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School Bans Balls at Recess & Parents are to Blame

Posted by on Oct. 8, 2013 at 1:10 PM
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School Bans Balls at Recess & Parents are to Blame

by Jeanne Sager

footballThrowing a football on the playground is a game as old as time (or at least as old as the game itself). But the pigskin has been pulled from the playground at one Long Island school because kids are getting hurt.

Oh my stars, can you imagine? A child, getting hurt?

Why, that never, ever happens in my house. Uh uh. There are no skinned knees here. No bug bites either. And certainly not anything that may require a Band-Aid. Why, we're just like every other house with an elementary schooler -- absolutely accident-free. Wait, that's what your house is like, right? RIGHT?

Alright, alright, I'll admit it.

That's all a load of horse manure.

Yes, my 8-year-old gets hurt sometimes. Of course she does! She's 8! And she's a human being! She got a knock on the noggin at soccer practice a few weeks ago. And there's a bruise on her knee from something or other that happened at the park.

So what did I do about it? Tell her she can't go to the park anymore because she might get hurt? Pull her out of soccer immediately?

Nope and nope. I checked her to make sure it was nothing serious, and sent her back out to live her life because sometimes, we get hurt. And unless you want your kid to miss out on pretty much everything fun in life, you've got to tell them to buck up!

Unfortunately, schools can't tell kids to buck up. Every time you turn around, they're getting sued. And so every time you turn around, another absolutely ridiculous ban is being put in place.

That's the type of thing the folks at Weber Middle School in Port Washington, New York seem to be indicating, right? Kids are getting hurt; they don't want to get sued, so they're banning footballs.

Normal parents like me get angry with the schools, but is it really their fault? Or is it the fault of the parents who won't just tell their kids to buck up? Who won't accept that kids getting hurt is a part of life?

Maybe the answer isn't in banning footballs (or tag) but in asking the rest of us if we'll sign a waiver that our kids CAN play with footballs ... and we're OK with the normal bumps and bruises of childhood. It's not a perfect option; the much more preferable one would be parents who just stopped being so sue happy and kids who understood that one little bump is not the end of the world. 

But this is where we are, folks. We have schools banning FOOTBALLS, and we parents have to stand up for common sense, have to do something for our kids. A waiver protects the schools, and it protects our kids from a fate far worse than a skinned knee: missing out on childhood.

Would you sign a waiver like this?

by on Oct. 8, 2013 at 1:10 PM
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steelcrazy
by Emerald Member on Oct. 8, 2013 at 1:33 PM
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 OH MY GOODNESS!  Banning balls on playgrounds is beyond ridiculous!  What's next, banning paper because snowflake could get a paper cut?  Parents need to quit over protecting their children from normal every day life!  I can only imagine the issues these children are going to have as grown ups, if they don't ever experience the little bumps and bruises of childhood.

You bet your bottom that I'd sign a waiver like that.  I don't bubble wrap my kids.

mjande4
by Platinum Member on Oct. 8, 2013 at 1:38 PM

I second everything here and would NOT take it well if any school my kids attended decided to implement some pansy idea like this.


Quoting steelcrazy:

 OH MY GOODNESS!  Banning balls on playgrounds is beyond ridiculous!  What's next, banning paper because snowflake could get a paper cut?  Parents need to quit over protecting their children from normal every day life!  I can only imagine the issues these children are going to have as grown ups, if they don't ever experience the little bumps and bruises of childhood.

You bet your bottom that I'd sign a waiver like that.  I don't bubble wrap my kids.



steelcrazy
by Emerald Member on Oct. 8, 2013 at 1:42 PM
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 rolling on floorpansy!  Love it!  I was thinking candy@$$, but I love pansy!

Quoting mjande4:

I second everything here and would NOT take it well if any school my kids attended decided to implement some pansy idea like this.

 

Quoting steelcrazy:

 OH MY GOODNESS!  Banning balls on playgrounds is beyond ridiculous!  What's next, banning paper because snowflake could get a paper cut?  Parents need to quit over protecting their children from normal every day life!  I can only imagine the issues these children are going to have as grown ups, if they don't ever experience the little bumps and bruises of childhood.

