School Bans Balls Because They're Too 'Dangerous'


soccer balls We all want our children to be safe, but there's a point at which we need to just step back, relax, and brace ourselves for a black eye or two. Trying to protect them from every little bump and scrape is a ridiculous waste of time and energy and is likely to do more damage to them and their well being than good. Case in point: A school in the UK has banned leather balls from the playground. Balls.

That's right, Harewood Junior School in Gloucester thinks leather balls are just too dangerous after a "number of accidents" last year. They now want them to use only "sponge balls" at recess. Can you say ridiculous? I'd rather my kid come home with a bloody nose than be limited to playing with sponge balls.

At least during physical education classes and football club, they'll get the real deal, but when it comes to recess, it's all about the sponge. I'm guessing David Beckham never had to bend it like that when he was in school. Seriously, kids have been playing with leather balls for decades, but now they're suddenly not strong enough to do so? They're certainly not going to be if we keep limiting their abilities to explore, grow, and yes, get hurt once in awhile.

The ball ban is ridiculous and part of a growing trend for schools and parents to overreact to each and every little incident in which a child gets hurt. From banning pencils because kids might use them as weapons to banning boys from using their fingers as guns because it might lead to violence, we're trying to pad their world. The intentions are good, but the results are outrageous.

Things happens; kids get hurt. But it's important in life for them to learn how to fall down, then get back up, nurse their wounds, and move on. We can't put them in bubbles, and we need to quit trying to put bubble wrap down everywhere they go.

Do you think it's ridiculous for a school to ban leather balls? What's the craziest thing your child's school has banned?

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Ember... Emberbaby

It's a sad day for balls everywhere....

Melis... Melissa042807

You know what the real danger is? It's not the balls. It's the psychotic parents! Seriously. When I worked at a school, we had a little girl take a hit to the mouth in PE class with a ball. No big deal, her lip bled a little bit, but she was fine. We called her dad to let him know so he wouldn't be surprised at the end of the day, and he FREAKED. He comes rushing over to the school, demands to see his daughter, and spends like ten freaking minutes examining his mouth and yelling at us over how we handled it and accused us of "violating his rights". It was a nightmare. And the little girl was FINE. 

So I'd bet it's not the balls they're worried about. It's the psychotic parents making life for the school staff a living hell because OH MY GAWD HOW DARE YOU LET MY PRECIOUS ANGEL GET TOUCHED BY AN OBJECT HARDER THAN A PILLOW. :-P 

mlg871 mlg871

I agree w/ her ^^^^^   

I'd be more scared of a pencil in the eye than a ball to the face... are we going to ban those too?  Freakin' ridiculous. 

Alexandrea Goff Dahlstrom

You know how many times I got nailed right in the head or face during dodge ball or battle ball? The whole purpose of the game was to hit people. In the 5th grade the boys are quite a bit stronger than girls and you walk in front of a ball whizzing by and that's it. Part of play! We did this in gym class. I didn't leave the game or cry once. You just suck it up and keep playing. I'm guessing they don't even play those games in school anymore.

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

We didn't have leather footballs on the playground when I was in school and that was a really long time ago. You can do a lot of damage with one of those. If you're going to put a large group of unsupervised kids together in a restricted space then it's common sense not to give them toys that can very easily cause serious injury. The sponge balls can still cause injury but maybe a bloody nose at most rather than a broken nose or a concussion. I'm no helicopter parent but I'm OK with my kids' school not supplying weapons that could very easily send kids off in an ambulance during recess.

Mom2j... Mom2jngnc

I agree 100% with the psychotic parents!

Kids need to fall, they need to learn to duck and dive... these psychotic parents would be appaled to see my 3 and 4 yr olds play GOALIE against my 8 and 12 yr olds.

jagam... jagamama0710

I have a serious problem with this and the general direction schools are heading. Reducing or cutting out recess altogether in some places too. When my kids start school they will not be going to one if it doesn't include a reasonable amount of recess time. Parents this day are WAY too overprotective and it drives me up a freakin' wall. 


butte... butterflyfreak

Thank you helicopter parents! Because of you, my daughter will end up in a school that doesn't allow children to do anything but sit and stare because EVERY activity and EVERY object has the potential to cause harm. I guess I will just have to make sure to let her explore her world outside of school since the school's hands are tied when it comes to playtime.

Stephanie Wiltcher

ugh... seriously? why are parents getting so overprotective of their precious snowflakes? i have a two year old and that boy falls, gets bruises. and gets hurt all the time from playing. but i dont coddle him every time it happens. why? because that is how children learn and grow. 

this ban is ridiculous. 

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