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Old 5th February 2013, 08:39 AM
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Tug-o-war will now be banned in schools.

SOUTH EL MONTE, Calif. – Authorities in Southern California say a boy and a girl had fingers torn off during a game of tug-of-war at their high school.
Read more: 2 Los Angeles students lose fingers during lunchtime tug-of-war game | Fox News

First rule of Tug-o-War, never wrap or coil the rope around any part of your body. When you can't hold on, let go, the rope moves freely.
Wrap it, coil it, tie it, and you will get hurt.

Of course, with this, our schools will over react, and ban it.
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You can seriously/permanently injure yourself doing so many things - even going up and down the stairs - or in any physical education class doing almost any sport ...

The thing is that ANY time tug-o-war is done, a teacher/adult supervisor should be present to explain that the rope cannot be wrapped around any fingers/hands/body parts, etc. ... its just that injuries are probably so rare with tug-o-war that education and supervision never seemed necessary - they are likely seen as 'freak accidents'.
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Read more: 2 Los Angeles students lose fingers during lunchtime tug-of-war game | Fox News

First rule of Tug-o-War, never wrap or coil the rope around any part of your body. When you can't hold on, let go, the rope moves freely.
Wrap it, coil it, tie it, and you will get hurt.

Of course, with this, our schools will over react, and ban it.
When I was six or seven years old, I nearly lost all the fingers on my right hand doing something similar.

In my case, it was by wrapping some twine around my hand. It's hard to imagine how they would have lost fingers playing tug of war.
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Old 5th February 2013, 09:09 AM
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There are so many things I played at school that have been stopped for various reasons. Children are becoming too wrapped in cotton wool these days.
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How ridiculous. I mean, the kids were pretty dumb to have lost their fingers in the first place. It was a common game in my school days, and even though the rope could burn your hands, it was no more harm.
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How ridiculous. I mean, the kids were pretty dumb to have lost their fingers in the first place. It was a common game in my school days, and even though the rope could burn your hands, it was no more harm.
the kids were pretty dumb? nice.
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I propose a new law: a week-long training course is required for any Phys Ed teachers looking to supervise tug of war, to ensure students are taught to grip the rope correctly.

If this becomes law, I will even go as far as setting up a company to provide such training, at reasonable rates.
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Originally Posted by Oafman View Post
I propose a new law: a week-long training course is required for any Phys Ed teachers looking to supervise tug of war, to ensure students are taught to grip the rope correctly.

If this becomes law, I will even go as far as setting up a company to provide such training, at reasonable rates.
a WEEK long!?!??

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Tug-o-war will now be banned in schools

While it is tragic that a few students lost a digit, the linked article and both links within the linked article never mention that tug-o-war will be banned in the school or any other school.
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Old 5th February 2013, 02:35 PM
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Originally Posted by JCSr View Post
While it is tragic that a few students lost a digit, the linked article and both links within the linked article never mention that tug-o-war will be banned in the school or any other school.
Enough with the logic please. It's health and safety gone mad!!!
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