NY state bureaucrats decree an end to kickball at summer camps

Rick Moran
I'm not exactly sure what they're trying to prove by banning several popular kids games at summer camp except that maybe the bureaucrats were always picked last when teams were selected.

NY Daily News:

State bureaucrats have identified a potentially deadly hazard facing our children this summer - freeze tag.That's right, officials have decided the age-old street game - along with Wiffle Ball, kickball and dodgeball - poses a "significant risk of injury."

And classics like Capture the Flag, Steal the Bacon and Red Rover are also deemed dangerous in new state regulations for day camps.

"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).

"I don't think Wiffle Ball is a dangerous sport."

The Health Department created a list of supposedly risky recreational activities - which also includes more perilous pursuits like archery, scuba and horseback riding - in response to a state law passed in 2009.

The law sought to close a loophole that legislators said allowed too many indoor camp programs to operate without oversight.

Under the new rules, any program that offers two or more organized recreational activities - with at least one of them on the risky list - is deemed a summer camp and subject to state regulation.

Ah...so that's it. It's not revenge for kids being mean to them; it's the oldest reason why government does anything - control. Anyone or anything that tries to escape the watchful eye of bureaucrats must be dealt with harshly. And if kids suffer along the way, well, that's just part of the process.

Expect banning "Blind Man's Bluff" next.






I'm not exactly sure what they're trying to prove by banning several popular kids games at summer camp except that maybe the bureaucrats were always picked last when teams were selected.

NY Daily News:

State bureaucrats have identified a potentially deadly hazard facing our children this summer - freeze tag.

That's right, officials have decided the age-old street game - along with Wiffle Ball, kickball and dodgeball - poses a "significant risk of injury."

And classics like Capture the Flag, Steal the Bacon and Red Rover are also deemed dangerous in new state regulations for day camps.

"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).

"I don't think Wiffle Ball is a dangerous sport."

The Health Department created a list of supposedly risky recreational activities - which also includes more perilous pursuits like archery, scuba and horseback riding - in response to a state law passed in 2009.

The law sought to close a loophole that legislators said allowed too many indoor camp programs to operate without oversight.

Under the new rules, any program that offers two or more organized recreational activities - with at least one of them on the risky list - is deemed a summer camp and subject to state regulation.

Ah...so that's it. It's not revenge for kids being mean to them; it's the oldest reason why government does anything - control. Anyone or anything that tries to escape the watchful eye of bureaucrats must be dealt with harshly. And if kids suffer along the way, well, that's just part of the process.

Expect banning "Blind Man's Bluff" next.