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Standards in the Recreational Field


On Thursday, November 15, 2012, at 2 p.m. ET, The TASA Group, Inc., in conjunction with recreation expert Tom Bowler, presented a free, one-hour, interactive webinar, Standards in the Recreational Field, for all legal professionals.

This program explored recreational standards within the industry. The difference between the "standard of care" and the "standard of practice" was reviewed. The definition of a "standard" from the standpoint of the industry was shared with the audience. The presenter explored playgrounds, athletics, physical education and recreation with regard to appropriate standards. Actual cases from the presenter's experience from over 300 cases wereutilized. Lastly, the presenter examined how to support a case without the benefit of a published industry standard.

About the Expert
Over the last 18 years, Tom Bowler has served as an expert witness/consultant on over 300 cases for both plaintiff and defense attorneys throughout the United States. In 1966, Tom received his B.S. degree in physical education from the University of Connecticut. He earned his M.Ed. from Springfield College in 1973 and received his Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies from the University of Connecticut in 1981.

Tom is credentialed by two recognized playground entities promoting playground safety. He is a Certified Playground Safety Inspector endorsed by the National Recreation and Park Association, and he is certified by the National Program for Playground Safety.

Previously, Tom taught elementary physical education for thirty-three years in Vernon, Connecticut. His credentials include high school coaching early in his career. He has been a director of intramurals and recreation at a Division III University. Tom was also an adjunct lecturer teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
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