePACT records can and should be updated at any time during the season (if an allergy is diagnosed or if a cell number changes, for example).
Fair Play Codes
Hockey Canada Resources
An Information Guide to Hockey Canada’s Risk Management and National Insurance Programs & A Guide to Understanding Bullying, Harassment and Abuse for Parents and Guardians. This document also has valuable information on equipment safety.
- Hockey Canada Safety Programs
- Emergency Action Plan for Safety Persons
- Hockey Canada Concussion Awareness
- Safety Requires Team Work & Safety For All (PDF)
Richmond Jets Minor Hockey Association
As one of the largest minor hockey associations in British Columbia, the Richmond Jets Minor Hockey Association offers an integrated (boys and girls) minor hockey program from Initiation to Juvenile. Featuring both recreational ("C") and competitive ("A") streams, our programs operate out of the three different facilities in the City of Richmond: Richmond Ice Centre (RIC), Minoru Arenas (Stadium and Silver Rinks), Richmond Oval (North and South rinks).
We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.