Learn to Skate Waiver & Release 

Silver Lining Skating Club/School are committed to conducting its skating programs and activities in a safe manner and holds the safety of participants in high regard. It is our goal to strive to reduce risks and insists that all participants follow safety rules and instructions that are designed to protect the participants’ safety. However, participants and parents/guardians of minors registering for this program must recognize that there is an inherent risk of injury when choosing to participate in ice skating activities. 

As a parent or guardian, you are solely responsible for determining if you or your minor child/ward are physically fit and/or adequately skilled for ice-skating activities. It is always advisable, especially if the participant is pregnant, disabled in any way or recently suffered an illness, injury or impairment, to consult a physician before undertaking any physical activity. 

Warning of Risk 

Ice-skating is intended to challenge and engage the physical, mental and emotional resources of the participant. Despite careful and proper preparation, instruction, medical advice, conditioning and equipment, there is still a risk of serious injury, including but not limited to head injury, neck or back injury, wrist and ankle fractures, and other orthopedic injuries to limbs and joints. Individuals who have a history of these problems should seek the advice of their physician BEFORE engaging in activities that may aggravate pre-existing problems. 

It is impossible to foresee all hazards and dangers. The very nature of ice- skating is risky, including but not limited to slip and falls, colliding with other skaters of varying degrees of skill (including being struck from behind), tripping on irregular ice surfaces, cuts from skate blades, inadequate or defective equipment, ill-fitting skates, failure in supervision or instruction, horseplay, carelessness, poor technique, poor conditioning, rule violations, striking a stationary object, premises defects outside the rink, and all other risks inherent to the sport of ice-skating. In this regard, it must be recognized that it is impossible for the sponsoring organization to guarantee absolute safety. 

Photo/Video Policy 

Silver Lining Skating Club/School may take photos and video of participants, during special events at the Bridgewater Ice Arena. By signing the waiver, you are giving permission to the sponsoring organization to use these photos and video in publications, social media and on our website. 

 

Waiver and Release of All Claims and Assumption of Risk 

Please read this form carefully and be aware that in signing up and participating in this program/activity, you will be expressly assuming the risk and legal liability and waiving and releasing all claims for injuries, damages or loss which you or your minor child/ward might sustain as a result of participating in any and all activities connected with and associated with this program/activity (including transportation services and vehicle operations, when provided). 

I recognize and acknowledge that there are certain risks of physical injury to participants in this program/activity, and I voluntarily agree to assume the full risk of any and all injuries, damages or loss, regardless of severity, that my minor child/ward or I may sustain as a result of said participation. I further agree to waive and relinquish all claims I or my minor child/ward may have (or accrue to me or my child/ward) as a result of participating in this program/activity against the Silver Lining Skating Club/School including its officials, agents, volunteers and employees. 

I further agree to defend, indemnify, and hold the sponsoring organization harmless against any and all liability, loss, expense, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, or claims for injury or damages arising out of my participation (or my minor child/ward’s participation) in this activity; but only in proportion to and to the extent such liability, loss, expense, attorney’s fees, or claims for injury or damages are caused by or result from my or my minor child’s/ward’s acts(s) or omission(s). 

I have read and fully understand the above important information, warning of risk, photo/video policy, assumption of risk and waiver and release of all claims, and indemnification agreement. 

If registering on-line or via fax, my on-line or facsimile signature shall substitute for and have the same legal effect as an original form signature. PARTICIPATION WILL BE DENIED if the signature of adult participant or parent/guardian and date are not on this waiver. 

Concussion Waiver 

This information is to help protect your children or teens from concussion or other serious brain injury. Use this information at your children’s or teens’ games and practices to learn how to spot a concussion and what to do if a concussion occurs. 

What Is a Concussion? A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury—or TBI—caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth. This fast movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, creating chemical changes in the brain and sometimes stretching and damaging the brain cells. 

