Child Abuse in Youth Sports

Protecting Against Sexual Abuse and Molestation in Youth Sports

Preventing Grooming is the Key

Do parents who send their children to ball practice ever think that they might be handing them over to a sexual predator?  That’s probably the last thing that crosses their mind. They assume that they can trust the coaches, volunteers and league administrators who come in contact with their children.

Child sexual …

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Charter Bus risk management

Managing Charter Bus Risk for Sports Organizations

Including 5 tips to help reduce liability

One of our youth sports clients was recently involved in a serious charter bus crash. One child was tragically killed and some 45 others were hospitalized. This unfortunate incident resulted in extensive national media coverage. Worse was the pain and suffering of the sports organization, families, and community.

The use …

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Top Sports insurance claims

Vehicles Damaged by Foul Balls: Does General Liability Cover?

Smashed windshields and dents are a common occurrence at ballparks.

The windshield of a spectator who parked outside of your baseball field was smashed by a foul ball. The spectator presents a $450 bill to the league president asking for reimbursement. Your baseball league carries a General Liability policy through a reputable carrier, so there is …

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Youth tackle football

Despite ESPN Article Claims, Insurance Will Not End Youth Football

Insurance Executive Speaks Out About Youth Tackle Football Insurance

John Sadler of Sadler Sports Insurance was interviewed by California Youth Football Alliance on Chain Crew Podcast entitled “Show # 2: Is Football Insurance Dying?” The topics covered include the current state of the insurance industry as it relates to youth tackle football, the ESPN article claiming that lack of insurance will …

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Protect against Commotio cordis

Commotio Cordis in Sports and New NOCSAE Standard on Chest Protectors

Looking to provide athletes the best heart protection possible

Commotio cordis is a sudden cardiac arrhythmia caused by a direct blow to the chest. It typically results from a low-velocity impact to the chest from a thrown or batted ball, puck or other object typically traveling between 20 and 50 mph. The risk increases the …

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Risk Management in sports

High School Coach and Wife Suffer Fatal Electrical Injury

Danger where and when you least expect it.

We read about a lot of tragedies occurring in our schools these days. Terrorism, gun violence, gang activity and more leave students, parents, faculty and staff bewildered and grieving.

Unfortunately, it was an act of kindness that led to two tragic deaths and left a community in grief.

Liberty County …

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Sports injury

Improper Sports Injury Care is a Leading Cause of Sports Lawsuits

Risk management and education are key to lowering the risk of sports injuries

If there’s one sure thing you can count on in sports, it’s that athletes get injured. Athletes of all ages and sizes participating in any sport from archery to wrestling risk being injured. Injuries can occur during warm-up, practice, and play. They even …

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Storing sports documents in cloud

How to Easily Organize Sports Risk Management Documents in the Cloud

Be Prepared to Produce Critical Documents for Litigation
Risk management requirements of federal, state, case law, governing bodies, and insurance carriers

Amateur sports organizations face ever-increasing legal risks arising out of injury to participants, spectators, and other third parties. Federal law, state law, case law, governing bodies, and insurance carriers require that amateur sports organizations adopt and …

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Youth Sports Supervision

Leading Causes of Sports Lawsuits: Improper Supervision & Instruction

Supervision: It’s more than just keeping an eye on things.

The need for amateur sports administrators to understand their legal responsibilities with regard to supervision and instruction can’t be stressed enough. In the arena of amateur sports, lack of supervision is the most common cause of action in lawsuits. Injuries resulting in these types of lawsuits …

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Second-impact syndrome

No Written Medical Clearance After Concussion = $5.8 M Settlement

Don’t ignore critical return-to-play protocol
The lawsuit

In 2013, Brett Baker-Goins suffered a concussion while playing basketball for First Baptist School in Charleston, South Carolina. First Baptist is a private school under the jurisdiction of the South Carolina Independent Schools Association (SCISA). SCISA has a return to-play-protocol, which requires a signature by a physician on a written …

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