Sports Law • Risk Management

Angela I. Hayslett, Esq.


Mrs. (Flannery) Hayslett is a principal for Nohr Sports Risk Management, LLC, providing sports risk management education and consulting to sports and recreation organizations, events, facility managers, athletes and attorneys.


BACKGROUND

Mrs. Hayslett is a licensed attorney in the state of Colorado. She received her juris doctor in 2009 from the University of Cincinnati where she wrote for the Freedom Center Journal and participated in the Sports and Entertainment Law Society. She was also a member of the Intellectual Property Law Society through the University of Dayton School of Law. Before law school, Mrs. Hayslett earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Broadcast Communications with a minor in Sports Management from Otterbein College (now called Otterbein University) in 2001. Currently she is teaching law and ethics and programming courses for hospitality, sport and recreation students at James Madison University in Virginia where she also earned a Master's in Sport and Recreation Leadership in 2012. Mrs. Hayslett has also taught a human resources and law course as part of a restaurant manager certificate program.


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Currently, Mrs. Hayslett is conducting an extensive qualitative research project to better understand the risks and risk management procedures of university athletic facilities all over the United States. By analyzing the risks and risk management procedures in this study, Mrs. Hayslett hopes to guide professionals towards selecting appropriate risk management strategies to manage their athletic facilities. She was selected through a triple-blind peer review to present her research findings at the premier annual conference hosted by the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) in Ottawa, Canada in June 2015.

Mrs. Hayslett is also the creator and race director for the annual Wintergreen Adaptive Sports 5k road race held in Nelson County, Virginia. She is responsible for planning and implementing the annual event and oversees that the volunteers and police run the competition in a safe manner and that participants have a good time.

Since working at James Madison University ("JMU"), Mrs. Hayslett has assisted the Athletic Facilities and Special Events department at the NCAA Division I FCS school by conducting a risk management review by inspecting its football and basketball facilities as well as its departmental policies and procedures. Recommendations were made for risk reduction and tools were created for the staff to utilize as part of their risk management procedures. She helped to improve the department's guest relations training program and provided risk management training to those front line workers and to the full-time and part-time operations staff. Mrs. Hayslett has also assisted as a risk management site supervisor over guest relations at the JMU football games.

Another project that Mrs. Hayslett led was conducting a site inspection and insurance policy review for a non-profit after school youth center. She has also assisted in the creation of a waiver for a recreation-based camp. Mrs. Hayslett has also done paralegal work on issues of negligence and discovery.

Mrs. Hayslett is the former Risk Manager of USA Triathlon (“USAT”), a national governing body under the supervision of the United States Olympic Committee. Between 2002 and 2005 while at USAT, she worked with legal counsel, insurance companies, athletes, race directors, sponsors, volunteers, regions, clubs, and the board of directors. While there, Mrs. Hayslett helped enhance risk management guidelines, event safety plans and the athlete liability waiver. She also coordinated a multi-day national race director’s conference where she educated attendees on risk management issues. Additionally, Mrs. Hayslett spearheaded and led the USAT Risk Management Committee. She has traveled to many multi-sport races around the United States race directors, communicating and enforcing USAT policies and assessing risks of the different events. While at USAT, Mrs. Hayslett helped identify risks that the organization and race organizers face and refine policies and procedures to minimize risk exposure.

Other athletic related experiences include, during 2009, Mrs. Hayslett worked for the University of Cincinnati in its Athletic Compliance office. There, Mrs. Hayslett helped the university, its players and its coaches maintain compliance with NCAA regulations. Additionally, Mrs. Hayslett had the unique opportunity to attend the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. While there she worked in the Olympic Reunion Center registering and greeting professional athletes. Mrs. Hayslett worked with the Greater Cincinnati Sports Corporation and the Cincinnati 2012 Bid Committee with research, mailings, event planning and press conferences. Additionally, Mrs. Hayslett assisted the professional indoor soccer team, the Denver Dynamite, in its induction season with sponsorship, game day announcing and consulting with the owners of the team on sports related issues. Mrs. Hayslett has also worked in various positions for one of the largest YMCA's in the country. She was also a site supervisor for the Colorado Springs Parks and Recreation department overseeing game day operations.

Beyond the world of sports, Mrs. Hayslett has served as a law clerk for multiple organizations: 4th Judicial District Attorney’s Office in Colorado Springs, Colorado; 4th Judicial District Court in Colorado Springs, Colorado; Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office in Cincinnati, Ohio; University of Cincinnati Legal Aid Domestic Violence Clinic in Cincinnati, Ohio. Other professional experiences include: former Colorado licensed real estate agent, event promotions, professional triathlon race announcer, event planning, market research, and sports camp counselor. She also is a film screenplay editor and consultant.

Mrs. Hayslett loves to participate in all sports as an athlete with her personal favorites including volleyball and pole vaulting. When Mrs. Hayslett was in college she was one of the first women pole vaulters for her school where she set the school record and paved the way for other women vaulters. Since Mrs. Hayslett learned to vault without a school coach, she was motivated to provide coaching to other ambitious track athletes. Thus, Mrs. Hayslett served as an assistant pole vault coach for the University of Dayton, a NCAA Division I team. Prior to the University of Dayton, she was the head pole vault coach for Colorado College, a NCAA Division III team. She also spent three years coaching pole vault, hurdles and high jump for Widefield High School in Colorado.


AUTHOR

• Hayslett, A., & Anaza, E. (2015, June). Danger lurks! Does risk management work? Effectiveness of risk management strategies at university athletic venues. Poster session presented at the 2015 North American Society for Sport Management Conference. Ottawa, Ontario.
• Carr, Jr., B.H., Flannery, A.I. & Wallace-Carr, J.E. (2012). Olympic protection. Global Sport Management News, III (Olympic Special Edition).
• “Where to Incorporate a Nonprofit Corporation” (academic paper), 2009
• “CASENOTE: Manipulative Compliance Under Title IX: An Examination of Miller v. The University of Cincinnati" (academic paper), 2008


SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

• Athletic Facilities and Special Events Guest Relations Risk Management Training - James Madison University, 2012
• “Risk Management” – USA Triathlon Annual Race Directors Clinic, 2004 and 2005


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

• Wintergreen Adaptive Sports, (Board Member; Governance Committee Chair) 2012 to Present
• Harrisonburg-Rockingham Sports Commission, (Board Member; Secretary) 2012 to Present
• Soaring Eagles Homeowners Association, (Board Member; Treasurer) 2006 to 2008


PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

• North American Society for Sports Management, 2015 to 2016
• Colorado Supreme Court, 2010 to Present
• Sports Lawyers Association, 2011 to 2012; 2015 to 2016
• Colorado Bar Association, 2009 to 2011
• Denver Bar Association, 2009 to 2011
• National Association of Realtors, 2005 to 2008
• Colorado Association of Realtors, 2005 to 2008
• Pikes Peak Association of Realtors, 2005 to 2008
• Pi Kappa Delta (Forensics), 1997 to 2001
• USA Triathlon, 2002 to 2005
• USA Track & Field, 2002
• Colorado High School Athletic Association Track & Field Official, 2002 to 2004
• Colorado High School Athletic Association Volleyball Official, 2003
• Colorado Springs Parks & Recreation Volleyball Official, 2003