Friday, November 16, 2007

The trials and tribulations of coaching...

In a story reported by the New York Post, BASE ACCUSATION , back in May a parent sued Little League Baseball and her son's coach after the player was injured while sliding into a base. The parent alleged that the coach failed to equip the player with the skill necessary to safely play baseball.

If a parent is willing to sue a baseball coach for not teaching a kid to slide, just think what a parent would do if a coach didn't teach a player to properly tackle, scrum, ruck, etc... Coaches should really spend the time getting USARFU certifications and reading up on teaching safety to their players. Clubs should invest in their coaches and help defray the cost of training program for these volunteers (with one or two notable exceptions). Investing in coach training makes the sport safer and more enjoyable for all. Having said that, I think our Wisconsin teams have an excellent record of both coaches and sirs stressing safety first when training new players. Let's keep up the good work and not end up like that ruffian sport, baseball.

Since its the off-season, I will try to report on some of those pesky legal topics that surround the rugby community. Hopefully, this will be of interest to some readers.

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