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The Grind Waiver
I, the undersigned, on behalf of the Participant and for myself and my spouse, my family members, heirs, executors, administrators, representatives and any other third parties entitled to assert any rights by, through or under the Participant or any of the foregoing ("Releasors"), for good and valuable consideration and intending to be legally bound, hereby agree as follows:
- Released Parties: I am signing this Agreement for the benefit of the organizers and directors of The Grind and Ultimate Events and Sports Management Co. Inc., Tuckahoe Turf Farm, the owners or occupiers of Event (defined below) venues (including fields and parking facilities), Event coaches, officials, supervisors, medical directors, trainers, good Samaritans, spectators, vendors, volunteers and sponsors, and the respective trustees, directors, officers, members, managers, agents, staff, volunteers, employees, heirs, executors and assigns of any and all of the foregoing (collectively, the "Released Parties").
- Assumption of Risks, Injuries and Losses: I am aware of the risks related to Participant's voluntary participation in The Grind Lacrosse Tournament, a competitive youth lacrosse tournament (the "Event"). These risks are often unpredictable but are inherent in the game of lacrosse - a contact sport involving stick checks, body collisions and a hard rubber, high speed projectile. Risks include, but are not limited to, serious physical and/or emotional injury or disability, which may be temporary or permanent, and, in rare cases, death, and may be caused by field, weather, health or other conditions and/or the actions or inactions of Participant or others on or off the field of play, whether on Event grounds or on facilities being used by the Event, whether before, during or after games, and may include the negligence of one or more of the Released Parties. I knowingly and willingly assume all such risk as well as responsibility for all personal and/or economic injuries, losses, damages, costs and expenses of any kind or nature, whether known or unknown, which Participant (or any Releasor) might sustain in connection with the Event (collectively, "Injuries and Losses"), and hereby consent to Participant's participation despite the risks.
- Authorization Regarding Care/Treatment: I authorize Released Parties to provide care and treatment or take any necessary action, in their best judgment under the circumstances, to help Participant in connection with Injuries and Losses or in any urgent or emergent situation.
- Certification Regarding Good Health and Sportsmanship. I certify that Participant is (i) in good health and has no health-related disability or condition that would make participation in the Event hazardous to him or others, and (ii) covered by the health insurance disclosed in connection with this registration process. Participant promises to behave in a sportsmanlike manner. I understand that inappropriate behavior can result in, among other things, disqualification or expulsion from a game or the Event altogether.
- Media/Marketing Waiver; Use of Name and Image. I consent to the Event's use of Participant's name, image, voice and identity for media, marketing, promotional and related purposes. I grant the Event and its operators the right to use the foregoing orally and in written materials, website materials, video, audio or other forms of communication, all without prior notice or compensation. I understand the Event and its operators may be asked to permit third parties, including, without limitation, newspapers, media outlets and visitors bureaus, to use the foregoing and that the Event may rely on this consent in doing so.
- Release, Covenant and Indemnity. I fully and forever give up, release and discharge the Released Parties from and against all claims or causes of action for Injuries and Losses, which Participant (or any Releasor) has, may have had, or may in the future have regarding or relating in any way to Participant's participation in the Event. I covenant not to sue any Released Parties for any Injuries and Losses and agree to reimburse, defend, indemnify and hold harmless each Released Party from and against all damages, losses, settlements, liabilities, costs and expenses (including court costs and reasonable attorneys' fees) incurred, suffered or sustained by any Release Party which arise from or are attributable to Participant's participation in the Event or incident to enforcement of this Agreement.
I HAVE READ THIS AGREEMENT AND UNDERSTAND I AM GIVING UP IMPORTANT LEGAL RIGHTS. I HAVE EITHER CONSULTED AN ATTORNEY OR KNOWINGLY OPTED NOT TO DO SO. I HAVE AUTHORITY TO SIGN THIS AGREEMENT ON BEHALF OF THE PARTICIPANT AND THE RELEASORS.
If any provision of this Agreement or the application thereof is deemed to be invalid or unenforceable, the remainder hereof shall not be affected thereby and shall be enforceable to full extent permitted by law.
The Grind (the "Tournament") requires all players, coaches, officials, parents and spectators to abide by a "Code of Conduct" that embodies basic common sense principles, demonstrates consideration of others, and reflects well on the great game of lacrosse.
Individuals and/or teams participating in the Tournament, as well as members of their retinue, that fail to abide by the Code of Conduct will be subject to ejection and disqualification from the Tournament in the future.
The directors of the Tournament reserve the right to report violations of the Code of Conduct to the board of directors of relevant lacrosse leagues and programs.
Coaches are ultimately responsible to ensure compliance with the Code of Conduct during the Tournament and are expected not only to communicate the Tournament's expectations to their players, assistant coaches, parents and spectators, but to help the Tournament and its officials promote behavior consistent with Tournament philosophy.
The Code of Conduct
- Players, coaches, officials, parents and spectators are to conduct themselves in a manner that "Honors the Game," demonstrates respect for others and is consistent with the businesslike operation of the Tournament for the benefit of everyone involved.
- Sportsmanship and the concepts of fair and honorable play are essential to the overall success of the Tournament.
- The emphasis on winning should never be placed above the value of good sportsmanship, the concepts of fair and honorable play, or the spirit of the game.
- Poor sportsmanship, taunting, trash talking, fighting or other unbecoming behavior on the part of players, coaches, parents or spectators will not be tolerated.
- Unsportsmanlike conduct will minimally result in a 1 minute non-releasable penalty, but officials are authorized to handle such conduct in their reasonable judgment based on the circumstances, including ending the game (which will be treated as a forfeit by each team regardless of "who did what"). Poor sportsmanship may also result in ejectment from the game or the facility.
- Only head coaches are permitted to address the officials; coaches are expected to do so in a courteous manner. Adults involved with the game are not permitted to openly or maliciously criticize, badger, harass, or threaten an official. Derogatory comments are unacceptable and subject to discipline, including ejectment.
- Alcohol is not permitted at the Tournament venues.
- Officials are expected to conduct themselves as professionals and in a manner that demonstrates courtesy and fairness to all parties while exercising their authority on the field.
- Eligibility requirements, such as age and previous level of participation, must be followed. They have been established to encourage and maximize participation, as well as promote safety. The Tournament relies on the good faith of coaches and players as well as their representations regarding age during the registration process.
- The Tournament expects all coaches to understand the rules of the Tournament and communicate them to members of the team and the team's entourage.
- Head coaches may report any issues regarding officials and/or other teams to field managers, Tournament directors or their representatives at Tournament headquarters. The Tournament will use its reasonable efforts to address any concerns with such officials, the field managers, the Assigning Official(s) and/or such coaches, as appropriate in their discretion.
- Please be advised that Tournament directors expect compliance with this Code of Conduct and the "Honor the Game" philosophy to obviate the need for investigative activity or to adjudicate disputes. Such activity represents a major distraction from efforts to oversee an enjoyable Tournament and a fun day of lacrosse for everyone.
- Tournament directors reserve the right to adopt and implement such other rules or regulations as it determines are necessary or appropriate to further the goals and objectives of the Tournament.
Thank you for your help in promoting these principles and the Tournament's "Honor the Game" philosophy.