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    Freeze Tag Deemed Unsafe in New Camp Regs

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    Dodgeball, Red Rover, Wiffle Ball – those time-honored kids’ games, along with activities like Steal the Bacon and Capture the Flag – have been deemed dangerous by the state as part of an effort to tighten regulations for summer camps in the area.

    Any indoor or outdoor recreational program that offers two or more organized activities, including one that falls on the “risky list” determined by state officials, will be considered a summer camp under the new rules and subject to the associated regulations.

    The rules aim to curtail a loophole in previously passed regulations by the state Health Department that count activities like horseback riding and archery among the “risky list,” but do not include many activities like Freeze Tag and kickball featured in indoor programs.

    At least one state legislator, Sen. Patty Richie (R-St. Lawrence County), fears the new rules will impair smaller programs’ ability to operate by requiring them to pay a $200 fee to register as summer camps.

    However, Health Department spokeswoman Diane Mathis tells the Daily News the adapted “risky list” is merely a set of guidelines for recreational programs, and not all outfits that offer one of the activities on the list will be required to hire medical staff.

    “There will be flexibility in how the law is implemented,” Mathis told the paper, adding that some programs may merely have to develop a plan to cope with medical emergencies to comply with the new regulations.

    Still, Ritchie says including games like Freeze Tag on the “risky list” is a bit much.

    “It looks like Albany bureaucrats are looking for kids to just sit in a corner in a house all day and not be outside,” she told the News. “I don’t think Wiffle Ball is a dangerous sport."

    Parents appear divided on the issue, but at least one believes it’s wise to take precautions.

    “Kids these days are kinda brutal so I can see those games being dangerous,” Bronx mom Kim Wainwright told the News.


    Our government at work.

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    Just wrap them in bubble wrap. It is amazing that with our economy and the global political climate that we are wasting time legislating kids games!

    <EDIT> Don't these people remember being kids? When I was a kid nothing was supervised. We just went out and played.

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    What we really need is tort reform, so a parent can't sue the camp for $200 million when her son takes a wiffle ball to the face.

    Meanwhile, childhood obesity is an epidemic because kids would rather stay inside and play virtual wiffle ball.

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    [QUOTE=pauliec;4004115]What we really need is tort reform, so a parent can't sue the camp for $200 million when her son takes a wiffle ball to the face.

    Meanwhile, childhood obesity is an epidemic because kids would rather stay inside and play virtual wiffle ball.[/QUOTE]

    :clapper:

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    [QUOTE=pauliec;4004115][B]What we really need is tort reform, so a parent can't sue the camp for $200 million when her son takes a wiffle ball to the face. [/B]

    Meanwhile, childhood obesity is an epidemic because kids would rather stay inside and play virtual wiffle ball.[/QUOTE]

    Agreed. Don't get pissed at the government. Get pissed at your neighbors. They are the ones who file frivolous lawsuits when their kid gets scrapped while doing a physical activity. We have way too many overprotective parents.

    These people want their kids to be pussies, and the government is merely obliging.

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    Summer camp - I never went to one of those. Nor did any of my friends. We got together every day and played choose up ball - usually baseball, but sometimes football or basketball depending on the numbers. No supervision. Questionable calls were handled with a fistfight. We'd climb onto the roof of a school or do other dumb and dangerous things. Nobody ever got seriously hurt. Kids should be kids. Have fun.
    When I started playing football in HS in the summer it was a horror show. Bleeeding all over the place, no water permitted during practice and certainly no doctor or medical person. Good for character.
    I was not alowed in the house during the day. No TV or games. Now that's all it is for kids.

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    [QUOTE=pauliec;4004115]What we really need is tort reform, so a parent can't sue the camp for $200 million when her son takes a wiffle ball to the face.

    Meanwhile, childhood obesity is an epidemic because kids would rather stay inside and play virtual wiffle ball.[/QUOTE]

    Has that actually happened?

    I Googled "Parents sue summer camp" and got a few stories of molestation and drowning.

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    [QUOTE=palmetto defender;4004179]Summer camp - I never went to one of those. Nor did any of my friends. We got together every day and played choose up ball - usually baseball, but sometimes football or basketball depending on the numbers. No supervision. Questionable calls were handled with a fistfight. We'd climb onto the roof of a school or do other dumb and dangerous things. Nobody ever got seriously hurt. Kids should be kids. Have fun.
    When I started playing football in HS in the summer it was a horror show. Bleeeding all over the place, no water permitted during practice and certainly no doctor or medical person. Good for character.
    I was not alowed in the house during the day. No TV or games. Now that's all it is for kids.[/QUOTE]

    Same here. We spent our summers in the pool, playing sports, or building forts in the woods. We were never indoors.

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    [QUOTE=palmetto defender;4004179]Summer camp - I never went to one of those. Nor did any of my friends. We got together every day and played choose up ball - usually baseball, but sometimes football or basketball depending on the numbers. No supervision. Questionable calls were handled with a fistfight. We'd climb onto the roof of a school or do other dumb and dangerous things. Nobody ever got seriously hurt. Kids should be kids. Have fun.
    When I started playing football in HS in the summer it was a horror show. Bleeeding all over the place, no water permitted during practice and certainly no doctor or medical person. Good for character.
    I was not alowed in the house during the day. No TV or games. Now that's all it is for kids.[/QUOTE]
    this!

    You left the house in the morning on your with your mitt on your handlebars and didn't come home until dark.

    Football practice too, lol

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    Do they realize that there is no actual freezing in Freeze Tag? Normally, I wouldn't ask, but with politicians... :rolleyes:

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