[quote=""Caballo Diablo""]No need to bash ...[/quote]
the Waiver wrote:The undersigned acknowledges that the Austin Turfcats and Turfcats Sports and Entertainment, LLC. does not offer Workman’s Compensation as this team does not hire employees to play indoor football. All coaches and players are independent contractors who perform a skill less than ten hours each week throughout the 2009 season and that this is a seasonal part time business for all coaches and players. No employment contracts are issued.
According to this, the team offers no contracts for either players or coaches period.
I'm not bashing for the sake of bashing. I have no financial or other interests in any league or team. I have seen games in four leagues now (five this spring). No one has been totally or vastly superior to any others (with the exception of the APFL, which is what it is).
I am for the protection of players. Players have been killed in indoor football. The proper insurance protects the player and it protects the team. I would think if a player was seriously injured under IC status, the team could be sued outright.
Providing certified trainers and medical personnel is only ethical and moral when asking players to risk their bodies for this sport.
If a league or team is not up to the task or protecting its players, then perhaps the prospective owners and executives should find something else to do.
A player contract protects both the team and the player. It secures the team the rights to that player for the time it is in effect (one season contracts are pretty much the norm in indoor football). Without a contract, a player could walk out and play for a different team (or in a different league) and the team would have no recourse. I don't even see how playing without a contract saves a team money, unless the team has no intention of paying the player. Under this no-contract stuff, a coach could walk out, take his playbook with him (remember as an IC, he would own it, not the team) and go join an opposing squad the week before the game.
The other leagues have their problems. I've seen 2 1/2 leagues go under, all justified. While it would have been nice if the Swashbucklers stayed in the IFL, I could understand it for geographical reasons. Most of these leagues have started out reasonably, but people have gotten delusions of grandeur, thinking they have to be coast to coast.
There are a lot of petty reasons for bashing in minor league sports, but the way a team or league proposes to treat its players, especially if that treatment is less than professional, then the bash it legit.
Yes, many amateur teams require a player carry insurance before being allowed to participate, but there is a difference between a rec league and a professional league.
If that makes me, as Spiro Agnew once said, "a nattering nabob of negativisim," so be it.
I'm a man and I can take not being the most popular cheerleader at the junior prom. If I cross the line on the boards, the moderators will slap my wrist and I'm man enough to take that punishment.
But I will say, the casual fan when reading in the daily news that player x was hurt at the game and was not taken care of because the team has no provision for it, will not support the team (unless they were looking for some sort of gladitorial games).
Here endeth the rant.