i just came from a conference with a high school headmaster and his athletic director regarding whether or not the school was negligent (and thus should be liable for damages resulting from injuries that were caused as a result of the negligence). This situation is as follows:
6-8th grade school team… starting pitcher at 85 pitches after 4 innings. At the beginning of the 4th the starting pitcher complains of elbow pain in the dugout. The coaches are aware.
Also… the starter, who was throwing 70mph at the beginning of the game, was now at 61 max. He began giving up runs (although he was getting hit hard early, the balls were right at outfielders who made the plays).
At the top of the 5th… the coach brings on a relief pitcher. Flame thrower. (14 yr old lean, lanky lefty who throws up to 84MPH). No warm up before coming into the game though. In fact, throughout the 4th there were no pitchers being warmed up.
The reliever begins taking warm ups on the mound. But 2 pitches into it, the coach comes out to the mound bringing the original starter with him. The reliever is sent to the bench.
The starter gives up a home run after a somewhat labored 8 pitch first batter in the 5th.
Coach brings back the same reliever…
various degrees of all hell happen after this.
Without telling you gurus yet what happened… my question here is what, if any, coaching errors occurred to this point and what would you reasonably expect would be the result(s)???