Can’t Sleep? Guest was injured, and you don’t know what to do? This book can answer those questions for you.

An injured guest is everyone’s business owner’s nightmare. What happened, how do you make sure it does not happen again, what can you do to help the guest, can you help the guests are just some of the questions that might be keeping you up at night.

This book can help you understand why people sue and how you can and should deal with injured, angry or upset guests of your business.

This book is designed to help you rest easy about what you need to do and how to do it. More importantly, this book will make sure you keep your business afloat and moving forward.

You did not get into the outdoor recreation business to worry or spend nights staying awake. Get prepared and learn how and why so you can sleep and quit worrying.

                                      Table of Contents

Chapter 1    Outdoor Recreation Risk Management, Law, and Insurance: An Overview

Chapter 2    U.S. Legal System and Legal Research

Chapter 3    Risk 25

Chapter 4    Risk, Accidents, and Litigation: Why People Sue

Chapter 5    Law 57

Chapter 6    Statutes that Affect Outdoor Recreation

Chapter 7    Pre-injury Contracts to Prevent Litigation: Releases

Chapter 8    Defenses to Claims

Chapter 9    Minors

Chapter 10    Skiing and Ski Areas

Chapter 11    Other Commercial Recreational Activities

Chapter 12    Water Sports, Paddlesports, and water-based activities

Chapter 13    Rental Programs

Chapter 14    Insurance

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Interested in the Legal Issues of Recreation and Sports Law? Attend the SRLA conference

Good morning SRLA members,

I hope everyone had an enjoyable holiday weekend, and is off to a productive start this semester. The BOD is working diligently on several initiatives related to our 2019 Conference; please read carefully below and respond to the appropriate parties where requested.

  • Call for Nominees: 2019 BOD Candidates

President-Elect Sungho Cho is soliciting nominations for the 2019 slate of BOD Candidates. Please see the message from SungHo here:

SRLA can only exist if our members are willing to dedicate themselves to this important service; please consider nominating yourself or a colleague.

  • Call for Abstract Reviewers:

SRLA is in need of reviewers to review conference abstract submissions. Please consider serving as a reviewer, as such service is vital to the organization and your colleagues within SRLA. We anticipate that abstract reviewers will need to review 7-10 abstracts between October 15th and November 1st. If you are interested in serving as a reviewer, please contact SRLA Past-President Michael Carroll at mscarroll, indicating your willingness to serve. Please also reach out to Michael Carroll with any questions.

  • Student Awards

Information is now available for our 2019 student awards; summaries are below, but full details are available at:

  • Bernard Patrick Maloy Graduate Student Research Award; Given annually to the graduate student who submits the best research paper to the Honors and Awards Committee. Award winners are encouraged to work towards future publication in Journal of Legal Aspects of Sport.

Submission Deadline: Saturday, 12/1/18

The winner will receive free Conference Registration and reimbursement up to $500 in expenses to attend the annual SRLA Conference. The winning paper and the selected student will be included in the Conference Program to present his/her paper, as well as recognized during the SRLA Awards Banquet

  • Undergraduate Student Research Poster Competition; Allows undergraduate students an opportunity to submit and present research for evaluation by a panel of judges from the SRLA professional membership. Accepted posters will be displayed concurrently with the Poster Session at the SRLA Conference, with the winning poster chosen by the panel of judges.

Submission Deadline: Saturday, 12/1/18

The Undergraduate Student Research Poster Competition involves undergraduate student or a team of two students submitting the most outstanding research-based poster according to the criteria and identified topic/theme. The winner(s) will receive a $250 cash award and recognition at SRLA Conference.

Topic: Legal Aspects of Sport and Recreation facing Global Sport Organizations

  • Conference Hotel Reservations:

The SRLA room block is available for you to make your conference hotel reservations. Our guaranteed number of rooms may be less than the number of attendees, so we recommend reserving your room as soon as you are able. To make a reservation, please follow the link at the bottom of the SRLA Accommodations webpage:

  • Abstract Submission Deadline

The deadline to submit an abstract is Friday, October 12, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Please visit the SRLA Abstract webpage for full details:

Save the date! SERR Conference in Athens, GA March 24-26, 2019

Save The Date

Southeastern Recreation Research Conference

March 24-26, 2019

Athens, GA

The 41st Annual Southeastern Recreation Research (SERR) Conference is officially scheduled for March 24-26, 2019 in beautiful downtown Athens, GA at the Graduate Hotel.

