WARNING! Please read carefully. By signing this document, you will assume certain risks and responsibilities.
1. This is a binding legal agreement. Clarify any questions or concerns before signing. As a participant in the sport of curling and the activities, programs, classes, services provided and events sponsored or organized by Curling Canada, CurlON and Rideau Curling Club (collectively the “Organization”), including but not limited to: games, tournaments, practices, training, personal training, dry land training, use of strength training and fitness conditioning equipment, machines and facilities, nutritional and dietary programs, orientation or instructional sessions or lessons, aerobic and anaerobic conditioning programs (collectively the “Activities”), the undersigned being the Participant and Participant’s Parent/Guardian (collectively the “Parties) acknowledge and agree to the terms outlined in this agreement.
2. I am the Parent/Guardian of the Participant and have full legal responsibility for the decisions of the Participant.
Description and Acknowledgement of Risks
3. The Parties understand and acknowledge that:
- a. The Activities have foreseeable and unforeseeable inherent risks, hazards and dangers that no amount of care, caution or expertise can eliminate, including without limitation, the potential for serious bodily injury, permanent disability, paralysis and loss of life. The sport of curling is played on a sheet of ice, which is slippery, hard, and dangerous;
- b. A pertinent risk to participating in the sport of curling is the risk of suffering serious head injury should the Participant fall, trip, or stumble onto the ground or ice. It is highly recommended that the Participant wear a helmet at all times when participating in the sport of curling;
- c. The Organization has a difficult task to ensure safety and it is not infallible. The Organization may be unaware of the Participant’s fitness or abilities, may misjudge weather or environmental conditions, may give incomplete warnings or instructions, and the equipment being used might malfunction; and,
- d. The COVID-19 disease has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization and COVID-19 is extremely contagious. The Organization has put in place preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19; however, the Organization cannot guarantee that the Participant will not become infected with COVID-19. Further, participating in the Activities could increase the Participant’s risk of contractingCOVID-19.
4. The Participant is participating voluntarily in the Activities. In consideration of that participation, the Parties hereby acknowledge that they are aware of the risks, dangers and hazards and may be exposed to such risks, dangers and hazards. The risks, dangers and hazards include, but are not limited to:
- a. Health: executing strenuous and demanding physical techniques, physical exertion, overexertion, stretching, dehydration, fatigue, cardiovascular workouts, rapid movements and stops, lack of fitness or conditioning, traumatic injury, bacterial infections, rashes, and the transmission of communicable diseases, including viruses of all kinds, COVID-19, bacteria, parasites or other organisms or any mutation thereof;
- b. Premises: defective, dangerous or unsafe condition of the facilities; falls; collisions with objects, walls, equipment or persons; dangerous, unsafe, or irregular conditions on floors, ice, or other surfaces, extreme weather conditions; travel to and from premises;
- c. Use of Equipment: mechanical failure of the equipment; negligent design or manufacture of the equipment; the provision of or the failure by the Organization to provide any warnings, directions, instructions or guidance as to the use of the equipment; failure to use or operate the equipment within my own ability;
- d. Contact: contact with brooms, brushes or curling stones, other equipment, vehicles, or other persons, and may lead to serious bodily injury, including but not limited to concussions and/or other brain injury, or serious spinal injury.
- e. Advice: negligent advice regarding the Activities;
- f. Ability: Failing to act safely or within my own ability or within designated areas;
- g. Sport: the game of curling and its inherent risks, including but not limited to, running, sliding or slipping on the ice surface, delivering the curling stone, skipping or sweeping, stepping onto the ice surface from the walkway or onto the walkway from the ice surface, or stepping over dividers that divide one sheet of ice from the next;
- h. Cyber: privacy breaches, hacking, technology malfunction or damage;
- i. Conduct: my conduct and conduct of other persons including any physical altercation between participants; and,
- j. Travel: travel to and from the Activities.
I have read and agree to be bound by paragraphs 1 to 4.
5. In consideration of the Organization allowing the Participant to participate in the Activities, the Parties agree:
- a. That when the Participant practices or trains in their own space, the Parties are responsible for the Participant’s surroundings and the location and equipment that is selected for the Participant;
- b. That the Participant’s mental and physical condition is appropriate in the Activities and the Parties assume all risks to the Participant’s mental and physical condition;
- c. To comply with the rules and regulations for participation in the Activities;
- d. To comply with the rules of the facility or equipment;
- e. That if the Participant observes an unusual significant hazard or risk, the Participant will remove themselves from participation and bring their observations to a representative of the Organization immediately;
- f. The risks associated with the Activities are increased when the Participant is impaired, and the Participant willl not participate if impaired in any way;
- g. That it is their sole responsibility to assess whether the Activities are too difficult for the Participant. By the Participant commencing an Activity, they acknowledge and accept the suitability and conditions of the Activity;
- h. That they are responsible for the choice of the Participant’s safety or protective equipment and the secure fitting of that equipment; and
- i. That COVID-19 is contagious in nature and the Participant may be exposed to, or infected by,COVID-19 and such exposure may result in personal injury, illness, permanent disability, or death.
