Tell NY State Bureaucrats: Let Kids Play Kickball!
  • Petitioned Claudia Hutton

This petition was delivered to:

New York Health Department Public Affairs Director
Claudia Hutton
New York State Camp Directors Association
New York State Senate
New York-048
State Sen. Patricia Ritchie

Tell NY State Bureaucrats: Let Kids Play Kickball!

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In New York, the State Department of Health recently went public with a list of classic games that pose a “significant risk of injury,” including wiffleball, red rover, dodgeball, kickball, freeze tag, capture the flag, and tetherball.

Under the new regulations, a summer program that allows children to play these "risky" games would be forced to pay $200 to register as a camp and pay for additional medical staff.

Luckily, New York State Senator Patty Ritchie has stepped in to advocate for common sense. Worried that the new list of “risky” activities would cripple local summer youth programs, she told TIME, “having kids sitting in the corner instead of outside playing isn’t the point of a quality summer camp anyway.” She has asked the Health Department to rethink the guidelines—and they are doing just that.

Public comment on the issue is still open until May. Sign our online petition to tell New York Health Department Public Affairs Director Claudia Hutton to allow summer youth programs to share the joy of red rover without the red tape. 

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    • Lynn LeFeber CATTARAUGUS, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      You cannot legislate injuries out of existence. Have some common sense and get the kids outside playing instead of sitting in front of some electronic devise. Doesn't the obesity epidemic concern you -active play is good cure for it!

    • amy smith SYLVA, NC
      • over 3 years ago

      This type of legislation is ridiculous!! The children of today NEED to get outside and have more physical recreation WITHOUT the restraints of red tape. They need to win and lose and to take responsibility for team play. Accidents will happen. Do you legislate our getting out of bed in the morning? One might trip and fall!!!

    • joshua jackson PENDLETON, IN
      • over 3 years ago

      you got to be kidding no wonder our society is getting fatter. wow big brother is really watching us

    • Linda Hebert JACKSONVILLE, FL
      • over 3 years ago

      Children need interactive exercise, fresh air and a little bit of competitive involvement. This move is not in the right direction to eliminate the issue of childhood obesity. Please reconsider. Kids bump into each other whether they are playing contact sports or not. They are supposed to.

    • Alexander Dupuy NEW YORK, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      Sen. Ritchie is right to insist on a more balanced and common sense approach. Remember that risk evaluations must include not only injury, but the risks that come from lack of exercise.


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