School Bans Balls at Recess & Parents Are to Blame

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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?


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D.j. Lord

more cradle to grave bullcrap

Movie... Moviebuff

Parents are getting so stupid.

Amanda Bogert Ebert

What nonsense.  Why ban footballs?  If kids are playing too rough than maybe certain kids shouldn't be allowed to play.  It's called discipline.   I do think that a waiver is a good idea too because it seems like this school needs some kind of protection against sue happy parents.

nonmember avatar SchoolNurse

I am a school nurse for 6th,7th and 8th graders at a public school. I am also a parent. My son is 2 1/2 and falls, scrapes himself, bumps his head, even tripped and fell and cut his lip and scraped his nose on the pavement before and NBD, I rarely put a bandage on him unless he really needs one. HOWEVER, I have seen 4 broken bones (fingers and wrists) and concussions this school year so far from kids playing with basketballs and footballs. A student even needed surgery on his finger. I can see where the school is coming from. And honestly, even before this post, I wish my school would ban balls and physical contact sports played at recess. There is not enough staff on lunch duty to watch all the students especially when they play contact sports or throw footballs to each other. A girl got a black eye and swollen face when someone threw a football, didn't catch it and slammed her randomly. Wait until your kid comes home with a concussion, broken nose, finger or wrist, you'll be crying a different story then.

mrspease mrspease

I would happily sign that waiver!

Amber Ortega

I would sign these days are wimps!  My kids aren't scared to drink from the hose, fall off their bikes or anything else....I am so sad they don't understand the fun in playing Red Rover Red Rover in PE and running over your fingers on the little wiggle ride things in PE...we all did hurt, we may have even cried....but we got over it and looked forward to the next day we got play on them.  

Brain... BrainyMommy

Parents will sign the waiver and then sue the school to have the waiver tossed so the school will still spend much needed money defending itself. Parental attitudes must change. Waviers won't really solve anything. 

Kelley Christie

I honestly believe that is crap. Kids are going to get hurt! They are KIDS! They didn't ban footballs or any kind of sports when I was in school.

Elizabeth Pursel

On the second day of kindergarten this year, the school nurse called to tell me that my son got kicked in the head when he walked under the monkey bars. I rallied all of my friends and forced the school to remove the monkey bars so nobody else would get hurt. I didn't. I picked my kid up after school saying, "I heard you got kicked in the head. What did you learn?" He doesn't walk under monkey bars anymore. Imagine that.

Robin Halbach

Wow, Makes you wonder how so many of us lived to be
parents and grandparents, doesn't it?

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