Safety and Risk Management

Hockey Canada's Safety Requires Teamwork & Safety for  All (revised  2012/13) includes Hockey Canada's Risk Management and National Insurance  Programs & A Guide to Understanding Bullying, Harassment and Abuse For  Parents and Guardians.  The guide also includes equipment  tips.

Criminal Record Checks

Richmond 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:

Please follow the link to the British Columbia Ministry of Justice criminal record check site:


RMHA access code:  9S396SNCHD

The completed criminal record check will be forwarded directly from the Ministry of Justice to the RMHA 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.

Should you have any questions regarding the criminal record check process, please contact RMHA Risk Management at risk.rmha@gmail.com or BC Hockey at crc@bchockey.net.

Respect in Sport

This course, formerly known as Speak Out, is a mandatory requirement for all team officials of any capacity. Respect in Sport is an on-line training course designed as a tool to assist team leaders in identifying and dealing with abuse, neglect, harassment and bullying in sport. The on-line course curriculum is broken into six [30 minute] modules and includes audio/visual presentations, quizzes and printable handouts. It does not need to be done all at once; it can be completed at your leisure. For more information, refer to the BC Hockey Respect in Sport - for parents - Webpage or the BC Hockey Respect in Sport - for coaches and sport leaders - webpage.  Please note, these are not interchangeable.  Be sure to choose the correct program.

Hockey Canada Safety Person

The Hockey Canada Safety Person (HCSP) 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 become HCSP certified. This certification program must be successfully completed every six years in order to be a team's safety person, even if the individual is a medical professional.

For more information on certification, please refer to the BC Hockey HCSP Webpage.

Emergency Action Plans

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



Player Medical Information

The team Safety Person must ensure each player has provided a completed Medical Information Sheet and should become familiar with and plan for any special conditions or needs a player may have. These are usually provided by the association, but in the event a player's form has been lost a blank Medical Information Sheet can be downloaded and completed.

These forms contain personal information and should be kept confidential. To ensure the forms are not misplaced and are on hand if needed, it is recommended that they be kept with the team's first aid kit

Injury Management

The team Safety Person must maintain a record of injuries sustained during the season on the Hockey Canada Injury Log. The log should record injuries for which a player either requires medical treatment, is removed from play/practice, or is forced to leave the ice for other/unknown medical reasons.Injuries recorded on the log should be reported to BC Hockey via the Hockey Canada Injury Report form. The form may be completed by the parent or a team official, but it is the parent's responsibility to mail the form. Safety people or other team officials should refuse to accept responsibility for mailing the forms in.

When the injury has healed, the Coaches and Safety Person should discuss a plan for the player's return to play. For any extended absence from play or recovery from a serious injury, a player should attend at least one non-contact practice so that the coach can assess the player's condition, awareness, and ability to protect themselves on the ice. A Hockey Canada Return to Play Form, signed by a doctor is required for any injury for which a doctor has prohibited play or at the request of the coach or safety person if the player is suspected to have suffered a concussion.


Special Event Sanction

The purpose of a sanctioning a special event is to extend Hockey Canada Insurance Program coverage such as Major Medical / Dental Coverage to activities that do not fall under regular hockey programming.Special Event Sanctions are for usage of events such as dryland training, fundraisers,and other activities outside of regular hockey programming. Not all activities are eligible for coverage. For more information, please refer to the BC Hockey Special Events Webpage or contact the Director, Risk Management.

Locker Room Policy

BC Hockey requires that all Minor Hockey Associations, leagues and teams have a documented locker room policy. 

Richmond Minor Hockey Association has adopted the guidelines set out in the BC Hockey Locker Room Policy,which include:

  1. practices for supervising and monitoring locker rooms and changing areas;
  2. permission or lack of permission for parents to be in the locker rooms;
  3. prohibited conduct, including at least all forms of abuse and misconduct prohibited by BC Hockey
  4. specific policies regarding the use of mobile electronic devices and prohibiting the use of a device’s recording capabilities.

Social Media Policy

Richmond Minor Hockey Association adheres to the guidelines set out by BC Hockey in its Social Media Policy, which outlines terms and use of social media platforms for BC Hockey members.


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