Nerf Footballs Only For Weber Students at Recess

School officials attempt to lessen chance of schoolyard injuries.

Weber Middle School. (Credit: Patch)
Weber Middle School. (Credit: Patch)
An increase in the amount of recess injuries caused by flying footballs at Weber Middle School has prompted school officials to slightly modify schoolyard rules in the name of safety.

The use of regular footballs or lacrosse balls at recess has been disallowed, according to a school official. However, the school has OK'd the use of Nerf footballs and tennis balls.

The decision was made earlier this week by Weber administrators after errant pigskin passes caused a rash of injuries.

"What we've noticed is that we've had a lot of kids in the nurse's office because of being inadvertently hit," said Weber Assistant Principal Matthew Swinson to Patch on Oct. 4.

Nerf balls put students in the best situation to lessen or mitigate the chance of getting injured, according to Swinson. 

"We know kids are going to get injured ... but we have a responsibility to lessen injuries," said Swinson.

A recess rule change announcement was made to Weber students over the public address system at the end of the school day Wednesday, according to a Weber student. 

Most common playground games and sports equipment such as soccer balls or kickballs are still permitted — but some activities are frowned upon.

Swinson said Weber staff discourages students from attempting cartwheels in the schoolyard without the supervision of a physical education teacher, and from playing tag at recess.

"Sometimes when they participate in tag they use the opportunity to give an extra push," said Swinson.
tabhauser October 04, 2013 at 12:38 PM
So let me understand this, more kids are injured now then when I was in school 40 years ago and my kids went to weber 10 years ago? I can see someone reading this in a different part of the country and laughing at us. What is next, soft rubber balls during basketball so we don't have to worry about jamming a finger? Maybe cold pizza so the kids don't burn their tongue?
Gary A Nilsen October 04, 2013 at 01:09 PM
This sounds reactionary and overprotective.
Arguendo October 04, 2013 at 03:13 PM
Ever get clocked by an errant Hail Mary pass?
Tony Patrick October 04, 2013 at 03:15 PM
there is a reason that their iphones have rounded corners. next thing pencils will be banned for felt tipped markers due to stabbing risk
Deborah B. October 04, 2013 at 03:56 PM
padded classrooms.....
Bob the plumber October 04, 2013 at 08:51 PM
If there indeed has been a rash of injuries that they can attribute to footballs and lacrosse balls, the administration would be foolish not to attempt to do something about it. I try not to be an old crank and tell everyone how tough we used to be and how fragile the kids seem today. 'Cause I remember there were a lot of old cranks around when I was a kid...
ANDREA October 08, 2013 at 03:31 PM
I agree. Let them play Grand Theft Auto and eat. Too much exercise and fresh air will only help there minds, bodies and spirits.
mel October 08, 2013 at 04:46 PM
They banned the use of balls during recess in the catholic school system when I was a kid (1980ish) ... it was ridiculous... we would have to smuggle a little nerf football because it could be easily concealed. how insane is that? I guess the people running that school system really have a clear understanding of children eh?
Uri Bloch October 08, 2013 at 05:45 PM
The town should be furious about and disgusted that 50% of our children third through eighth failed the English state test while 40% failed the Math state test. This is a big secret that had been published in Newsday over a month ago.... Time for us to look into a new direction for our schools... Starting with a new leader on top!!!!!
Sandy Surf October 09, 2013 at 01:22 PM
When are you helicopter parents going to let your kids take some risks. Life is not always going to be a soft nerf ball. I guess it's ok for them to get hurt as long as you can wipe the tears off their 27 year old face.
ken October 09, 2013 at 06:08 PM
LOL @tab.. too late - its all over CNN and the comments enough for comic relief (for out of towners) http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/09/living/parents-middle-school-bans-balls-recess/index.html
PortSportParent October 10, 2013 at 03:56 PM
No balls??? Well I guess it is exactly what it sounds like. Come on ... you have got to be kidding me. Perhaps the rash of 'flying footballs' is a direct result of the recent success of the Viking football program? What's next cancelling sport programs because the Administration is afraid they may result in fit children who are too active at recess and the kids might get hurt running or jumping. This is incredibly stupid and a testament to the invasive nanny state mentality taking over our school system.
Sandy Surf October 11, 2013 at 07:30 AM
President Sloan should step down. She shouldn't have to cover for anyone. Shame on her!
PortSportParent October 11, 2013 at 02:05 PM
I don't think so. Obama, Pelosi and Reid must have said the equipment and barriers couldn't be moved until the government shutdown ends. All essential personnel are busy securing barricades so our veterans cannot visit any open air war memorials or national parks.
PortSportParent October 11, 2013 at 05:27 PM
I think I heard it just before Andrea Mitchell choked on her own bile on MSNBC while being forced to report on Obama ordering his administration to take no action in paying the death gratuity to our military killed in action even though his administration knew about it since September 27.
PortSportParent October 11, 2013 at 08:04 PM
Actually just in the way of some education on current events for those less informed Taxpayers watching the liberal driveby media, on September 24, 2013 before the slimdown both the house and senate passed S. 1541: the Military Pay Protection Act of 2013 which specifically funded the death gratuity. The only way this did not get paid is because the administration directed that it not be paid to punish Americans for the shutdown (consistent with the actions of a spiteful childish thug style Chicago politician more concerned with playing politics than leading a country). However assuming arguendo that someone actually believed that this was not appropriated in contravention to the law passed, an executive order could have easily remedied the situation doubly. I think most American's believe it is incumbent upon the President as "commander in chief" to exhibit leadership, support our troops and take care of those fallen in battle. None was. This is a national disgrace even for a president who has Putin and Assad's bootmarks on his face, who lied to the American people to claim Bengazi was not a terrorist attack and sent out minions to blame it on an obscure video and has failed to provide any answers as to where he was, what or he knew and what he did (a common theme) while three Americans were left to die. There is no excuse. While the Tea Party or republicans are responsible for many things, they bear little responsibility in this national disgrace; it is our "esteemed" president, who chooses to act as the President of the Democratic Party rather than all Americans, who solely bears the weight of this.


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