City officials trying to put limits on road hockey is nothing new. A few uptight citizens complain about having a couple divots left on their lawn, or about the safety hazards of kids playing in the street, and suddenly it's open season on one of the great Canadian childhood pastimes.
The city, among other things, is considering:
- Bar kids from playing before 9 a.m. or after 8 p.m. Does anyone remember ever playing that early in the morning, or that late at night?
- Making all players wear a helmet -- which creates an extra expense for parents.
- Possibly requiring permits for players. Never mind that road hockey was great because it was spontaneous. You started calling people around 9 in the morning to see if they were up for a game and by noon, you assembled to play for Champion of the Universe.
- Limiting games to no more than eight players. That's really going to help with promoting active lifestyles. Suppose 10 kids want to play. "Sorry, Braden, sorry, Evan, but we already have our eight players." ... "OK, I guess I'll go insisde and play more XBox and eat more Cheetos even though it's a beautiful, sunny day."
- Consideration as to whether a street is safe for playing would also include "good weather conditions." Can you remember being 12 or 13, playing road hockey or playground basketball, and it started raining? You never stopped playing, unless it was coming down so hard that you couldn't see.
Whoever's pushing for this, get a hold of yourself. No one should be trying to put limits on something as vital as child's play.