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'Not it!' More schools ban games at recess
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'Not it!' More schools ban games at recess

Some traditional childhood games are disappearing from school playgrounds because educators say they're dangerous.

Elementary schools in Cheyenne, Wyo., and Spokane, Wash., banned tag at recess this year. Others, including a suburban Charleston, S.C., school, dumped contact sports such as soccer and touch football.

In other cities, including Wichita; San Jose, Calif.; Beaverton, Ore.; and Rancho Santa Fe., Calif., schools took similar actions earlier.

The bans were passed in the name of safety, but some children's health advocates say limiting exercise and free play can inhibit a child's development.

Groups such as the National School Boards Association don't keep statistics on school games.

But several experts, including Donna Thompson of the National Program for Playground Safety, verify the trend. Dodge ball has been out at some schools for years, but banning games such as tag and soccer is a newer development.
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  -'Not it!' More schools ban games at recess The Straight Story  Jun-27-06 02:38 PM   #0 
  - If they're so damn dangerous, how come we survived them??  Connie_Corleone   Jun-27-06 02:41 PM   #1 
  - funny how many of us are alive  allalone   Jun-27-06 02:42 PM   #2 
  - BUBBLE-WRAP THE CHILDREN!!!!!!!  obreaslan   Jun-27-06 02:44 PM   #3 
  - Every sport or exercise comes risk of injury  jerry611   Jun-27-06 02:45 PM   #4 
  - But we gotta be safe!  NCevilDUer   Jun-27-06 02:48 PM   #6 
  - Well that's it then...abortions for everybody!!  MindPilot   Jun-27-06 02:47 PM   #5 
  - Here's one good schoolyard activity that doesn't involve running around...  Vash the Stampede   Jun-27-06 02:49 PM   #7 
  - Councilors to vote on public playground smoking ban  The Straight Story   Jun-27-06 02:56 PM   #9 
  - Oh, wtf!? Now SMOKING is harzardous too?  Vash the Stampede   Jun-27-06 02:58 PM   #12 
     - Just possessing a toy gun is dangerous, see this:  The Straight Story   Jun-27-06 02:59 PM   #14 
        - Why don't we just bubble wrap every kid and place them in solitary?  Vash the Stampede   Jun-27-06 03:01 PM   #15 
  - How did that picture from Rush Limbaugh's vacation  Ikonoklast   Jun-27-06 05:11 PM   #32 
  - when we played soccer  hfojvt   Jun-27-06 02:54 PM   #8 
  - The nuns used to supervise  pscot   Jun-27-06 02:57 PM   #10 
  - Since when do we encourage violent video games?  Vash the Stampede   Jun-27-06 03:02 PM   #17 
  - I remember a cartoon recently  FSogol   Jun-27-06 02:57 PM   #11 
  - They will ban falling : ) (nt)  The Straight Story   Jun-27-06 02:58 PM   #13 
  - The further pussification of America.  MrSlayer   Jun-27-06 03:02 PM   #16 
  - I LOVED suicide!  Vash the Stampede   Jun-27-06 03:04 PM   #19 
     - I'm a red rover fan myself  blogslut   Jun-27-06 03:43 PM   #24 
     - what was suicide? never heard of that game n/t  BlueStorm   Jun-27-06 04:18 PM   #27 
     - Great game  NoMoreMyths   Jun-27-06 05:23 PM   #34 
     - Oh, we called that one Fly.  Bassic   Jun-28-06 10:00 AM   #42 
     - A street game in the city.  MrSlayer   Jun-27-06 05:46 PM   #37 
        - Racquetballs are bouncier against the brick walls too.  Vash the Stampede   Jun-28-06 08:23 AM   #38 
     - Yes "Kill the man" was quite popular here too.  MrSlayer   Jun-27-06 05:15 PM   #33 
  - And people wonder why we're having an epidemic of obese kids  MadHound   Jun-27-06 03:03 PM   #18 
  - So should I sue my old playground supervisor for damages?  Gentle Giant   Jun-27-06 03:06 PM   #20 
  - And to think, I got suspended for pretending to punch a kid in the face.  otherlander   Jun-27-06 05:36 PM   #35 
  - I don't think I spent many days WITHOUT skinned knees  allalone   Jun-27-06 03:08 PM   #21 
  - So stupid! Kids have to play, it's their main form of learning!!  Bretttido   Jun-27-06 03:09 PM   #22 
  - last alternatives to hazing each other in the halls are gone.  dusmcj   Jun-27-06 03:39 PM   #23 
  - Less about safety than fear of lawsuits, I bet.  SmokingJacket   Jun-27-06 03:49 PM   #25 
  - My elementary school had an ice skating rink  alarimer   Jun-27-06 04:11 PM   #26 
  - It's why Japanese kids excel  Patiod   Jun-27-06 04:29 PM   #28 
  - My guess:  Bornaginhooligan   Jun-27-06 04:36 PM   #29 
  - I agree with dodge ball... but SOCCER? Tag? Flag Football???  LostinVA   Jun-27-06 05:02 PM   #30 
  - Our school is going the opposite direction  missb   Jun-27-06 05:06 PM   #31 
  - We played touch football with a little blue handball  alcibiades_mystery   Jun-27-06 05:39 PM   #36 
  - Playtime is being rapidly eliminated to make time for standardized  JCMach1   Jun-28-06 08:35 AM   #39 
  - I'M RUNNING WITH SCISSORS!!!!  Javaman   Jun-28-06 08:59 AM   #40 
  - That's what happens when the  igil   Jun-28-06 09:20 AM   #41 

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