Is Wiffle Ball too dangerous for kids? Apparently not, but it was almost banned from New York State summer camps along with tag, dodgeball, and kickball for this upcoming summer. These games, among others, were recently classified as “dangerous activities” that presented a “significant risk of injury”, according to the New York State Department of Health.
Since 2000, we’ve only had one on-field plastic baseball injury — a torn ACL by Eric Coons (pictured at left) in 2002 while trying to avoid a tag by a new player not familiar with our rules. In my opinion, one injury in approximately 90 games should not classify Wiffle Ball as a dangerous activity.
The results of a CBS 6 news poll yesterday agreed, with 94% of people surveyed saying they did not think Wiffle Ball, kickball, etc. were dangerous.
Fortunately, the proposal was pulled today, and the games can go on. So kids can continue to have fun by playing games outside. And it gets some publicity for Wiffle Ball, which is good too. Visits to this site were up considerably over the past two days, so thanks for checking us out!
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