a question: USTA Practices

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  1. tennisgotomarket

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    Can captains be sued if a player joins a practice and gets injured during a game?
     
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  2. gmatheis

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    Anyone can be sued.

    That said, they would have to prove some kind of negligence, or something that makes the captain in some way responsible for the injury occurring beyond the normal risk associated with playing tennis.
     
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  3. beernutz

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    What would be the grounds for suing the captain in this situation? Did he or she hold a gun to the player's head and make them participate in the practice where they were injured?
     
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  4. struggle

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    yes. they can also be sued if said player gets injured duriing proper match play.

    captains, be careful out there!!
     
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  5. McLovin

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    Not that I believe any lawsuit would holdup in court, but what would one hope to gain from suing the captain? The more lucrative target would be the health club as they have insurance.
     
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  6. TennisCJC

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    You have to prove negligence to sue. You cannot just get hurt and sue. For example, if you run into the pole holding up the fence and split your skull open and require brain surgery, you cannot just sue because that pole is a normal risk you assume in playing. But, if the captain put a banana peel on the court and you slipped on it and fell into the pole and split your skull open, then you have a case against the captain.
     
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  7. tenniscasey

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    This is correct.

    If I invite you to have coffee with me at Starbucks, and you slip and fall while we're at Starbucks, are you going to sue me? I mean, you could, but you'd lose and I'd countersue for my costs of defending myself from your frivolous lawsuit.
     
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  8. sovertennis

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    Yes. The concept of "assumption of risk" applies here as well, ie by engaging in the activity, the player takes responsibility for injury. If the court is somehow unsafe, the whomever is responsible for that may be put on notice.
     
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  9. coyote

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    Why is this even a question? I had a spare once threaten to sue me over playing time. I laughed in his face. I'm not sure what the damages would be. I am not sure what remedy he wanted. Could I sue him when the rest of the team loses because he can't win a line?
     
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  10. gmatheis

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    OK tommy ... what were your scores? 2-6,3-6? I'll have my lawyer contact you tomorrow.
     
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  11. Gut4Tennis

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    Only way I can see is if the captain was the person that was doing a drill that was dangerous with balls all over the place...and did something that caused someone an injury
     
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