Re: Flexibility of requirements
Ian Ford (ianford@DIRCON.CO.UK)
Sat, 5 Aug 1995 12:10:36 +0100
IMHO there is no excuse for substituting equipment etc. if the real item
is readily available ; the aerodynamics of a beanbag is very different
from a softball , and I would imagine throwing a beanbag with the correct
technique might be difficuly. I could just about understand if one of
our BSA packs in England said that they could only find a cricket ball <g>
since the two are very similar.
I think one has to identify <why> a particular skill is required ... if
throwing a softball is supposed to develop skills for playing the game
then a beanbag is inappropriate.
When I was at college of education I did a physical education elective
( that was interesting ... I'm still a motor moron ) and part of it
including working out how to use equipment appropriate to individual
skill levels. Presumably Cub Scout requirements are geared around the
skill levels of the " average " boy , so as a general rule they ought to
be met as laid down.
There might be an argument for making concessions in particular cases ,
e.g. for kids with problems in co-ordination or vision , depending upon
the particular circumstances.
But as a general rule , if a camp intends to offer a program it ought to
have the proper equipment available unless there are exceptional
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