Safety & Disclaimer
* YOU MUST READ & AGREE TO EVERYTHING ON THIS PAGE BEFORE PLAYING ANY SPORT WITH US *
We rarely have issues at games, and to keep our games clean and enjoyable for everyone we've outlined below what's acceptable & what's not. It's all common sense!
Please note that all the sports we play have risks associated with them and you are fully responsible for looking after yourself. Also, please look after each other. These sports sessions are social and are not led by a qualified instructor. Please consult your doctor if you're unsure whether you're fit enough to be taking part in these sports, as even a sociable beginner game of basketball can be demanding. All games are to be friendly and not taken seriously, so please don't charge at each other and avoid aggressive behaviour. If you're looking for a hard, competitive league to let your aggression out or to show off then PlayFit is not for you. All of our players must be able to play their sports in safety. Inconsiderate or dangerous players will be banned. Please be aware that you are responsible for warming up before playing any sport and cooling down & stretching afterwards. Those wearing glasses are advised to consider wearing contact lenses, and those wearing watches, piercings, earrings, jewelry and other valuables MUST remove them before playing. Fingernails MUST be trimmed short at all times. In wet weather, please dry your trainers & be careful when running on court to prevent slipping. The only footwear permitted is non-marking sports trainers. You are responsible for ensuring that your trainers are appropriate for the sports you play. Please turn all mobile phones off. If you really must take an urgent call then please leave the sports hall so that you don't disturb the other players. Inconsiderate players will be banned. If you bring spectators then you are responsible for them & their behaviour. No smoking at any of the sports halls or their grounds. No alcohol, no drugs. No eating in the sports hall. Please ask permission before using cameras or other recording devices. Flash photography is never permitted. Make sure that your valuables are well protected in a bag so that they aren't damaged if a stray ball hits it. Don't leave your valuables in the changing rooms. Bring them into the sports hall & find a suitable protected place to put them. By playing any sports with PlayFit, you must accept full responsiblity for damage and loss to yourself and your property.
If a fire alarm sounds at any time you're on the grounds of one of our sports halls then you should leave by the nearest exit immediately. Leave the grounds and we'll assemble at the entrance of the grounds. Do not go into the changing rooms or back into the sports hall for any of your belongings.
The biggest risk comes from being hit by a basketball ball so do be alert and don't stand under the hoops. Players at the Sunday beginners basketball session should also avoid the walls, where collisions can occur. Please ensure you wear basketball trainers or a suitable alternative, but not running shoes as these may offer little support to your ankles when twisting/turning/jumping. You must NOT bounce the ball hard on the floor to bounce it over someone's head - this could result in injury and won't be tolerated. Also be careful if bouncing the ball through someone's legs, so that you don't knacker them.
Please be carefull when spiking (smashing) the ball down into the opposition's side of the court. Spiking is a part of the game but doesn't need to be aggressive. You shouldn't kick the ball, whether during play or to pass the ball to the opposing team. This usually just slows things down and can be dangerous if you don't have good aim. It's good practise to call for the ball if you're going for it so that your team-mates know & can give you some space. If players don't call loudly & clearly then they can bump into each other & miss the ball entirely. Our games are friendly team games so give your team-mates plenty of space, & don't run through players in a rush to get the ball. It's better to lose a few points than injure your team-mates.
We don't allow the use of arms, elbows, or hands against other players. We enforce this rule strongly to ensure everyone's safety, and players shoving opponents will be banned. Be careful when challenging players around the walls, not to squash them or send them flying. Goalkeepers should be careful not to collide with the goal posts when saving the ball. Don't repeatedly hack opponents in an attempt to get the ball - you'll probably end up kicking the player more than the ball & this is unacceptable. Don't raise your foot above waist height to reach a ball or to score a goal - you may end up kicking a player.
Safety details coming [Dec 2007]...
Safety details coming [Dec 2007]...