You bet your bottom that I'd sign a waiver like that.  I don't bubble wrap my kids.

 

 

 

mjande4
by Platinum Member on Oct. 8, 2013 at 1:44 PM
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I have to say that I have never been worried, because our elementary Dad's Club built two dodge ball pits for the playground.  If that's not "anti-candy a$$", then I don't know what is!  LOL


Quoting steelcrazy:

 rolling on floorpansy!  Love it!  I was thinking candy@$$, but I love pansy!

Quoting mjande4:

I second everything here and would NOT take it well if any school my kids attended decided to implement some pansy idea like this.


Quoting steelcrazy:

 OH MY GOODNESS!  Banning balls on playgrounds is beyond ridiculous!  What's next, banning paper because snowflake could get a paper cut?  Parents need to quit over protecting their children from normal every day life!  I can only imagine the issues these children are going to have as grown ups, if they don't ever experience the little bumps and bruises of childhood.

You bet your bottom that I'd sign a waiver like that.  I don't bubble wrap my kids.



 



mem82
by Member on Oct. 8, 2013 at 1:45 PM

That's nuts

kmrtigger
by Kandice on Oct. 8, 2013 at 1:54 PM
I love how you always take the words out of my mouth. I feel the same freaking way. God forbid the kids bump into one another walking in the halls, would hate to see what happens as a result.
Quoting steelcrazy:

 OH MY GOODNESS!  Banning balls on playgrounds is beyond ridiculous!  What's next, banning paper because snowflake could get a paper cut?  Parents need to quit over protecting their children from normal every day life!  I can only imagine the issues these children are going to have as grown ups, if they don't ever experience the little bumps and bruises of childhood.

You bet your bottom that I'd sign a waiver like that.  I don't bubble wrap my kids.

xtwistedxlovex
by Bronze Member on Oct. 8, 2013 at 2:03 PM
I get the feeling this is being very 'sensationslized' and is nowhere near what it's made out to be. From a different article:

The ban includes “hard” balls such as footballs, soccer balls and baseballs. Soft footballs are permitted. Also banned: “hard” forms of tag and other tackling games, as well as cartwheels without an adult present.

School officials cited injury rates as a reason for the policy shift.

So they're discouraging activities that have caused a lot of injuries - maybe because of the way the kids have been playing them? Banning baseballs may sound silly upfront, but we don't know the whole story. Maybe the kids were misusing them, possibly even intentionally causing injuries. Point is, they aren't doing it just because of ”what ifs” but rather because of what HAS BEEN happening.

I had to sign a concussion waiver before DS (1st grade) could participate in gym class. I understood and readily signed it. Had I been asked to sign a waiver for recess, I would be wondering what was going on (and where the adults were!) to make this such a concern.
SahmTam
by Tammy on Oct. 8, 2013 at 2:12 PM

SMH. Yes, I would sign a waiver, but all I can say to the banning of everything in life because it might be dangerous is SMH.

sahmw2010
by Bronze Member on Oct. 8, 2013 at 2:23 PM
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If schools were to ban everything that hurts children, then my dd school better ban walking. Love my daughter, but she has inherited my clumseyness. She has come home multiple times because she fell. Finally told the school to stop calling unless its something that requires an ER visit. Lol. My ds plays flag football, no protective gear, kid on other team picked him up and tackled him.. My ds hit his head on the ground. Yes it took everything in me to not ve one of those parents, so i can u derstanf where they are coming from, but that is just crazy!
AmiJanell
by Member on Oct. 8, 2013 at 2:28 PM

STUPID!!!!!   What is wrong with parents these days!? WTF? And what is wrong with our school systems that they are letting parents run the show with these ridiculous demands!? And suing? Really!? Which brings me to the question, what is wrong with our society and legal system that when instances like this come up... and a school is being sued because their child got injured PLAYING... that they aren't like... "You're an idiot... go home!" 

What's next?  No hot lunches, kids might burn their mouths?  No shoes with laces, kids might trip and fall? No pencils, children might poke their eye? 

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