Red Rover Has Been Saved

Red Rover and kickball have been saved!

Health officials in New York backed away from regulations that could have threatened the future of popular children’s games. Many towns and camp operators had started revamping indoor summer programs as a result of a letter sent by the Department of Health outlining games it said presented “a significant risk of injury” and need to be regulated more closely.

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Among the games listed were tag, Frisbee, rock climbing, wiffle ball, and archery.

“It’s overregulation by the state of things that have been around for years and years,” wrote Republican State Sen. Patricia Ritchie in a letter to the state health commissioner.

She said the regulations would have required camps to add staff such as nurses and pay $200 for a permit.

After a flurry of news reports, the state agreed and backed away from the regulations – meant to close a loophole that allowed indoor day camps to operate without the same state oversight applied to outdoor day camps.

“The practical effect is that we are not going to get that detailed and into micromanagement,” department spokeswoman Claudia Hutton told the Associated Press.




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