EIUvltr wrote: ... the athletic trainer informed me that even though we have told the AD we need new equipment numerous times, I am still liable if someone gets hurt, ...
With all due respect to the athlectic trainer, you're getting your legal advice second hand ... and from a non-qualified source. RG is right ... ASK for written proof that you're liable ... which your AD is unlikely to give you.
Put the onus on HIM ... and the school ... assuming that's how a lawsuit will come down. With this type of pressure, he may see the light to improve the safety of the equipment. At the very least, you're covering your a$$.
BTW, this includes poles. In another thread, I recall that you complained about the lack of pole selection. Vaulting on the wrong pole can cause a vaulter to stall out, or shoot over the pit ... or off to the side. You do have a responsibility as a coach to advise re pole selection and grip ... but it goes all the way up the ladder too ... to the head coach and AD who refused to get new equip (get him/them to say this in an email, then save it ... just in case) ... to the school that refused to fund the program properly.
Keep badgering the school officials until things improve.
And BTW, don't scream at them ... school officials are people too! Maybe you need to take a remedial course in sports psychology ... or something like that ... to learn how to deal with people better.