The Second Department, reversing Supreme Court in this negligent supervision action, determined plaintiff-student assumed the risk of injury from a blocking sled during football practice. Plaintiff was not feeling well and was on the sidelines watching practice. He was not paying attention when a blocking sled, pushed by several players, veered toward him and ran over his foot. The court noted that the assumption of risk doctrine applies to bystanders and spectators:
The doctrine of primary assumption of the risk applies not only to participants in a qualified activity, but also to bystanders or spectators who have placed themselves in close proximity to it, “particularly where the record shows that the plaintiff had viable alternatives to [his or] her own location” … . “[T]he spectator at a sporting event, no less than the participant, accepts the dangers that inhere in it so far as they are obvious and necessary'”… .
Here, the defendant established its prima facie entitlement to judgment as a matter of law. The defendant submitted evidence that the plaintiff fully comprehended the risks inherent in the sport of football, specifically, that a blocking sled could veer to the left or the right while it was being used in a drill … . M.F. v Jericho Union Free Sch. Dist., 2019 NY Slip Op 03781, Second Dept 5-15-19