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High school bans road running (Read 454 times)


Fat butt on couch

    Link.

     

    I never would have taken up running if I'd been first exposed in such an environment.

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      That stinks. Our town just had a lot of buzz as we had a XC girl clipped (and seriously injured) by a pickup truck's side mirror - straight on - during practice on the road behind the school.

       

      Hope they don't follow Radford's lead.

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      A Dance with Monkeys

        How can a school control where its students run on their own time?


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          We need some fortitude in this country.

           

          Next thing you know parents will be held liable for negligence for letting their 16yo run down Main Street in violation of "scholastic recommendations" like this.

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            Cross country practice is not considered their own time.

            Runners run.

              It sounds like it only affect the XC team members? So if any kids just like running for fun then they shouldn't join the school team?

               

              MTA: After seeing Mike's post it makes more sense now, so they're banning it only during official practice sessions


              Fat butt on couch

                How can a school control where its students run on their own time?

                 

                If their are militant enough, they could claim it is a violation of the code of conduct they sign to participate, which does talk about behavior off campus.

                 

                I give the community credit, they are organized.  But local politics are playing out at their best, complete with refusal to move the board meeting to a bigger room in order to limit the number of opposing community members who can attend.

                 

                Note that we're not just talking about running on the roads here -- they can't even use sidewalks.  In the link above, one of the athletes describes some of the trail they are supposed to use as being dangerously un-runnable.

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                  Cross country practice is not considered their own time.

                   

                  Yes, this.


                  Quite a few years ago two kids on one of the local high school golf teams here were killed in a car wreck

                  on the way to an after school tournament.   I think most of the schools in the area then stopped allowing

                  kids to drive to after school games / events.

                  steph  

                   

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                  A Dance with Monkeys

                    I misunderstood. I thought it was banning XC runners from running on road ever.


                    Fat butt on couch

                       

                      Yes, this.


                      Quite a few years ago two kids on one of the local high school golf teams here were killed in a car wreck

                      on the way to an after school tournament.   I think most of the schools in the area then stopped allowing

                      kids to drive to after school games / events.

                       

                      I was involved in a car wreck returning to the school from XC practice in a private vehicle.

                       

                      I'm aware of far more kids involved in car wrecks simply driving to/from school; I'm not sure why they are considered differently, but not driving private vehicles to after-school events is pretty standard in my experience.

                       

                      stadjak's post more or less nailed it...although in this particular case there are hints that this rule is just a way to justify spend on improving the course/trails.

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                      Fat butt on couch

                        I misunderstood. I thought it was banning XC runners from running on road ever.

                         

                        Since the board has thus far not published the new rule (apparently not following the law), even the parents lack real clarity.

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                          I hope the trails are smoother than the trails I find because I trip, fall, and have hurt myself a lot more running on trails than on roads. I agree with the students though that the worst part is really not getting to explore and keep it exciting. Running the same trail course every day for practice for all types of workouts sounds like it takes a lot of the fun and freedom out of it. That's a shame.

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                            I'm aware of far more kids involved in car wrecks simply driving to/from school; I'm not sure why they are considered differently, but not driving private vehicles to after-school events is pretty standard in my experience.

                             

                             

                            True.

                            steph  

                             

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                            Cheap and Evil Girl

                              I went to a small, rural high school.  We didn't have a cross country team, but the distance runners on the track team often ran on the road.  We had a teacher run with us, he wasn't an official coach (actually he was my dad, and my Spanish teacher, and also my class advisor...you can't make this shit up, I tell ya) but he was a decent runner and kept us girls relatively safe at intersections and made sure we all made it back to the school.  I don't see why they can't find a staff member with a decent level of fitness to tag along.  They could even do an escort by bicycle, if it came to that.  You can't prevent all accidents, no matter what you do.  Banning road running during practice sends a message that the adults don't trust the kids to be smart, and that the world is a terrifyingly dangerous place.

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                                My son's team had to run inside the high school when the roads were too icy.  More kids got hurt slipping in the hallway than ever got injured on the roads.  They also had adventures such as swimming across rivers.  I think they gave their coach a fair number of gray hairs!

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