Sports Day

Sports days, sometimes referred to as field days, are events staged by many schools and offices in which people take part in competitive sporting activities, often with the aim of winning trophies or prizes. Though they are often held at the beginning of summer, they are staged in the autumn or spring seasons, especially in countries where the summer is very harsh. Schools stage many sports days in which children participate in the sporting events. It is usually held in elementary schools, or grades Kindergarten-8th Grade.

Controversies

There have been a number of controversies surrounding school sports days in recent years, many of which have been publicised by the media.

Some schools have abolished or heavily altered sports days on the grounds that they are too competitive and may damage pupils’ self esteem, with some commentators calling for the event to be banned due to the public humiliation caused to those children who are not gifted athletically.[2] This view has been condemned as “political correctness” by many commentators, notably by journalist Melanie Phillips in her 1996 book All Must Have Prizes.,[3] a book heavily criticised by reviewers for its prejudiced, fact-less and distorted analyses.[4]

In June 2005, Country Life magazine published a report claiming that school sports days have become excessively competitive due to overbearing and “over-zealous” parents, who place too much pressure on their children to succeed. The report also revealed that many schools have banned “mothers and fathers” races due to fighting and cheating.

Since the mid-1990s, a number of schools and education authorities have banned photography and filming with video cameras at sports days and other school events. Some authorities cite general privacy issues as justification for the ban. Others have raised concerns about pedophiles, which in turn has sparked accusations of hysteria and moral panic. Many parents have expressed anger at being unable to take photographs or videos as souvenirs of these events, and the ban has been criticised by some as a paranoid over-reaction to public concerns about pedophilia and child safety issues.

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Sport (British English) or sports (American English) includes all forms of competitive physical activity or games which,[1]through casual or organised participation, aim to use, maintain or improve physical ability and skills while providing enjoyment to participants, and in some cases, entertainment for spectators.[2] 

Running is a method of terrestrial locomotion allowing humans and other animals to move rapidly on foot. Running is a type of gaitcharacterized by an aerial phase in which all feet are above the ground (though there are exceptions[1]). This is in contrast to walking, where one foot is always in contact with the ground, the legs are kept mostly straight and the center of gravity vaults over the stance leg or legs in an inverted pendulum fashion.[2] A characteristic feature of a running body from the viewpoint of spring-mass mechanics is that changes in kinetic and potential energy within a stride occur simultaneously, with energy storage accomplished by springy tendons and passive muscle elasticity.[3] The term running can refer to any of a variety of speeds ranging from jogging to sprinting.

It is assumed that the ancestors of humankind developed the ability to run for long distances about 2.6 million years ago, probably in order to hunt animals.[4] Competitive running grew out of religious festivals in various areas. Records of competitive racing date back to the Tailteann Games in Ireland in 1829 BCE,[5][citation needed] while the first recorded Olympic Games took place in 776 BCE. Running has been described as the world’s most accessible sport

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