Alan Caskey, Ph.D., Parks and Recreation Consultant ::::
In September 2009, the Plaintiff, then eleven years old, was playing tackle football in a youth league. When running with the ball along the sideline, the Plaintiff was tackled. The Plaintiff alleges that the tackle caused him to “fly through the air” for a distance of five to seven feet, impacting his left knee on a fence causing an injury.
Most youth football leagues and school teams follow the rules of The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFSHSA). Their football field requirements call for a 2 meter (6 foot) restricted zone (clear area) around the field. The football field at this park has a five to seven-foot clear area on the football field sidelines. Players and coaches are allowed within the restricted area.