August 2017

SportsTurf provides current, practical and technical content on issues relevant to sports turf managers, including facilities managers. Most readers are athletic field managers from the professional level through parks and recreation, universities.

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www.spor 14 // August 2017 prudence that a reasonable person in the circumstances would exercise. If a person's actions do not meet this standard of care, then his/her acts fail to meet the duty of care that all people (supposedly) have to- ward others. Failure to meet the standard is negligence, and any damages resulting there from may be claimed in a lawsuit by the injured party. Negligence is conduct that falls below the standards of behavior established by law for the protection of others against unreasonable risk of harm. A person has acted negligently if he or she has departed from the conduct expected of a reasonably prudent person acting under similar circumstances. The problem is that the "standard" is often a subjective issue upon which rea- sonable people can differ. In order to establish negligence as a Cause of Action under the law of torts, a plaintiff must prove that the defen- dant had a duty to the plaintiff, the de- fendant breached that duty by failing CASE STUDY Broken Ankle on a Public Synthetic Softball Field. At approximately 4:15 pm on March 30, 2015, the Plaintiff was injured while playing softball in a high school softball game. The Plaintiff was running towards home plate and slid into the base. The Plaintiff's foot got caught in the turf and she continued to slide, and then discovered her foot was turned the wrong way. "During my inspection I observed the fi eld to be a softball fi eld with painted baselines at the southwest corner of an all synthetic carpet style nylon soccer fi eld. The fi eld surface material was uniform in all areas except the right hand batter's box. This surface measured approximately 3' wide x 5' deep and consisted of a taller fi ber sewn onto a rubber backing. The section appeared to be a repair and replacement of the original surface. This piece was signifi cantly different than the original carpeting in length of fi bers, texture and thickness. The rubber backing thickness was ½" and the fi bers were 1½" high compared to the ½" height of the sur- rounding surface. The replacement piece was not attached, connected or otherwise anchored to the surrounding synthetic carpeting or substrate and protruded ¼"- ½" above the surrounding surface."

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