Kick-to-kick footy and hand ball in the schoolyard are under threat from strict new State Government rules.
Schools have been told to create ball-free zones around buildings to stop balls being stuck on roofs.
And the Education Department is spending thousands of dollars training teachers how to use ladders to retrieve balls.
The revelation comes just days after Acting Premier John Thwaites denied Victoria was a nanny state being run by an interfering government.
Under safety rules, “only trained people with safety equipment such as harnesses are permitted on roofs” if there is a risk of a fall greater than six feet.
Why not let balls stay on the roof? There’s probably a rule against that too.