“Hard” balls, tag and cartwheels are banned during recess at a Long Island middle school.
Kids were getting hurt on the playground, Port Washington Supt. Kathleen Maloney told CBS.
Structured sports are safe, a press release stated. In a smaller recess space due to construction, unstructured play with “hard balls” is not.
Students have been given Nerf balls to replace footballs, baseballs and lacrosse balls. They’re not allowed to play “rough” games of tag or turn cartwheels without a coach’s supervision.
“Cartwheels and tag — I think it’s ridiculous they are banning that,” a student told CBS.
Others agreed they want more than a Nerf recess. “You go for recess — that’s your free time to go let loose and recharge,” a boy said.
Parents charged that fear of liability and lawsuits — not injuries — prompted the ban.