I was soooo glad when NBN was over because I was tired of the kids throwing the balls at each other, me, pets, anything in general. I thought this year would be so mellow because there are no balls… but your post reminds me that there are plenty of other mischevious things to do with the field elements!
Ha! I know the feeling. The ball throwing was fairly benign, except for hurt feelings and/or a school admin walking by at just the wrong time.
This game isn’t too bad. My biggest worry is a student getting the idea in his head to get a running start and hurdle the fence, maybe end up catching his foot and breaking the field and hurting himself. Or maybe it’s just something that I would have done when I was 12 or 13. lol.
See, this is the main advantage to being private. You can throw anything you want at each other and there’s no one to complain. That is, until you have to buy new things because you broke the old ones… but that hasn’t happened yet really, except for countless lost/broken rubber bands.
So far this season we had to explain to the other kids who don’t in vex in my class, that A. you can not “bend the stars until they break for fun” B. Vexnets can NOT be stress tested by “wiping them at the ground” and C. Vex nothing but net balls were not meant to be "fully submerged in elmers glue…
Also, no shaking the stars back and forth by one point causing them to break.
Walking/stepping over the fence should be avoided if possible as well. Some cases it may not be avoided though.
The witty student may counter that rule 1 that fences are not generally jumped by racehorses, but are jumped by steeplechase horses and equestrian horses. Never underestimate the smart alec potential of a middle schooler! We have a local horse show going on this week. You can see all the categories of jumpers.