SERR provides an excellent opportunity for researchers, students, and managers throughout the natural resources, recreation, and tourism fields to learn about and discuss innovative and interdisciplinary research related to recreation and tourism in the Southeastern US, the US, and internationally. Registration to attend SERR and the call for poster and oral presentations will go out this fall.

Go to to learn more.

Best Regards,

Bynum Boley, Jamie Thorn, and Rob Porter (Conference Co-Chairs)

B. Bynum Boley, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management

Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources

180 East Green Street

University of Georgia

Athens, GA 30602-2152

phone: 706-583-8930

fax: 706-542-8356



Pathways – Human Dimensions of Fisheries and Wildlife Conference Europe

Pathways Europe 2018 – Goslar, Germany

Conference Announcement and Call for Papers

Pathways – Human Dimensions of Fisheries and Wildlife Conference Europe

Conference Theme: Resurrecting the Wild!?

Goslar, Germany – September 16 – 19, 2018

Improving the understanding of human dimensions of natural resource management and conservation through the application of social and economic sciences in a sustainable use and conservation context is being perceived as a major prerequisite for a successful balance of stakeholder interests, as reflected in the United Nations’ recently adapted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and in the EU Commission’s “Action Plan for nature, people and the economy.” However, crossing disciplinary boundaries and the effective engagement with the human dimensions of natural resources such as wildlife and fisheries is still uncommon, sometimes accredited to the lack of awareness about the scope and importance of social and economic sciences related to the environment. The Pathways – Human Dimensions of Fisheries and Wildlife Conference aims at bringing researchers and practitioners together that value the contributions of social, economic and social-ecological science to the improvement of natural resource management and conservation. The conference’s key target audiences are scientists, governmental and non-governmental natural resource managers, stakeholder groups, especially land and water users/land owners, and other practitioners in the field. It wants to attract enthusiastic presenters and trainers allowing professionals to participate and engage with like-minded professionals across national, state, and institutional boundaries.

Conference Subjects and Submission Deadlines

We are proposing four major content categories for thematic orientation:

  • Social-ecological systems as a framework for conservation management
  • Management of Human-Wildlife Conflicts: Large Carnivores in Europe (and beyond)
  • Management of Human-Wildlife Conflicts: “Other” Species in Europe (and beyond)
  • Natural Resource and Conservation Stakeholders: Managing Expectations and Engagement

For a detailed description of these subjects, the presentation formats and the submission instructions please visit the conference web site at and for further information.

Submission deadlines:

  • Individual abstracts for oral or poster presentations: February 28, 2018
  • All other formats: February 15, 2018

You may contact the organizers at pathways2018 in case of further questions.

Co-Hosted by Alfred Toepfer Academy for Nature Conservation and Colorado State University

Partners World Wildlife Fund and Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW)


4th annual Experience Industry Management Conference

The 4th annual Experience Industry Management Conference is coming up in just a few weeks (March 29-30) at Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. The goal of the conference is to create a common ground for idea sharing, networking, and collaboration for students, professionals, and academics interested in the design, implementation, and evaluation of meaningful experiences across a variety of contexts and industries (e.g., events, recreation, sports marketing/management, tourism, hospitality, etc.). The conference theme for this year is Experience Design.

This year’s conference will feature an excellent selection of experience design related speakers, workshops, and networking events. Announced speakers include:

  • Dan Farr: Founder of SLC Comic Con
  • Fire Fly: Firefly has opened for some of the biggest names in country music including: LeAnn Rimes, and Blake Shelton
  • Tanner Bell: President of Ragnar Events
  • Davis Smith: CEO of Cotopaxi
  • Todd Manwaring: Director of BYU’s Ballard Center for Economic Self-Reliance and Peery Social Entrepreneurship Program
  • Lee Moreau, Principal at Continuum
  • Shane Lewis: Senior Story Artist Avalanche Software, subsidiary of Disney Interactive Studios

The Conference will be preceded by a one day research retreat on March 28. The research retreat will have a mixture of research presentation, work in progress sessions, and round tables all with a focus on experience related research.

For more information regarding the conference and to register please visit:

2016 EIM Conference.pdf

Tourism Naturally Conference

Tourism Naturally Conference 2016

Last Chance to Submit Symposia Proposals: Submission Deadline March 15

Are you interested in being a thought leader at the Tourism Naturally Conference?

