School Bans Ball-Playing Banned Before & After School

School Bans Ball-Playing Banned Before & After School

Lenore Skenazy writing at Free Range Kids:

A school in Australia is banning balls for the 15 minutes before and after school because, according to The Age newspaper, a toddler was hit by a ball.

Of course I feel bad for the toddler. But I feel far worse for the 600 kids at this school, Black Rock Primary, in Melbourne.

It might seem like, “Well, we’re only talking about controlling the chaos during the busiest time, when all the kids are gathered and it’s so crowded.” But that is the CRUCIAL time for playing. Fifteen minutes after school, if a game hasn’t started, the kids are gone. It’s a lot harder to start a game when no one’s there. And I know that, for one of my sons at least, the day starts out a lot better if it begins with a little running around…

AUSTRALIA!! Do not become like my country, stymied by the twin fears of something going wrong and someone filing suit. It’s the path to stagnation! Turn back whilst ye may! Take a ball and knock yourself on the head if you must — you’ll see it’s annoying but not that big a deal!

Let’s hope we wake up to ourselves and heed Lenore’s call!

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2 thoughts on “School Bans Ball-Playing Banned Before & After School

  1. david lawrence

    I was born in 1962 in Bexley North, Sydney and as kids we played handball, mini cricket, soccer, british bulldog and many other outdoor physical games. In summer I climbed trees catching cicadas and roamed the bush in search of bluetongue lizards or snakes. I never hurt any of these animals, in fact, I loved them and wanted them to be part of my life. I turned old concrete washing tubs into aquaria for frogs and gamburians. I found tortoises on the road and brought them home and provided food and a place for them to survive.
    After school most local kids would meet at the park where we would play soccer or cricket depending on the season. I don’t recall any situation where a kid was injured to the point of requiring an ambulance or serious medical attention.
    Those days were normal then and should still be normal. No need for government intervention or litigation if something were to go wrong. Nothing went wrong then because there was no mentality of litigation or insurance companies circling like sharks in the water.
    personal responsibility, toughen up kids and stop bloody whinging you lazy bastards.


    David Lawrence

  2. Di

    David, agree 100%

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