The Uniform Law Commission announced today that it has formed a committee to review and recommend uniform playground rules, saying “the time is right to bring clarity and stability to a confusing and rapidly changing aspect of childhood.”
In announcing the committee, the ULC outlined the areas it planned to address initially, including:
What Constitutes a Base. With children consistently fighting over whether they made it back to base successfully or not, clarity is needed, says the commission. Are you on base if you are just around it? Or do you need to be touching something? If so, what?
Molten Lava or Alligator-Filled Swamp? With a variety of materials now making up the ground surrounding a playground, endless disputes have erupted over whether the ground is a “pool of molten lava,” an “alligator-filled swamp” or something else. The commission plans to bring a uniform set of rules to apply when children determine what happens if your foot hits the ground.
Who is ‘It’? The commission plans to draft a recommended “short list” of methods of determining who is “It” in most childhood playground games, including “eeny meeny,” “Bubble Gum,” “Icka Bicka,” and “One Potato.”
Names of Various Games. The commission plans to recommend the uniform naming of several games, including whether Ghost in the Graveyard should be retained or renamed to Hit the Door, the Witch Ain’t Out Tonight, or Bloody Murder.
The Uniform Law Commission provides states with legislation that brings clarity and stability to critical areas of state statutory law.