How Can I Help Keep My Children or Teens Safe? Sports are a great way for children and teens to stay healthy and can help them do well in school. To help lower your children or teens’ chances of getting a concussion or other serious brain injury, you should:  

  • Help create a culture of safety for the team.  

  • Work with their coach to teach ways to lower the chances of getting a concussion. 

  • Talk with your children or teens about concussion and ask if they have concerns about reporting a concussion. Talk with them about their concerns; emphasize the importance of reporting concussions and taking time to recover from one. 

  • Ensure that they follow their coach’s rules for safety and the rules of the sport. 

 Tell your children or teens that you expect them to practice good sportsmanship at all times. When appropriate for the sport or activity, teach your children or teens that they must wear a helmet to lower the chances of the most serious types of brain or head injury. However, there is no “concussion-proof” helmet. So, even with a helmet, it is important for children and teens to avoid hits to the head. 

How Can I Spot a Possible Concussion? Children and teens who show or report one or more of the signs and symptoms listed below—or simply say they just “don’t feel right” after a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body—may have a concussion or other serious brain injury. Signs Observed by Parents or Coaches • Appears dazed or stunned. • Forgets an instruction, is confused about an assignment or position, or is unsure of the game, score, or opponent. • Moves clumsily. • Answers questions slowly. • Loses consciousness (even briefly). • Shows mood, behavior, or personality changes. • Can’t recall events prior to or after a hit or fall. 

Symptoms Reported by Children and Teens • Headache or “pressure” in head. • Nausea or vomiting. • Balance problems or dizziness, or double or blurry vision. • Bothered by light or noise. • Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy. • Confusion, or concentration or memory problems. • Just not “feeling right,” or “feeling down.” 

Talk with your children and teens about concussion. Tell them to report their concussion symptoms to you and their coach right away. Some children and teens think concussions aren’t serious or worry that if they report a concussion they will lose their position on the team or look weak. Be sure to remind them that it’s better to miss one game than the whole season. Concussions affect each child and teen differently. While most children and teens with a concussion feel better within a couple of weeks, some will have symptoms for months or longer. Talk with your children or teens’ health care provider if their concussion symptoms do not go away or if they get worse after they return to their regular activities. 

What Are Some More Serious Danger Signs to Look Out For? In rare cases, a dangerous collection of blood (hematoma) may form on the brain after a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body and can squeeze the brain against the skull. Call 9-1-1 or take your child or teen to the emergency department right away if, after a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body, he or she has one or more of these danger signs: • One pupil larger than the other. • Drowsiness or inability to wake up. • A headache that gets worse and does not go away. • Slurred speech, weakness, numbness, or decreased coordination. • Repeated vomiting or nausea, convulsions or seizures (shaking or twitching). • Unusual behavior, increased confusion, restlessness, or agitation. • Loss of consciousness (passed out/knocked out). Even a brief loss of consciousness should be taken seriously. Children and teens who continue to play while having concussion symptoms or who return to play too soon—while the brain is still healing— have a greater chance of getting another concussion. A repeat concussion that occurs while the brain is still healing from the first injury can be very serious and can affect a child or teen for a lifetime. It can even be fatal. 

What Should I Do If My Child or Teen Has a Possible Concussion? As a parent, if you think your child or teen may have a concussion, you should: 

1. Remove your child or teen from play. 

2. Keep your child or teen out of play the day of the injury. Your child or teen should be seen by a health care provider and only return to play with permission from a health care provider who is experienced in evaluating for concussion. 

3. Ask your child or teen’s health care provider for written instructions on helping your child or teen return to school. You can give the instructions to your child or teen’s school nurse and teacher(s) and return-to-play instructions to the coach and/or athletic trainer. 

Do not try to judge the severity of the injury yourself. Only a health care provider should assess a child or teen for a possible concussion. Concussion signs and symptoms often show up soon after the injury. But you may not know how serious the concussion is at first, and some symptoms may not show up for hours or days. The brain needs time to heal after a concussion. A child or teen’s return to school and sports should be a gradual process that is carefully managed and monitored by a health care provider.