We invite you to submit symposia ideas for the inaugural Tourism Naturally Conference in Alghero, Italy, October 2nd – 5th, 2016.

Symposia, or organized sessions, offer the opportunities for attendees to organize a series of presentations related to any of the conference themes.

  • Symposia will be comprised of 4-6 paper presentations with a suggested time of 20 minutes per speaker (15 mins presenting, 5 mins Q & A).
  • Roundtable, panel discussions and other formats are also welcome.
  • Speakers are scheduled according to the organizer’s preferences.
  • Symposia are scheduled to run concurrently with other conference sessions.

For more information on how to submit your proposal, please visit our website:

Symposia Deadline: March 15, 2016

Individual Abstract Deadline: April 15, 2016

For updates on conference deadlines and information follow us on Twitter @TourismNat and Facebook

Click here for a list of Key Topics


World Leisure Congress on the African Continent


2016 LARASA World Leisure Congress

Theme : Challenges, Choices and Consequences

Congress Dates: 27 – 30 June 2016, Durban, South Africa



The first World Leisure Congress on the African continent will be hosted by the Leisure and Recreation Association of South Africa (LARASA) in Durban, from 27 – 30 June 2016. The aim is to explore the main theme “Challenges, Choices and Consequences” by creating a platform for professionals from diverse fields to interact, share and present a context for leisure services and opportunities. We anticipate speakers and delegates from many countries, communities and academic fields to merge their knowledge by identifying the challenges that confront us, to develop strategies in making the right choices and to achieve positive consequences for all. The benefits of leisure has been widely documented and this congress will highlight the importance of an integrated approach using leisure services to improve the human condition, transform spaces and boost the economy.

The legacy we leave behind for future generations as leisure professionals is reflected not only in the extensive scientific research evidence debated throughout the week, but also in the mentorship and grooming of the young leisure professional as a future leader. The Congress provides a platform for young people to be part of the volunteer corp under expert supervision throughout the week.

Together with the World Leisure Centers of Excellence (Breda, Deusto, Aizona State University and Vancouver Island), we are thrilled to announce the innovative field school concept which will be held during the week of the Congress. Leisure and Tourism students are invited to be part of this stimulating and exciting opportunity to engage in a critical discourse with a focus on theory and hands on practicum in a local setting within the city of Durban.

The warmest place to be in South Africa is Durban (! Located on the east coast, it is a popular tourist destination and coastal city, a trendsetter in offering great lifestyle, adventure activities, natural beauty and is an astonishingly liveable city. The city played host to the successful 2010 FIFA World Cup events which transformed Durban into a leisure and sustainable city where different cultures mingle. The celebration of the historic and cultural event in 2016, of the 200 year anniversary of the formation of the Zulu Nation under the leadership of King Shaka, provides the perfect landscape for the 2016 LARASA World Leisure Congress.

A warm and cordial invitation is extended to all presenters and delegates to explore and reflect on the role of leisure across the lifespan and all sectors to become the fastest growing global trend to address global concerns. The congress affords each one an opportunity to share research across the spectrum of the environment, society and the economy.

Submissions are invited for the following sub themes

1. Leisure and Society

2. Leisure, Health and Happiness

3. Leisure and the Environment

4. Leisure, the Economy and Technology

5. Leisure Research / Methodology / Theory

6. Leisure and Tourism

7. Leisure Management

8. Leisure and Education

9. Leisure, theme parks and playgrounds

10. Leisure, culture and creative industries

Abstract Submission

Abstracts should be 400-500 words, structured as follows and submitted using the online abstract submission form.

Full title of paper as it will appear in the conference programme (not more than 10 words)

a. Abstract should include, background (outline of the context and/or academic literature informing the research),

i. approach (indication of the broad theoretical orientation and/or methodological approach), and

ii. significance (description and application of the original research findings reported in the paper)

b. Most relevant conference theme as listed above.

c. Type of presentation

a. Due date for abstract : 30 June 2015

For further information, please visit our websites : and

We look forward to hosting you in the warm city of Durban where the fun never stops!

Take advantage of the early bird registration which is now open.

Kind regards

The Organising Committee

Leisure and Recreation Association of South Africa

P O Box 202122 Durban North 4016 South Africa

T : +27 82 4848146