Why am I asked to sign a Liability Waiver before joining or renewing with my club or with PCO? It seems very onerous and one sided.

June 16, 2020

The suggested Liability Waiver was prepared by a law firm experienced in the field of sports law as requested by our insurer.  The signing of a Waiver is strongly suggested and will ultimately be  mandatory for membership as it is multi-purpose including:

  1. Educational- the Waiver reinforces the fact that there are risks associated with playing pickleball as is the case for all sports.  Members need to be aware of these risks and take positive action to reduce their likelihood of occurrence by playing safely, within their limits and with proper preparation.
  2. Preventative- the Waiver conditions reinforce for the member that they should not play in facilities or under conditions that they consider unsafe for them.  
  3. Individual protection – we unfortunately have become a litigious society. With the Waiver being signed by you and all others you’re playing with, it can be used by you and/or the insurance company to defend against a claim from another player if, for example, injury results from a serious collision between two of you. 
  4. Organizational protection- similar to individual protection, your club, provincial organization and/or national organization if named in a multi-party claim is afforded the ability to defend such a claim.

If clubs allow non-PCO members to play at their facility as guests or for orientation, etc.  the Club should have a similar waiver for them to sign.  Non-PCO members are not covered by PCO insurance.