Thursday, March 26, 2009

Listen Here, Texas Lawmakers

THIS. NEW. BILL. IS. RIDICULOUS.

I just left this comment on the wonderful Gymnastics Coaching blog tonight;


"Wow, I can't believe this. I'm hundred and thousand of miles from Texas and i am raging!!! 
Where is the line drawn between a sports training venue and a child care venue? Uneven bars/climbing structure? 
A gym is not a playground and isn't that something all coaches tell the kids? The first thing we were told when we did gymnastics in school was not to 'play' on the equipment, not to even get on it unsupervised because it is not a 'playground' for our own safety. 
I'm all for making sure kids are well looked after in terms of care and hygiene issues, but as a sportings facility, with the necessities and requirements of the sport taken into consideration. This bill is all about semantics.
(and it's so funny, because tonight i was watching an old Elise Ray college routine on bars and thinking what terrific bars workers the states have produced- like Liukin and Kupets. Imagine if the other states followed? Imagine if those past bars champions couldn't have 'climbed them? Stoopid, stoopid, stoopid)"

But I am still so stunned by the ludicrous "climbing structure" part of this new bill that I can't let it go. Come on, Those in High Places, there is a distinct difference between this,



and this,




I can just see it now- some new Nastia of WOGA telling the judges, "oh i can't do the uneven bars. Where I grew up you couldn't do bars."

Come on Texas policy peeps, I understand you want to look after your kids, but really....

5 comments:

  1. I can understand where people are coming from though. Kids get hurt, people want answers. I think the more important would be adding more assistant coaches so that the child to caretaker ratio is better.

    But remember... it's Texas ;)

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  2. Here in America, we totally support individual rights and self-responsibility... until children and safety are involved. Then, nanny-state type measures such as this one become more favorable to the public.

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  3. Yeah, Australia has gotten a bit caught up with the whole public liability thing, but it's become kind of a joke. if someone accidently spills a drink on you, someone will joke and say "In America, you'd get sued for that!" Anyone I've told about the Texas 'climbing structure' thing, nearly always shake their head and goes, "oh America!" But it's getting like laws like that will come in over here one day too.

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  4. Yeah, Australia has gotten a bit caught up with the whole public liability thing, but it's become kind of a joke. if someone accidently spills a drink on you, someone will joke and say "In America, you'd get sued for that!" Anyone I've told about the Texas 'climbing structure' thing, nearly always shake their head and goes, "oh America!" But it's getting like laws like that will come in over here one day too.

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  5. I live in TX and the state legislature is a total disaster. (Obviously.) That will be awesome for my daughter, should she choose to continue gymnastics.

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