Title 51, Chapter 1, Section 20.1
(a) As used in this Code section, the term:
(1) "Compensation" does not mean or include any gift, any
reimbursement for any reasonable expense incurred for the benefit
of a nonprofit athletic program, or, in the case of an umpire or
referee, a modest honorarium.
(2) "Nonprofit association" means any entity which is organized as
a nonprofit corporation or a nonprofit unincorporated association
under the laws of this state, including, but not limited to, youth
or sports associations, volunteer fire associations, or religious,
charitable, fraternal, veterans, civic, county fair, or
agricultural associations, or any separately chartered auxiliary
of the foregoing, if organized and operated on a nonprofit basis.
(3) "Safety program" means a program designed for education and
training with respect to safety and accident prevention as related
to the home, vehicle maintenance and operation, boating, hunting,
firearms, self-protection, fire hazards, or other activity which
may involve exposures to personal injury or property damage.
(4) "Sports program" means any program or organized activity:
(A) Which conducts any competitive sport which is formally
recognized as a sport, on the date on which any cause of action
arises to which this Code section is applicable, by the United
States Olympic Committee as specified by and under the
jurisdiction of the Amateur Sports Act of 1978, Public Law
95-606, 36 U.S.C. Section 371, et seq., the Amateur Athletic
Union, or the National Collegiate Athletic Association; and
(B) Which is organized for recreational purposes and related
training and education and the activities of which are
substantially for such purpose.
(5) "Volunteer" means any person rendering services as a manager,
coach, instructor, umpire, or referee, or assistant to such
person, who performs such services without compensation.
(b) Except as provided in subsection (c) of this Code section, no
person who is a volunteer for a sports program or safety program of
a nonprofit association, or any employee or officer of such
nonprofit association conducting or sponsoring such sports or safety
program, shall be liable to any person as a result of any acts or
omissions in rendering such services or in conducting or sponsoring
such sports or safety programs if such person was acting in good
faith within the scope of his or her assigned duties and unless the
conduct of such person amounts to willful and wanton misconduct or
gross negligence; provided, however, the defense of immunity is
waived as to those actions for the recovery of damages against such
persons for which liability insurance protection for such claims has
been provided, but such waiver shall only apply to the extent of any
liability insurance so provided.
(c) Nothing in this Code section shall be construed as affecting or
modifying the liability of such volunteers, employees, officers, or
a nonprofit association for acts or omissions relating to the
transportation of participants in a sports program or safety program
to or from a game, training session, event, or practice, or relating
to the care and maintenance of real estate unrelated to the
practice, training, or playing areas which such volunteers,
employees, officers, or a nonprofit association owns, possesses, or
(d) This Code section shall apply to any cause of action arising on
or after July 1, 1988.