Do youth sports leagues need to protect their fans from assault?
Attorney and Sports Law professor John Wolohan writes for Athletic Business if youth sports leagues need to protect their fans from assault?
In the article he writes:
“According to the National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS), youth sports provide a number of physical and social benefits. Youth sports allow children to develop new friendships, be physically active and learn how to work and play with others as part of a team. However, youth sports are not without problems — the biggest of which, according to NAYS, is adults.
Whether it’s parents complaining about their child’s playing time or an official’s call, or coaches who forget that the players are children who just want to have fun and not necessarily win at all costs, misbehaving adults are causing children to abandon organized sports. A good example of how adults can negatively impact youth sports is Raymond Pink v. Rome Youth Hockey Association, Inc., 28 N.Y.3d 994; 63 N.E.3d 1148; 41 N.Y.S.3d 204 (2016).”