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Is Wiffle Ball Dangerous?

Seemingly Harmless Games to be Outlawed For Some

I lived in Huntington, CT for a good part of my childhood. Huntington is the town just up the way from Shelton. Shelton may not ring a bell with you, but it does have one particular claim to fame that always makes me smile. This small Southern Connecticut town is the home of The Wiffle Ball. We are all familiar with the plastic yellow bat and white ball with the classic holes near the top…and that sound it makes as it is hit, whistling in the wind. It is one of the best neighborhood games ever and only costs around 5 bucks to own your very own set.

Recently New York State identified games like freeze tag, dodge ball and yes, Wiffle Ball as dangerous activities and have begun a push to impede kids from playing them at summer camp…I think we have hit a new low.

It seems more and more that we are becoming a society of “indoor cats." I mean we are so afraid of allowing ourselves to play hard that we are now making absurd excuses for ourselves and outlawing things like Wiffle Ball? Kids should be encouraged to get out and play, learn to compete and by all means get dirty and muddy whenever possible…they’re kids! It’s what they do. With this new stance on playground pastimes there will be absolutely “No joy in Mudville” for the youngsters of New York.

We have to start letting children play and get scratches and bruises along the way, it will show them they aren’t made of glass. Kids are strong, they are smart and we need to give them more credit in my opinion. The video games are great but a good old game of Wiffle Ball, Freeze Tag, Kickball, Red Rover or Steal the Bacon (all also on the list of dangerous games) is always a great thing.

Who knows what we might miss out on if we take it away…maybe the next Troy Tulowitski. I’ll bet you dollars to donuts that Tulo played a fair amount of games with the plastic yellow bat and white ball from Shelton, Connecticut in his day. Who knows how he would have turned out if he hadn't?

Weigh in @mikeyoh21.

I lived in Huntington, CT for a good part of my childhood. Huntington is the town just up the way from Shelton. Shelton may not ring a bell with you, but it does have one particular claim to fame that always makes me smile. This small Southern Connecticut town is the home of The Wiffle Ball. We are all familiar with the plastic yellow bat and white ball with the classic holes near the top…and that sound it makes as it is hit, whistling in the wind. It is one of the best neighborhood games ever and only costs around 5 bucks to own your very own set.

Recently New York State identified games like freeze tag, dodge ball and yes, Wiffle Ball as dangerous activities and have begun a push to impede kids from playing them at summer camp…I think we have hit a new low.

It seems more and more that we are becoming a society of “indoor cats." I mean we are so afraid of allowing ourselves to play hard that we are now making absurd excuses for ourselves and outlawing things like Wiffle Ball? Kids should be encouraged to get out and play, learn to compete and by all means get dirty and muddy whenever possible…they’re kids! It’s what they do. With this new stance on playground pastimes there will be absolutely “No joy in Mudville” for the youngsters of New York.

We have to start letting children play and get scratches and bruises along the way, it will show them they aren’t made of glass. Kids are strong, they are smart and we need to give them more credit in my opinion. The video games are great but a good old game of Wiffle Ball, Freeze Tag, Kickball, Red Rover or Steal the Bacon (all also on the list of dangerous games) is always a great thing.

Who knows what we might miss out on if we take it away…maybe the next Troy Tulowitski. I’ll bet you dollars to donuts that Tulo played a fair amount of games with the plastic yellow bat and white ball from Shelton, Connecticut in his day. Who knows how he would have turned out if he hadn't?

Weigh in @mikeyoh21.