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2323 Siskiyou Blvd
Medford, OR 97504
Phone: (541) 842-3750
Fax: (541) 842-1874
Contact: Lynn Cataldo, Principal
Hours: 7:30 - 4:00

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Playground Rules

Hoover Elementary School

Rules for the

Playground, Play Equipment, Games & Cafeteria



Playground Goal & General Expectations


Playground Goal

The playground will be a safe environment where kids enjoy themselves and treat each other with respect.


Playground Expectations

  1. Follow instructions the first time they are given.
  1. Recess begins and ends on the playground.
  2. Show respect for others.
  3. STOP, LOOK, AND LISTEN when the whistle blows or bell/buzzer sounds.
  4. Follow our all-school rules and rules of the games.  Play safely: games or activities involving rough or dangerous body contact are not allowed (tackling, wrestling, play-fighting).
  5. Welcome everyone to play.  Games are to be inclusive.  There will be no closed games.
  1. Play only in the designated areas.  Do not go into the trees, over or around the fences, and into other off-limit areas.  Stay out of the mud and water puddles.
  2. Stay in view of the campus monitors.
  3. Use the restrooms by the cafeteria.
  4. Show pride in our school by not spitting or littering.
  5. Do not bring any toys from home.
  6. Do not approach animals or strangers on the playground, but report them to the adult in charge.
  7. Do not do gymnastics.  (Cartwheels are allowed on the grass.)
  8. Students will keep hands and feet to themselves.
  9. Students will not harass other students and engage in rough play.
  10. Students will leave the playground only with the approval of the playground teacher.
  11. When the bell rings:

·        Stop playing.

·        Walk to the designated line-up area.

·        Follow the rules for hands, feet, and objects.

·        Wait safely for the teacher.



Rules for Playground Equipment & Games

1.      Time limit for use of equipment will be a count of 100 if someone else is  waiting.              

2.      No equipment or toys from home.


Balls – Students will:

  • bounce red balls only on the wallboard, not against the building
  • kick only soccer balls, and yellow balls.
  • kick balls only on grassy areas.
  • carry balls until arriving on the field
  • return balls to storage area at end of recess.


Swings – Students will:

  • not bailout.
  • not spin or twirl.
  • hold chain with both hands.
  • slow down if swing begins to bounce.
  • not interfere with others who are swinging.
  • share. (Count to 100 slowly to change.)
  • swing only forward and backward.
  • not climb poles.
  • not walk between swings.
  • not wind up the swing chains.
  • swing one person at a time.
  • not jump out of the swings.
  • not hold onto other swings.


Jump Roping – Students will:

  • be allowed to use Chinese jump ropes.
  • use ropes for jump roping only.
  • not tie each other up.
  • not use rope as horse reins.
  • never put rope around anyone’s neck
  • never swing ropes.
  • no helicopters (spinning jump ropes over the head.)
  • take turns.
  • have only one miss.


Soccer – Students will:

  • Not slide tackle.
  • Use only soccer balls.
  • Play soccer only on the field.


Tetherball – General Rules

  • Anyone in line can call an out.  All who saw it vote (majority vote).
  • Only the winner will unwind the ball.
  • The ball is served by either hitting the ball while holding it up, or by tossing the ball in the air and hitting it.  The ball may not be thrown when serving.
  • Each player must have the chance to hit the ball one time.  (You can’t win with just one awesome serve.)
  • People in line must not interfere.
  • No closing games.
  • No new rules.
  • You are out if you:

-          win 3 games or beat everyone in line.

-          step over the center line.  (You may step on the line but not over it.)

-          touch the rope or pole with any part of your body.

-          hit the ball in the other person’s direction.

-          hit the ball more than once - no “double hits.”

-    grab or hold the ball.  It must stay moving at all times.

-     throw the ball.

-     are hit with the ball without watching or ducking.  You must play safely.


Four Square or Two Square

  • No hitting lines.
  • No hitting with fist.
  • No holding ball.
  • No double hits.
  • Serve must be playable:
  • If ball hits your feet while you are in the square, you are out.
  • If ball hits your feet while you are on the line, you are out.
  • If you hit the ball over an opponent’s head, you are out.
  • People in line must not interfere.


Touch Football

  • May only be played under the direct supervision of a playground teacher only.



·       Cannot be played on the equipment, structures, gravel areas or in the restrooms.

·        Can only be played within the areas designated by the campus monitors.

·        Can not chase each other into restrooms.



  • You are out if:

-          the ball goes over wall.

-          you hit the ball and the ball doesn’t hit the wall

-          you hit the ball and the ball goes over the out-of bounds line.

-          you are hit by the ball.

-          the players call it out.  Disputes are replayed.

  • Blocking: If a person has to go around you, you are blocking the ball and are not trying to move out of the way.  You are out.
  • If another player accidentally plays on an out, neither player is out.
  • No time-outs except for injury or campus monitors ask you to stop.
  • No one may take the ball away from the game even though that player brought it out.
  • The ball must be kept in play once a round has begun.
  • The ball may only bounce once before it must be hit or rainbowed by the next player.
  • Anyone can play.  No closed games.


