Bureaucrats: Freeze Tag Is Risky; Tug Of War Isn't

Apr 19, 2011

Remember playing red rover when you were a kid? How about dodgeball? Or kickball?

Since you're reading this post, we assume you survived.

According to New York's Daily News, state Health Department officials in New York think such games pose a "significant risk of injury." And if day camps in the state let children play more than one such "risky" game, the bureaucrats say, then those camps could be subject to state regulation — and potentially the $200 fees and requirements to provide medical staff that come with such oversight.

Other games considered risky: freeze tag, Wiffle Ball, capture the flag and steal the bacon. (Archery, scuba and horseback riding are designated as dangerous.)

Among those not on the risky list: tug of war and sack races. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.