N.J. high school baseball player sues coach for telling him to slide

A New Jersey judge is being asked to consider whether a high school baseball coach was “negligent” when he signaled for one of his players to slide during a game, resulting in injury.

A judge had already dismissed the case, but the appellate court ruled that the lower court judge “never analyzed whether (the player) presented facts in support of his claim that … conduct was reckless.” The judge will now reconsider the suit and either dismiss it or set a trial.

According to court documents, and as reported by MyCentralJersey.com, former Bound Brook High School baseball player Jake Maser hit a ball into the gap with runners on second and third with his team up 6-0. As Maser rounded second and approached third, coach John Suk signaled Maser to slide. When Maser dropped to the ground, his cleat dug into the dirt and caused him to roll over his right ankle. The injury required surgery.

Maser’s lawsuit claims Suk and the Bound Brook Board of Education “negligently” and “carelessly” supervised the game, according to court documents. The article does not indicate what Maser seeks in damages.

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So a coach was doing his job and trying to win a game and prevent that player from getting out. And now he’s being blamed for it. God what a weak world we live in nowadays.


So should a coach be able to sue the kids parents for poor performance? I mean, when you lose as a coach, your opportunities for advancement are fewer which means potentially less pay. Could a coach seek damages on the kids (families) if they underperform? Sounds ridiculous but so does the lawsuit mentioned. Where is the line drawn? Completely selfish people.


This kid is a p**** what does he expect it’s baseball not checkers. His teammates should disown him. And his parents should smack themselves for wasting a good evening on him.


The player slid, the coach didn’t push him. He doesn’t have a case.


This is by far the dumbest thing I have read on the internet today. Absolutely and utterly assanine. You knew the possibility of injury involved in the game when you signed up, same goes for any and all sports.


What a terrible article, it doesn’t even say if he was safe or out

Ken Shearer

WOW!!!!!!!! REALLY???!!! This is what happens when you give kids a trouphy for participating in a sport. As a coach you teach the kids to slide safely. You spend hrs working on this skill.
So if the coach wins does this mean the kid will sue the cleat manufacturer for making his clears that dug into the dirt to far.
When will it stop people.

Oh wait. This will allow any one in the country to sue a teacher for a piss poor grade.


So now we should ban Cleats right?


Why’s he trying to stretch a double into a triple when you’re up 8-0 already?


You really have to wonde about parents these days. Put a drug in bubble around your kid! Bound Brook always was and always will be s bunch of baby’s! I’d sue the parents of that kid for bringing up a child in this environment. Frigid liberalls


How did he ever make it to this level of play????


It’s up to the judge to do the right thing and throw this garbage out. Period.


This is ridiculous. I am a Coach, I tell my girls to slide to avoid getting hurt, hit with the ball etc. You sign up for any sport, you take the risk of getting hurt. What a disgrace for a Judge to even entertain this complaint! What a disgrace to the parents, trying to make an easy buck. If the Judge hears the case then the Coach should sue the parents for not preparing the kid for the sport and teaching them to slide properly. Idiots….


Why should a high school coach force the triple when you are up 6 runs, why not hold the runner on second in scoring position. Why be aggressive in this situation especially with a high school player. My book this was overly aggressive given the little information we have, how many outs? What inning etc


If the kid knew how to slide correctly there would be no story here!!!

Stephanie Ingram

Wow! By high school, a player has slid thousands of times. In baseball, the rule is slide or avoid. If the player didn’t slide, then they are at fault. Injury is a risk everyone takes playing a sport. It’s unfortunate the kid got hurt, but whether it’s high school or pro, a coach tells you to slide not only to be safe, but to avoid a collision or possible head injury. The coach did nothing wrong here. The kid slid incorrectly. How is that the coach’s fault?! Maybe it’s the field crew’s fault because there was a rock? Maybe it… Read more »

Brian Williams not the news guy

Wow. Sue the coach for poor execution by a player.

Terence O'Connor

Sue the baseball shoe mfg, and the cleat mfg, and and the school for improper grounds maintenance and God for making bad dirt.

Dennis L Jones

The parents should be ashamed of themselves for using their child to make a quick dollar. This is in so many ways wrong. Baseball or any other sport for that matter there is always a chance for injury. Knowing these parents if the athlete does not slide and runs into the third baseman they sue the coach for NOT telling him to slide. Idiot greedy parents.


Dang.. I missed a chance to have my daughter’s college paid for when the line drive hit back at her broke her finger requiring surgery! Anyone know the statute of limitations? Plus I tore my ACL in a HS game, coach shouldn’t have made me double team a player! Then there is the bicep tendon tear I had in BJJ class. I’m so gonna be rich!!!

Scott C. Day

Learn how to slide dope.

Robert Mathewson

Lawsuit sounds like ambulance chasing. As coaches, we can train our athletes in proper techniques, but injuries can still happen. Several years ago, I had an athlete tear ligaments in his ankle sliding into a base. He did everything correctly, but his cleat caught on the base. If the coach trained this player correctly there is no negligence.

Ulf Lilienthal

There is a difference between a coach being aggressive and being reckless. Since this was a JV game maybe the coach was being aggressive trying to teach a player to go for an extra base so when he has to do it in a future game he has the confidence to try it. There is no way the coach would know that the player would execute a poor slide and hurt himself. I am sure the coach felt bad but there is no way this lawsuit should have been reopened. The parents of this kid should be ashamed of themselves,… Read more »

Mike Sedor

This is one of the most ridiculous things I have ever seen. I have been a player, coach, and an umpire at all levels of baseball, and a player blaming their coach for something like this is unreal. Looking at it as a coach, you want your players to slide to avoid injury by getting hit with the ball or making contact with the fielder, plus they have a much better chance of being safe with a well executed slide. As an umpire, if the player does NOT attempt to avoid contact on a close play (sliding) they are called… Read more »

Imagine a world without coaches!!!
Not to far off.

Imagine a world without coaches!!!
Not to far off.


Rusty Hunter

Why Slide? Someone said. Then why play? Play to win. We keep score. So does life. Never let your emotions dictate your activity. Work hard all the time. YOu never know what’s around the corner. Prepare for the unexpected. Besides, its the kids fault he tore up his ankle. Slidinng is never taght by using the “hang your cleats in the dirt” technique. If so the coach would have been fired long ago. Accidents are not negligence. Throw the case out. Its the only solution here.


Everybody gets a trophy.

Brian Williams

Might as well sue the kid that hit the ball. Had he hit it further there would have been no need to slide. Sue the groundskeeper too; the ground was apparently too hard and not prepared properly to provide a soft landing for her delicate child. Sue the makers of the shoe because the shoe was not properly designed to account for this child failure to remember what he was taught about sliding. Sue his parents for not having enough fast twitch muscle fibers so he could run faster.