Wiffle Ball, tag, kickball and dodgeball are dangerous games with a “significant risk of injury,” according to New York day camp regulations. So are Capture the Flag, Steal the Bacon and Red Rover, reports the New York Daily News. But Frisbee, tug of war and sack races are considered safe.
“It looks like Albany bureaucrats are looking for kids to just sit in a corner in a house all day and not be outside,” said state Sen. Patty Ritchie (R-St. Lawrence County).
Under the new rules, any program that offers two or more recreational activities — with at least one on the risky list — is subject to state regulation as a day camp. That means paying a $200 registration fee and providing medical staff, Ritchie said.
Deborah Graham, 51, a mother of two from Harlem, said moving around was less harmful than playing video games all summer.
“You could develop Carpal Tunnel Syndrome,” she said. “And when (kids) eat, eat, and eat, they get diabetes. That’s dangerous.”
Regulators said not every program will need to hire medical staff. Some will get by with a plan to deal with medical emergencies.
Perhaps dodgeball risks “significant injury,” but Wiffle Ball? Tag?