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Risk Management - Hockey Canada Safety Program (HCSP)

Register for a HCSP Clinic 

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 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

Additional information can be found on Hockey Canada’s website.

The safety person:

  • Must conduct regular checks of players’ equipment.
  • Is responsible for promoting proper warm up and conditioning techniques as a form of injury prevention.
  • Coordinates plans for road trips, tournaments, etc. and assists in the overall supervision of the team.
  • Establishes medical history files on every player and carries these files and the team first aid kit on every outing.
  • Implements an Emergency Action Plan for the team and through this is prepared to react in the event of accidents, injuries and medical emergencies.
  • Manages all injuries, learns to recognize serious injuries and refers injured players to qualified professionals.
  • Must assume a leadership role in promoting the values of safety, fair play and integrity.

All HCSP clinics are now available ONLY as an on-line E-Learning course. Face to face HCSP clinics are no longer offered by BC Hockey.

  1. On-line payment will be required to complete the registration process and enter the E-Learning modules. 
  2. The registration fee covers the cost of building and maintaining the E-Learning system as well as administration.
  3. Contents of the previous HCSP manual are located in the E-Learning Handouts section. Once a delegate has completed the E-Learning course they have access to the course contents and handout material for 5 years.
  4. The delegates’ HCR record is updated immediately upon completion of the course.
  5. The entire program HCSP curriculum is on-line including 18 modules of 1 minute to 18 minutes in duration. The total estimated completion time is 3.5 to 4.0 hours.

Click Here to access the HCSP E-Learning course


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