    • Skimmers: When the player hits the ball so the ball “skims” the ground before hitting the wall.
    • Rainbows: After a ball hits the wall, the next player may choose not to hit the ball after it bounces, but instead chooses to run under it to allow the next player to hit the ball or do another rainbow.  If you get hit by the ball while doing a rainbow, you are out.

·        You can only throw from within the yellow line/within the court.

·        No more than 4 players if rainbow ball is being played.  Going under the ball in rainbow ball counts the same as hitting the ball.

·        “Sewage” is only allowed within the court and can only play by the rules that are listed.

·        Number of Players: Wallball – 2      Rainbow Ball – 4


Prison Ball

·        Two even teams throw a small red playground ball in an attempt to hit opposite team and send them to prison.

·        Players must be hit between the knees and shoulders, or the hit does not count.

·        If you bend over to catch the ball and get hit in the head you are out.

·        If you hit someone in the head, you go to prison.

·        If you jump up and get hit below the knees or on the head, you are out.

·        If a player gets hit and the ball bounces off them and another player catches the ball they are not out.

·        Any “free” player who steps over the center line or side lines is out and becomes a prisoner.

·        To get out of prison, you must receive a pass from a teammate and hit an opposing player.

·        If a prisoner steps over the line and throws the ball the throw does not count.

·        Prisoners may not cross the center line to get an out of bounds ball.

·        If the person whom you are throwing at catches your throw, they are safe, and you are out.

·        Only one prisoner may go out to the field or in the planter to get a ball.

·        If there are no prisoners the free man on that side can go out to get the ball.



·        They are to slide down sitting down on their bottoms, feet first, one at a time. No standing.

·        They cannot go back up the slides.

·        There is a bar at the top of the tall slide. 

·        No more than 3 children are to be on the top deck of the tall slide.

·        Students are not to throw balls at children who are using the equipment. 

·        Children are to walk up the slides using the steps.  They are not to walk on the banister rails, nor to slide down the banisters.

·        No tag on structure



·        The track ride is an activity that was engineered and designed for older students. 

Younger students need to understand they cannot use the event unless they are tall enough to reach the handles WITHOUT ASSISTANCE.  It requires sufficient upper body strength and the child must be a certain height.  Because of this, the track ride is too tall for some of our younger students to reach.  We cannot place a stool or other device to allow shorter children to reach the handles.

·        Only one student at a time may ride on a handle. 

·        There is absolutely NO PUSHING another child.  Each user must provide his/her own push.  (If a child were to be “pushed” too fast, the child could fling off the handle at the other end when coming to an abrupt stop.)

·        Children may ride across only one way per turn.  If other children are waiting they are to get off and go to the end of the line to wait for another turn.



·        Only one student per bar.

·        Students may hang from their hands or with their knees bent over the bar.

·        Students may do chin-ups or arm hangs.

·        Students may also twirl using their knees but they may not twirl using their hands.



Cafeteria Goal & General Expectations


Cafeteria Goal

The cafeteria will be a safe and clean environment where people interact using the Hoover Guidllines for Success


General Expectations

·     Students will use quiet voices and good manners when talking.

·     Students will keep feet, hands, food and objects to themselves.

·     Once seated, students will stay in their seats and raise their hands to get help, dispose of garbage and to be dismissed.

·     Students will walk in the cafeteria.

·     Sharing or trading food is unacceptable.





Most misbehavior will be dealt with by discussion or mild consequences reteaching our expectations with each occurrence.


Office referrals are to be reserved for severe and chronic misbehavior.  The office staff is unable to accept referrals for minor problems, as students soon learn that being referred to the office is “no big deal”.  To maintain effectiveness, office referrals must be used only for severe or recurring problems.


It is a straight shot to the principal when:

  • There is physically dangerous behavior such as fighting, assault, physical intimidation, and harassment.
  • Illegal acts.
  • Persistently insubordinate behavior.


Suggested consequences:

  • Reteach and practice correct procedure.
  • Verbal warning.
  • Misbehavior in lunch line – have the student go to the end of the line.
  • Detain individuals or classrooms not conforming to general rules.
  • Excessive noise or misbehavior from any given class – report to classroom teacher.
  • Use office referral for “Straight Shots.”








549C Medford School District

Medford School District 549C Mission Statement
We are a high quality teaching and learning organization dedicated to preparing all students to graduate with a sound educational foundation, ready to succeed in post-secondary education, and to be contributing community members.

Medford Public Schools 549C recognizes the diversity and worth of all individuals and groups and their roles in society and our community. It is the policy of the Medford School Board that there will be no discrimination or harassment of individuals or groups on the grounds of age, color, creed, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation in any educational programs, activities or employment.
For District Federal Title Program compliance, please contact the Office of Federal Programs: (541) 842-3633
For District Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act compliance, please contact the Office of Special Education & Student Services: (541) 842-3628
For District American Disabilities Act compliance, please contact the Office of Human Resources: (541) 842-3625

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