6. In consideration of the Organization allowing the Participant to participate, the Parties agree:
- a. That the Parties are not relying on any oral or written statements made by the Organization or its agents, whether in a brochure or advertisement or in individual conversations, to agree to participate in the Activities;
- b. That the Organization is not responsible or liable for any damage to the Participant’s vehicle, property, or equipment that may occur as a result of the Activities; and,
- c. That this Agreement is intended to be as broad and inclusive as is permitted by law of the Province of Ontario and if any portion thereof is held invalid, the balance shall, notwithstanding, continue in full legal force and effect.
7. The Parties agree that in the event that they file a lawsuit against the Organization, they agree to do so solely in the Province of Ontario and they further agree that the substantive law of the Province of Ontario will apply without regard to conflict of law rules.
8. The Parties acknowledge that they have read and understand this agreement, that they have executed this agreement voluntarily, and that this agreement is to be binding upon themselves, their heirs, their spouses, parents, guardians, next of kin, executors, administrators and legal or personal representatives.
I have read and agree to be bound by paragraphs 5 to 8.
Signature of Parent or Guardian:
CONSENT FOR USE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION
The Participant (and the Participant’s parent/guardian, if applicable) authorizes the Organization to collect and use personal information about the Participant for the purposes described in the Organization’s policies for privacy.
CONCUSSION CODE OF CONDUCT FOR ATHLETES AND PARENTS/GUARDIANS
(for athletes under 26 years of age)
The Rideau Curling Club takes seriously the health and well-being of all curlers and is committed to ensuring the safety of those participating in the sport of curling. The Club recognizes the increased awareness of concussions and their short and long-term effects and believes that prevention of concussions is principal to protecting the health and safety of individuals.
As part of a responsible risk management plan, the Club has adopted a Concussion Code of Conduct.
As an Athlete, I commit to the following.
1. I will help prevent concussion by:
- a. Wearing the proper equipment for curling and wearing it correctly.
- b. Developing my skills and strength so that I can participate to the best of my ability.
- c. Respecting the rules of the sport of curling.
- d. Demonstrating my commitment to fair play and respect for all (respecting other athletes, coaches, team trainers and officials).
2. I will care for my health and safety by taking concussion seriously, and I understand that:
- a. A concussion is a brain injury that can have both short and long-term effects.
- b. A blow to my head, face or neck, or a blow to the body that causes the brain to move around inside the skull may cause a concussion.
- c. I do not need to lose consciousness to have had a concussion.
- d. I have a commitment to concussion recognition and reporting, including self-reporting, including self-reporting of possible concussion and reporting to a Designated Person when I suspect that another individual may have sustained a concussion. (Meaning: If I think I might have a concussion, I should stop participating in further training, practice or competition immediately, and I will tell an adult if I think another participant has a concussion.)
- e. Continuing to participate in further training, practice or competition with a possible concussion increases my risk of more severe, longer lasting symptoms, and increases my risk of other injuries.
3. I will not hide concussion symptoms. I will speak up for myself and others.
- a. I will not hide my symptoms. I will tell a coach, official, team trainer, parent or another adult I trust if I experience any symptoms of concussion.
- b. If someone else tells me about concussion symptoms, or I see signs they might have a concussion, I will tell a coach, official, team trainer, parent or another adult I trust so they can help.
- c. I understand that if I have a suspected concussion, I will be removed from sport and that I will not be able to return to training, practice or competition until I undergo a medical assessment by a medical doctor or nurse practitioner and have been medically cleared to return to training, practice or competition.
- d. I have a commitment to sharing any pertinent information regarding incidents of removal from sport with my school and any oth er sport organization with which I have registered. (Meaning: If I am diagnosed with a concussion, I understand that letting all of my other coaches and teachers know about my injury will help them support me while I recover.)
4. I will take the time I need to recover, because it is important for my health.
- a. I understand my commitment to supporting the return-to-sport process and I will follow my sport organization’s Return-to-Sport Protocol.
- b. I understand I will have to be medically cleared by a medical doctor or nurse practitioner before returning to training, practice or competition.
- c. I will respect my coaches, team trainers, parents, healthcare professionals, and medical doctors and nurse practitioners, regarding my health and safety.
By signing here, I acknowledge that I have fully reviewed and commit to this Concussion Code of Conduct.
Signature of Participant’s Parent/Guardian:
Date: December 6, 2023