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Tag, Touch Football banned

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by EStreetJoe, Oct 19, 2006.

  1. EStreetJoe

    EStreetJoe Well-Known Member

    With the board being down for a while yesterday I haven't seen this posted here yet... (apologies if this turns out being a double-post)


    School bans tag, other chase games

    POSTED: 10:52 a.m. EDT, October 18, 2006

    ATTLEBORO, Massachusetts (AP) -- Tag, you're out!

    Officials at an elementary school south of Boston have banned kids from playing tag, touch football and any other unsupervised chase game during recess for fear they'll get hurt and hold the school liable.

    Recess is "a time when accidents can happen," said Willett Elementary School Principal Gaylene Heppe, who approved the ban.

    While there is no districtwide ban on contact sports during recess, local rules have been cropping up. Several school administrators around Attleboro, a city of about 45,000 residents, took aim at dodgeball a few years ago, saying it was exclusionary and dangerous.

    Elementary schools in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Spokane, Washington, also recently banned tag during recess. A suburban Charleston, South Carolina, school outlawed all unsupervised contact sports.

    "I think that it's unfortunate that kids' lives are micromanaged and there are social skills they'll never devlop on their own," said Debbie Laferriere, who has two children at Willett, about 40 miles south of Boston. "Playing tag is just part of being a kid."

    Another Willett parent, Celeste D'Elia, said her son feels safer because of the rule. "I've witnessed enough near collisions," she said.
  2. kingcreole

    kingcreole Active Member

    Good gawd. I remember playing Kill The Man With The Ball at recess. And now they're banning touch football?
  3. Cosmo

    Cosmo Well-Known Member

    Good lord. And we wonder why half of America's children are obese.
  4. Mystery_Meat

    Mystery_Meat Guest

    That's how I happe ... never mind.
  5. EStreetJoe

    EStreetJoe Well-Known Member

    I'm wondering what's next - banning kickball? Or maybe just modifying the kickball rules so you can only tag or force a runner out instead of being able to throw the ball at the runner to get him/her out.

    Or are they going to ban duck,duck, goose next because someone might get tapped (or hit) too hard by the person going around? Maybe they'll ban basketball because someone might get bumped into too hard going for a rebound. Or maybe ban baseball/softball because someone could get hit by a pitch/batted ball/misthrown-misfielded ball.

    Why do parents who had so much fun as kids playing games like dodgeball, tag, touch football, etc. scare schools and/or school districts into banning those games? It's beyond belief.
  6. goalmouth

    goalmouth Active Member

    They should ban some of the teachers, that's where the real damage occurs.
  7. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Sorry, but it's our fault.
    Because we live in a society where people sue at the drop of a hat, this happens. Our parents raised a bunch of pussies. And what's worse is that we (society in general) are going to teach this to our children indirectly and instead of learning to fend for themselves, the cycle will get worse.

    Ryan Sonner, excepted...
  8. Idaho

    Idaho Active Member

    I hope they ban kissing tag. Somebody's going to get mono or herpes and it'll be Principal Skinner's fault.
  9. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    "Tag" means "day" in German.

    So I guess that means day is done.
  10. farmerjerome

    farmerjerome Active Member

  11. Gold

    Gold Active Member

    My gosh, the terrorists have won.
  12. JR

    JR Active Member

    I'm glad they did this.

    What if YOUR son or daughter were constantly "it"?

    Think of their self-esteem. They may end up in years of therapy.


    Rope skipping is next. Then hopscotch.

    The only thing the kids will have left to do at recess is deal drugs.
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