What is Contact School Sports & What isn’t?

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What makes a contact school sports a contact sport?

This is the question that sprung to more than one coach, parents and players mind this past week following the Department of Basic Education’s muzzling of all ‘contact school sport’ with immediate effect.

Obviously, rugby must be right at the top of the contact sports played in the South African schools. But what other school sports fall under the suspension? And what school sports can still go ahead?

This is an important question because it means that school sport may be able to continue if it is not deemed as ‘contact sport”. It also could mean that innovative schools might look to pursue a winter season of sport for a particular code that lost out due to the Covid-19 lockdown.

Here is the list of school sports the DBE classifies as contact and non-contact:

CONTACT SCHOOL SPORT

  •    RUGBY
  •    FOOTBALL
  •    BASKETBALL
  •    HOCKEY
  •    NETBALL
  •    VOLLEYBALL
  •    GOALBALL

NON-CONTACT SCHOOL SPORT

  •    CRICKET
  •    ATHLETICS
  •    SWIMMING
  •    TABLE TENNIS
  •    GYMNASTICS
  •    SOFTBALL
  •    CHESS
  •    TENNIS

As virtually the entire school cricket season was lost one wonders if schools should not refocus their attention on playing winter cricket to give the cricketers at least some cricketing memories in 2021?

DBE SUSPENDS SCHOOL SPORT