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Posted on: Wed, 04/14/2004 - 12:00pm
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My son plays 1st year hardball and we don't have snacks at the practices, only water.
For games, the team mom collected $21 dollars from each family. There are 21 games in the season, so after each game, the kids line up after the game and receive $1 worth of snack bar tickets to buy whatever they want. This has worked out great! No one has to worry about bringing snacks, or safe snacks or bringing food of any kind to the games.
Cindia

Posted on: Wed, 04/14/2004 - 9:41pm
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My son (non PA) is 11 and has been playing baseball since he's been five. My daugter (PA) is 9 and has been playing softball since she's been 6). My daughter has never had a problem at any game. For both those leagues, we were lucky that there was never any 'communal snack'. In both leagues a 'no food in the dugout' rule has been in effect. Mainly for cleanliness reasons, not for food allergies. I also don't think kids need to eat for the two hours they are playing the game. I think you could ask the coach if he would consider a no food in the dugout rule. He should also inform the parents that their is a child on the team with food allergies. Don't forget to bring the epi-pen to the games. I know that sometimes when we're doing outside activities we don't always remember it.

Posted on: Wed, 04/14/2004 - 11:00pm
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Being the proud paranoid mother myself, my son wears his own helmet, uses his own bat, and glove, of course. Yes, the ball has to be shared, but at least I'm taking risk out of 3 of those four things. I've seen kids (mostly siblings) eating PB crackers, sandwiches, etc. at the game and practices. So it's a pretty sure bet that someone playing has eaten the stuff too.
We have to fill out medical forms for T-ball/Instructional, Baseball, and Softball in our area league. In addition to doing this, I have given the coaches/assistants the following form, updated each year. The most recent form I gave to Ryan's (age 7) Instructional Baseball coaches last week is as follows:
To: All Baseball Coaches and Assistants
Ryan X has a SEVERE peanut allergy and asthma.
His asthma is under relatively good control, and he is not prone to sudden breathing problems. However, he does carry an inhaler should one ever occur. He did have one serious asthma attack (most likely from a cold) during August

Posted on: Wed, 04/14/2004 - 11:13pm
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My PA daughter is only 4 but she is in tennis and dance. The biggest obstacle so far is that they always seem to give out treats after classes for the preschool age group. I always have to talk to the instructors and remind them a few times about what treats are unsafe. Also, so far, I never leave the site.
We have never had an incident yet.

Posted on: Thu, 04/15/2004 - 1:28am
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Quote:Originally posted by Going Nuts:
[b]Personally, I'm more concerned about catching lice from the communal batting helmet, so we got him his own. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Thu, 04/15/2004 - 1:53am
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I don't understand why there is so much focus on food while the kids are playing sports.
I have been involved in sports almost my entire life. I have NEVER seen any food in dugouts, sidelines, benchs, etc. where the kids or teenagers playing the sport are the ones with the food.
Water and/or juice--absolutely!! But not food.
What kind of message is being sent to your children if they cannot play a 45 minute (approx.) t-ball game without food being given to them? And people wonder why kids these days are so overweight!
BTW, when someone refers to a [b]dugout[/b] as being disgusting AND contaminated--yes I think they are being somewhat paranoid. Disgusting--I'll give you that because yes they are dirty and unclean. BUT, that's what sports are!!, well, unless you are in a white glove and bubble contest. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]
Not trying to pick on anyone--just think that you need to look at the whole picture here.

Posted on: Thu, 04/15/2004 - 2:38am
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My son has played hockey safely for 5 yaers now.
This is mainly because of his coach(es). They are told about his allergy and instantly it becomes an non issue. The coach announces that no food will be allowed in the change room. There is no discussion,that is the way it is.His coaches have thanked me
because they too agree that there is no need to have food of "junk" right after playing a sport. Of course there is plenty of water and sports drinks.
I tyr not to pass my anxieties on to my son.
I would love to keep him in a safe "bubble" but I can't do that.However I do have control over how much parinoia I convey to him. I keep that to the basis of teaching him not scaring him.
On one occasion he was shown the rawest form of my anxieties. He had joined the baseball team. I espressed to the coach how important it was that nut free snacks were, and how it would be best just not to have any. He aggreed with me to my face. When it came down to it though he would not ask the parents to put the chocolate bars and other junk away.On several occasions a certain parent would purposesly go in the middle of a game and get all sorts of peanut filled chocolate bars. I brought htis up to the coach who in turn ignored me.
When the season was near to the end, I had finnally had enough and on this particular said parent was handing the junk out to the whole team! I gathered my child and ripped this parent a new a** hole! We then left and never returned.
Maybe I could have handled it better maybe not.
The problem is not with the children but with the parents.
I say you have done what you can and to just let your child play! Watch and be on the look out for parents.Play it by ear.
~Jenna

Posted on: Thu, 04/15/2004 - 8:12am
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Well said, Jenna--thank you [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Thu, 04/15/2004 - 10:37am
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Just adding that I, too, cannot understand why kids cannot go for at LEAST an hour without food. I prefer no food be brought for after games or anything.
However, things being what they are, I ALWAYS see food, including peanut food, being eaten at games and practices. (And peanuts and baseball are as American as apple pie.) We are extremely careful, however, my child is neither scared nor paranoid. Simply one of the most cheerful, well-adjusted kids around and absolute baseball lover.
Our (more on the extreme side) precautions have never been an "issue" because we don't make them one. This is merely our lifestyle, and we like the way we live.

Posted on: Thu, 04/15/2004 - 11:04am
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The way I see it you have 3 choices.
1. Run, hide & bury you family in the sand.
2. Permit your child to participate and be at the mercy of the procedures that your coach imposes.
3. Permit your child to participate and you actively participate.
You can choose to go to all practices and games. You can also participate without knowing anything about the sport your child is participating in. My kids are involved in soccer. I know nothing about soccer. I do know a few things about web pages. I volunterred to create the soccer club

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