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Amateur Sports Injuries – Who’s Liable?

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In many sporting activities, there is only a minor risk of serious injury to the participants. There are, however, instances when a participant in an organized recreational event suffers a more serious injury.

Although many amateur sporting events are organized and administered by volunteers, these volunteers also assume other responsibilities such as coaching teams or officiating during games. One of the most demanding of such responsibilities is the task of providing supervision of these amateur athletes to reduce the possibility of a serious accidental injury. In law, a coach or some other authority having responsibility for the safety of amateur athletes is said to owe a duty to those under his or her supervision.

By way of example, a coach’s duty to his or her players is understood to be any responsibility that 1) is specified in the “rulebook