The emergence of social media apps like meetups, facebook group, whatsapp make it easy for people to organize local sport events and attract various people to attend. Meetup is still the leading platform for social and sports events hosting in USA and Canada. The questions is "Is insurance needed when organizing amateur sport meetup event?" .

I run multiple free soccer meetups via ShowUpAndPlay. All I have is a solid waiver that is clearly shown during sign up, and in the description of all events. It is a volunteering initiative to run these groups and I don’t feel like I should spend money on insurance. But if you start organizing paid competitions, I think you should get a liability insurance . Here is my waiver used for my meetup events. Regardless, I think you should always talk to a lawyer and get some advice before organizing an event where people can get seriously injured or die. If you have a homeowner policy, you might be covered (liability insurance) for your any type of volunteering events you organize. Check with you insurance broker to confirm. Regardless of having insurance or not, you still need to know how to summon emergency services when you plan an event and be as prepared as reasonably possible.

Bottom Line: No, you don’t need insurance for your meetup events, but you should certainly practice basic risk management.

Below are some insurances than can cover your sport events:

  • Liability Insurance: Liability insurance is insurance that provides protection against claims resulting from injuries and damage property.
  • Business Insurance: Business interruption insurance can make up for lost cash flow and profits incurred because of an event that has interrupted your normal business operations.
  • Property Insurance: To cover your owned, non-owned, and leased business property (contents, buildings if applicable, computers, office supplies, and any other property that you need to operate your business) for such perils as fire, windstorm, smoke damage, water damage, and theft.


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