So do we just accept that the ending of the game was just a fluke, and do not worry about it, not likely to happen again. I again repeat, crap has occurred in the past, as in the Olinski matter. It cost Six Nations Band council hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages and legal expenses, for not providing proper security amongst other things, in a junior B lacrosse game. The referees were assaulted by players on the floor, they called the game and as a result, they were then assaulted by players and spectators in the corridor, suffering serious damages. The Six Nation Band Council was liable for the damages, and they then went after the coach and more importantly, the OLA, to be responsible and share in the damages. The Band Council then tried to offload the damages onto the junior B team manager, unsuccessfully.
What this tells us is that incidents have indeed occurred in the past, and seems like the recent game could easily have had a similar incident. One wonders whether it falls into our moderator's statistical analysis for probability of such an event occurring again.
The reality is it has happened and nearly happened again, perhaps coincidentally, at Nations. The OLA has been burned, and you can rest assured the money for insurance premiums and legal costs were not absorbed by the OLA executive personally, but by the dues and fees everyone pays. As such, we all have a stake in the OLA acting with some care and control of the situation. No, we do not want Stan's apology, and Stan wasn't in charge then anyway, but merely a transparent commitment to act properly and deal harshly with all offenders, be they players, coaches, administrators, and locations would be welcome.
For volunteers, the backbone of every sport, it is sad and troubling to say, but you would have to have rocks in your head if you volunteer in any capacity these days without making sure that your butt is covered by liability insurance from your organization or elsewhere, Because if anything ever occurs, you could be found liable or end up paying a great deal of money in legals just to be absolved of liability. Confirm it yourself, speak to someone in the legal or insurance industry, and see what they say and whether they will just brush off these incidents and concerns so easily and whether the probability defence will help you if you are named in the lawsuit.
Posted on Sep 13, 2011, 12:09 AM from IP address 126.96.36.199