Sports Law • Risk Management

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Shaving Before Swimming = Disqualification

Most all swimmers will shave their body hair prior to diving into the water to reduce drag and improve the athlete’s speed. But, on February 22, 2012, Yahoo wrote about one particular athlete who was retroactively disqualified from all her swimming events for shaving. When it was discovered that the high school swimmer shaved her body hair at the swimming facility before getting into the pool, she was stripped of her points, which, cost her team the county championships. It turns out that shaving on the premises of the meet is a rule violation.

No Love for Sexual Misconduct

Colby College just finished its investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct committed by fifteen of its students. Although for privacy reasons Colby College has disclosed little information, according to The Colby Echo’s article on February 8th, it is believed that football players were spying through a window to watch their teammate receive oral sex from a female student. Although the act of voyeurism did not amount to any criminal charges, the college concluded that the school’s sexual misconduct policy was violated.

M.I.A. Steals the Super Bowl Spotlight

Another Super Bowl has come and gone, but only a few are talking about the commercials and the actual game. Instead this year’s water cooler discussion is how yet another halftime show has gone awry.

The featured headline performer this year was the iconic Madonna. She lived up to expectations and gave a dynamic show. Although Madonna was the main performer, she shared the stage with several other popular musicians, one of which was M.I.A. NBC, who was televising the event, made a late attempt to blur the image of her giving the audience the offending middle finger. In addition to the middle finger, it also is believed that she used a curse word while performing her song.

Why Care About Risk Management?

Every sport and recreation organization will face risks. Risks can be viewed as potential hazards that may cause harm to a person or to property. Any harm that is incurred in connection to a sport and recreation organization may expose that organization to litigation, bad publicity, or financial or criminal sanctions. Risk management is making a decision on what to do about the risks that your organization faces. If you successfully control your risks through risk management, there can be some advantages to your organization.

My First Regatta

This past fall I participated in my first regatta. I was nervous and excited to see how my crew training would translate to my first competition. The venue in northern Virginia was stacked with many teams who were as equally eager to compete. However, as the day progressed I began to wonder if the event director tried to accommodate too many participants and boats for the venue.

Indoor Climbing Wall Risk Management

Indoor climbing gyms are a fun way to practice climbing in a controlled environment. As an owner or manager of a climbing wall, though, there are many things that should be done to ensure that it is a safe environment for its users.