For the time being, we’re grateful that Yvonne Moncovich is assisting us with coverage of The Palmetto State, although she does at some point need to concentrate on her home state of North Carolina. So, if anyone involved in South Carolina youth hockey is willing to take on this page, we’d really love to hear from you.
Hockey practices are just getting underway at rinks all over North and South Carolina and I’m taking my show on the road to ensure the safety of the kids on the ice. I’m not checking helmets or making sure they’re wearing their mouthguards. I’m the SafeSport Coordinator for North and South Carolina and my job is to train all the local youth hockey associations on how to implement the SafeSport Initiative.
SafeSport is a program from the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) designed to improve the safety of youth athletes in all sports. USA Hockey is one of many national governing bodies (NGB’s) who are adopting the SafeSport program within their organizations. SafeSport is a comprehensive program which incorporates existing policies with new information and actions associations can take to create a better program.
The SafeSport Initiative includes policies, education and training, screening, reporting and responding to concerns of abuse and monitoring the whole program. Abuse comes in all forms and I’m talking with local association SafeSport Coordinators about emotional, physical and sexual abuse as well as bullying, threats, harassment and hazing. The goal of the SafeSport Program is to recognize, reduce and respond to concerns of abuse, and by doing so we make youth hockey a safe place for our kids.
That’s a goal all of us can get behind so we’re working together to make sure kids can play, love and excel in youth hockey!
Lastly, we’re looking forward to bringing you more news from around The Palmetto State. We could sure use your help, though, especially if you know about unique goings on in beginner to Midget youth hockey, or if you know about newsworthy individuals, teams or events.