Injuries spark ball ban
A MELBOURNE school has outraged parents after imposing a ban on children using their own footballs and soccer balls. A letter to parents from Dorset Primary School principal Palma Coppa said: “The school welfare team has dealt with a surge in sportrelated injuries in the playground due to impacts with playing balls that are over-inflated and over-sized.” Ms Coppa said most injuries related to balls striking children in the head and hands, and had resulted in some fractures and mild concussions. “In an effort to ensure safety of all of our children who play in the playground, we are providing children with the correctly sized playing balls from the school’s PE supplies and instructing them not to bring balls from home,” she said. School parent Jodie Del Monaco, of Kilsyth, whose three children attend the school, said she was disappointed by the school’s “extreme” decision. “I’ve heard students are playing footy with a (school-supplied) volleyball,” Ms Del Monaco said. She said her nine-yearold son in Grade 4 was distraught by the decision. “He’s really disheartened because he can’t play his favourite sports like downball any more,” she said.