Sports Law • Risk Management

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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.

Slippery on Deck

I have vivid memories from my childhood of taking swim lessons in indoor pools in the wintertime and of playing with friends in outdoor pools in the summertime. Although when I was young I was nearly oblivious to the dangers of the pool. While I was having fun playing in the pool, the staff was continuously trying to mitigate risk.

New to Crew, Part II

In my previous blog, New to Crew, Part I, I mentioned some of the risks associated with crewing. However, there are some additional risks that are important to mention.

For instance, when rowing, you should never go out alone. Even if you are navigating a single person boat, you should always have someone follow in a functioning launch boat. That way if something happens, a person in another boat should be available to assist. It is also a good idea to purchase insurance in case of an accident to a person or to property.

New to Crew, Part I

This year I took up the sport of crewing. Each morning, my eight-person crew hoisted an old, heavy, wooden boat onto our shoulders, carried it across a narrow wooden floating dock and launched into the water as daylight was breaking. It is pretty magical to skim through the water as the sun emerges behind the trees along the shore. However, despite my enjoyment from the activity and from the view, I always reflect on the risks and how to avoid incidents.