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Responsibility for the safe design, construction, management, and maintenance of athletic facilities clearly rests today with the owner/operators of these facilities.
Current litigation related to athletic injuries has shifted responsibility for the players “assumption of risk” to the operators “duty to provide a standard of care.”
This paper addresses three important legal implications—i.e., “reasonable manner, duty to care, and the standard of reasonable care”-by providing a number of specific guidelines directed toward the safe design, management, and maintenance of softball/athletic facilities. It also identifies guidelines designed to inform the players of the types of risks they will be exposed to and the appropriate steps they can take to reduce the potential for injury while they are participating in the softball program.
This paper represents the view of an owner/operator of a major softball program.
playing fields, reasonable manner, standard of care, assumption of risk, maintenance, management, play responsibility, contributory factors
Deputy Commissioner, East Meadow, NY