School Bans Soccer Balls and Hard Balls Because They're Too Dangerous

The schoolyard in Toronto, Canada, is safe again, thanks to the quick action of a school principal who has banned the dangerous weapon of ... soccer balls!

Before you deride the news as yet another example of school bureaucracy gone mad, won't you think of the children? They're an absolute terror when weaponized with hard balls:

Students at an east-end Toronto school are being told to leave their soccer balls — and other hard balls — at home.

The principal of Earl Beatty Public School banned the balls this week after a parent recently suffered a concussion from being hit in the head with a soccer ball.

The principal, Alicia Fernandez, banned hard balls, claiming they're dangerous. "Kids were coming in complaining of injury, or being scared," she said. [...]

Students can bring sponge or other soft balls to play with, but soccer balls, footballs, baseballs and even tennis balls are not allowed for safety reasons.


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Well the last time I got threatened in Sheffield it was with a cricket bat and a pickaxe haft. Have the dee dars gone soft these days. Threatening people with a football indeed. You'd get laughed out of Manc for that sort of behaviour.
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DuaneP they fear because they think it hurts. Kids will never develop the skill to field a hard hit ball when all they see are the those soft cover balls, they do not travel at the same speeds. What they need is something that is highly annoying to teach them to field properly, like taking ground balls in front of a thorn bush and then having to get the ones they miss.

Also soccer balls are not really any harder than a standard kick ball and I do not know what you replace a tennis ball with that would work.
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