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07/13/2008 08:20 PM ID: 71978 Permalink   

Sack Races and Three-Legged Races Too Dangerous for Children


Health and safety fears have put dampers on an Edwardian-themed children's sports day due to take place on Monday amid fears that three-legged races and sack races are too risky to be participated in.

The event, which will entail the children from John F Kennedy Primary School in Washington, Tyne and Wear, England dressing up in traditional Edwardian clothing, will be limited only to standard events such as hopping and running.

Simon Woolley, the head of education in the village where the event will take place, stated that they want to "minimise the risk to the children" and there "was less chance of them falling over" in more standard hopping and running events.

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  Too Far?  
Anyone else think that they went a little too far with the Health and Safety here?

I remember when I was at school and our sports days came around, some of the most fun we had was during the sack racing events. Sure people fell over, but that's the whole point! Everyone looks stupid, and it's a great laugh. I don't recall anyone ever getting injured though.

Be interested to see some other views.

Take care.
- Tiffany
  by: Dynamite     07/13/2008 08:23 PM     
Yeah. Way too far.
  by: qwerty017   07/13/2008 09:33 PM     
  Hold it!  
Running and hopping are out too. Some one could fall. Let's stick with a walking competition.
  by: H. W. Hutchins   07/13/2008 10:57 PM     
They are taking out all the fun of being a kid...they should remove all physical activities since someone could get hurt,even while walking so the only activity left is a chair sitting competition...
  by: Korzen   07/14/2008 12:17 AM     
  lots of issues  
and several lifetimes worth of subscriptions go into this beauty of a decision. for the current trend of things the head of education did right. if some kid gets it into his/her head to pull some stupid prank it'll be the school's responsibility, not the parents' or kid's. it's a sucky decision and kids are being deprived of some awesome fun when decisions like this are made.
  by: calilac     07/14/2008 01:09 AM     
  @ calilac  
but then the school can say it is because the kid fell during a sack race in the 3rd grade.
  by: madmike13   07/14/2008 02:01 AM     
  Where's the Money? Where's the Waivers?  
This source ( says that this is much more about insurance costs than any PC crap.

"The insurance bill for the fun day has risen from £400 to £600 in a year and would double if traditional events including the sack race, three-legged dash and egg-and-spoon were still included"

"We have tried to find insurance companies who will cover these types of traditional races but it's impossible unless you are prepared to pay more than £1,000,"

Can't have it both ways. We can (1) sign waivers and not sue for medical costs when our kids get hurt having organized fun, or (2) deal with the fact that insurance is expensive and you CAN put a pricetag on kids having fun.
  by: nicohlis     07/14/2008 02:23 AM     
Sorry, my link is NOT regarding the same event. Not even from this year, please disregard. I'm sure similar costs are involved, but I'll just stop now.
  by: nicohlis     07/14/2008 02:29 AM     
  Holy crap  
Well, that does it. If the three legged races and sack races are done away with, we better get ready for the onslaught of attacks on the other great games.

Egg Toss? Someone may get a crushed skull, or maybe some yolk in their hair.

Tug-o-war? Where should I begin?!?! We should abolish it completely because it requires strength in numbers. That may exclude people without arms, or who can't walk or are afraid of rope. And holy crap. There is the chance they might fall over, or get pulled into the mud. May get a rope burn or something.

Why stop at sports days?

Lets ban "Pin the tail on the donkey". Sharp pins and blindfolds? Shoot, you could kill yourself if you accidently put that pin in a power outlet.

What about pinata's? Don't even go there!

Hell, lets just wrap everyone up in easy breathing, UV protecting, carbon neutral, biodegradeable, non racially biased, fair wage paid during fabricating, non ozone depleting bubble wrap. After we do that, we will enforce a law that says looks don't matter.

Where is this idiocy going to end. I seem to remember a quote from somewhere that said (I'm paraphrasing): The most dangeous thing I do each day is to go out my front door.

People, kids are *going* to get hurt. Adults are going to fall down and break things. You may get stabbed in a robbery. You may be walking along one day and step in some dog doo-doo. You may see a pair of birds making little birds and be traumatized by it.

You may even die one day!!! NOOOO!

The reality is, life is a pretty dangerous thing. Even in this super sanitized world we live in there is still the chance that you are going to get off'd tommorow. Maybe you are going to have a horrific accident and lose a limb.

As I'm writing this, someone in North America is going to die on the roads. Someone is going to catch HIV. Someone is going to get raped.

Should we run and hide? NO! Life is risky business. As soon as you get to accept that, then you can get to living!!

*pant* *pant* *pant* *pant* Ok.... I'm done... I had to get that out. That article just irked me to the point of ranting.
  by: gbestwick   07/14/2008 09:23 AM     
yeah, too far. why dont they just wrap this kids in bubble wrap and have padded class rooms. these kids are going to have a rough time adjusting to the real world when they get older. "holy crap i got a scrap!! what do i do??" or more like, who do i sue? Thats another huge issue, people (parents) are so sue happy today, schools don't want to take the risk anymore. Sucks for the schools and kids, people need to realize, its okay if you get hurt, not going to kill them (in most cases :-p)
  by: svnrn7   07/14/2008 09:24 AM     
  @ gbestwick  
there was a school or some district somewhere that banned tug-a-war cause some dumb kid wrapped the rope around his arm (instead of just holding it) and his team let go (probably to see the other team fall on their butts) and the rope pulled on him with such force that it cause alot of his skin to rip because the KID was stupid, it was banned (or in the progress of getting banned) for everyone. I believe it was on shortnews somewhere...but yeah, totally stupid.
  by: svnrn7   07/14/2008 09:27 AM     
I thought this kind of lunacy was restricted to the USA.
  by: theironboard     07/14/2008 09:33 AM     
I thought the three-legged race and sack race were standard events in primary school sports days! We always did them, along with the wheelbarrow race, where kids would pair up, one would walk on their hands while their partner held their feet as though they were pushing a wheelbarrow! We had the obstacle race too, where you had to run along a wooden bench, run with a beanbag on your head, do a bit of sack racing and all kinds of other things before you got to the finish line. That was in the early-mid 90s, not so long ago really, I bet my old school still does the same events now!
  by: TabbyCool     07/14/2008 12:20 PM     
and i thought falling out of a tree, crashing my bicycle serveral times, and walking into things as a child was bad. ha!
  by: photo_dude44   07/14/2008 03:11 PM     
  Nothing to do with health and safety  
Banning sack races has nothing to do with health and safety.

Stopping children from having fun like this is way over the top. As president of IOSH, Europe’s largest health and safety professional body, I’m totally opposed to bans that wrap children in cotton wool and don't improve youngsters’ lives. It’s obvious that children need to experience minor risks when they’re young to help them be risk aware and not risk averse.

Ray Hurst
Institution of Occupational Safety and Health
  by: Ray Hurst   07/14/2008 05:27 PM     
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