The Huntsville Curling Club may have lost one of its longest-standing members due to its liability waiver requirements.
Tim Green has been a member of the club for the past 50 years. He’s been involved in all major building events related to the club since 1969 and in 1972 he was part of the executive when the club’s roof caved in.
He said about seven or eight years ago the club started asking its members to sign a release of liability. The waiver includes slips and falls on the ice as well as any cases of gross negligence on the part of the club.
Green refused to sign-off on the gross negligence part of the waiver.
“This means that the club is not responsible for any decisions that the executive makes even though it may threaten the safety of its members. There are a number of safety issues that need to be addressed at the club that makes it difficult for me to sign their waiver. Therefore I have been denied membership this year,” stated Green in an email to Doppler.
Green said he’s always been able to send in the hard copy of the registration without signing the waiver and it was always accepted without any issues. But this year, due to precautions related to COVID-19, registrations are required to be submitted online and the applicant must check off the waiver box in order to submit the registration.
“If I don’t sign I don’t get to curl this year. Curling has been a huge part of my life for the last 50 years. I believe that other members have similar concerns but have decided to forsake them so they can continue to curl. I have curled competitively with and against curling legends like Russ Howard, Glenn Howard, Wayne Middaugh, Eddie Werenich, Paul Savage and other greats,” stated Green.
The board of directors for the Huntsville Curling Club issued the following statement when contacted by Doppler:
The Huntsville Curling Club (HCC) values Tim Green’s long standing membership and his contribution to the HCC as a community business sponsor. Tim is also a loyal volunteer and friend to all at HCC. We have spoken to Tim as well as sought legal advice, with the objective of finding a way to have Tim curl with us.
As part of the membership application for the Huntsville Curling Club (HCC), we ask all members to agree to a standard waiver developed by Curling Canada which details the Release of Liability, Waiver of Claims and Indemnity Agreement relating to any curling club activity.
Curling Canada encourages all curling clubs in Canada to use their standard waiver, which was updated this season with provisions to cover Covid-19. As a volunteer BOD our role is to protect the best interest of the HCC and its Members and we depend on the guidance and standard tools provided by our Sports’ governing organizations: Curling Canada and CurlON to help us in that regard.
This waiver is built into our new curling club member management software application. It is our understanding that this same system, with this same waiver is in use in over 100 curling clubs across Canada.
In our discussions with Tim, we provided him an explanation of why HCC needs all members to accept the standard Curling Canada waiver in order to curl this season. From the HCC perspective, we hope that Tim will reconsider his position, accept the waiver and join us for the upcoming curling season.
Green insists the club should be held responsible for its decisions and maintains that he will not sign off on any waiver that releases the club from responsibility related to gross negligence.
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