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Driving and Field Incidents

Drivers must have adequate insurance. Only those who meet this requirement are allowed to drive with kids.

Cal North does not provide automobile insurance for personally owned or rented vehicles. No coverage is provided to parents or coaches while going to and from including when transporting youth players to games or practices or other events.

Adults transporting players must model safe driving techniques and enforce seat belt use with players and other vehicle occupants.

Drivers shall conform to all requirements of the vehicle code.

Parents who wish to drive players (other than their own children) to practices, scrimmages, games, and tournaments shall sign the Driver Certification and Authorization form and provide the form to the appropriate league official.

Field Incidents

Field conditions are another exposure that is controllable. While some leagues play on pristine fields, others are not as fortunate.  The legal criteria for liability in field conditions is "known or should have known."  Therefore, it is in the interest of both the field owner and the League to inspect the field.  Look for depressions, holes, sprinkler heads, and foreign objects on the field. If there are areas that are muddy or have potholes repairs to make the field appropriate should be performed before any play. Furthermore, the appropriate League contact should converse with the field owner and document conversations with the responsible party.

Notifying the field owner does not relieve a league of a legal liability.  Once a safety concern is identified it then becomes the owner of the field as well as the user's responsibility to mitigate injury.  On the one hand we want to be responsive to the safety concern of the kids. On the other hand, we do not want to assume the responsibility of field maintenance.  Safety concerns should be promptly reported to the league person responsible for contacting the field maintenance staff.

  • Unsafe conditions should be reported to the responsible entity as soon as possible.  The league representative shall telephone the responsible entity and take notes on the name of the person called, the conversation, and plan of action.  A report of the hazard shall be made to the responsible property owner.
  • Areas under construction provide additional risks and require special attention.  Whenever a field is under construction and there is any obligation on the part of the CYSA or affiliated leagues, then the General Manager should be notified as soon as possible.
  • Photographs of an accident scene on the field (or any area for which CYSA may have some legal duty) should be taken as soon as possible if there is serious injury.