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Hi-Noon: Red Rover Too Rough For NY

Red rover, red rover, send the New York State Department of Health right over. And back and forth the state agency is going, wobbling between regulating classic outdoor games such as Red Rover and pulling all regulations on those games. To appease a 2009 law (set to hit the books this year) aimed at regulating summer and day camp programs , the agency formed a list of “non-passive recreational activities with significant risk of injury” that if a program took part in would then classify the program as a camp, requiring additional—and costly—staffing for medical purposes and record keeping. The list ... surprised more than a few people with the inclusion of wiffleball, red rover, dodgeball, kickball, tag, capture the flag, tetherball and so many more/Tim Newcomb, Time. More here.  (2007 SR file photo, of Coeur d'Alene police officer playing dodgeball at Lakes Middle School.)

Question: Did you ever play Red Rover, dodgeball, or any of the "dangerous" playground games listed above?

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