Goofing off at a high school sports practice somewhere in Iowa? Well, your days of being punished with laps could be coming to an end. A Des Moines high school football coach is being accused of violating the state's laws against corporal punishment in schools after he reportedly made a sophomore player run more than 20 hill sprints, complete at least 20 up-downs, and run two laps around the practice field for making disparaging comments about the school’s varsity team. The coach was suspended, and school officials are reexamining their policies. There is an exemption in the state code that allows corporal punishment through “reasonable requests” for extracurricular activities, but some in youth athletics are worried that this incident might cause an overreaction from school officials. “If they start disallowing any form of discipline in this way, I think youth sports are in trouble,” said Tom Wilson, activities director at Dowling Catholic High School.
Support Outside Online
Our mission to inspire readers to get outside has never been more critical. In recent years, Outside Online has reported on groundbreaking research linking time in nature to improved mental and physical health, and we’ve kept you informed about the unprecedented threats to America’s public lands. Our rigorous coverage helps spark important debates about wellness and travel and adventure, and it provides readers an accessible gateway to new outdoor passions. Time outside is essential—and we can help you make the most of it. Making a financial contribution to Outside Online only takes a few minutes and will ensure we can continue supplying the trailblazing, informative journalism that readers like you depend on. We hope you’ll support us. Thank you.