The purists will hate this:
A rash of playground injuries has prompted one Long Island, N.Y. school to ban balls and require teacher supervision for games like tag.
"Some of these injuries can unintentionally become very serious so we want to make sure our children have fun, but are also protected," Dr. Kathleen Maloney, superintendent of Port Washington Schools, told CBS New York.
The ban at Weber Middle School in Port Washington, N.Y. will apply to footballs, baseballs, soccer balls, lacrosse balls or any other equipment that might harm a child or school friends. Students will be allowed to play with softer Nerf balls.
Rough games of tag or cartwheels will require supervision from a coach, according to the report.No one ever cared if we got hurt playing sports during recess when I was an incompetent child athlete. We had bats, balls, footballs, basketballs, and all that good stuff to choose from. I do remember that we were not allowed to play full tackle football, which is more of a nod to laundry and keeping clothes from being ruined than it was about being concerned for our well-being.
This is about liability and insurance rates, plain and simple. You can find fault with the school district all you want, but good luck applying that same rustic common sense when someone breaks a bone and ends up sitting there in front of the judge when the lawsuit is heard in a claims court.