11 responses

  1. Char
    March 20, 2009

    Are you kidding me? This seems like a pretty ridiculous rule. Aren’t oranges one of the most nutritious, whole foods out there? I mean, they are naturally occurring, come in their own wrapper, portable, and people have been eating them for centuries.

    This is just plain odd!

  2. Seanb_us
    March 20, 2009

    Yeah. Kids should be slurping Cola instead of nasty oranges.

  3. Bob Hill
    March 20, 2009

    I was given some orange slices for the first time for our U10s team last Sunday – no uptake whatsoever all wanting there expensive sports drinks that mummy and daddy had bought for them!!

  4. Clint Johnson
    March 21, 2009

    sounds like certain people are just trying to outlaw oranges for no good reason. they are healthy. ask a dentist is my advice.

  5. Coach Derek
    March 22, 2009

    I really can’t believe that they would even try to do something like this … All that it takes is one law suit to mess it up for all of us.

  6. Soccer Dad
    March 24, 2009

    We usually have orange slices and grapes for halftime when it’s really hot out or early in the morning. Some of the girls like the orange slices, others the grapes – both get eaten, though not always.

    But I can honestly say ‘tooth decay’ never crossed my mind when we opened them up for the girls.

    It’s the Air Head candy they buy from the concession stand – now THAT stuff will rot your teeth! :)

  7. Soccer Coach EJ
    November 23, 2009

    I agree with no oranges at half-time not because of tooth decay but because they are messy and sticky. The kids are sticking their dirty hands into the container and the assistant coach gets stuck cleaning up the rinds that hit the dirt. Half the kids don’t even like them.

    I played sports as a child out in the hot sun for hours without even a water bottle! We were lucky to find a hose or slimy water fountain outside the school. Skip the oranges and have them hydrate with water, it’s the best thing. They can have a snack at the end of the game instead to re-carb.

  8. Sean
    May 24, 2010

    Okay, if you soak the teeth in oranges for weeks, you could have a problem with acid levels, sure.

    My kids like the oranges, and some parents enjoy bringing them. We only get them occasionally, though.

    I prefer plain water for hydration. I appreciate the messyness of oranges, and the coach (me) often has to pick up the bits and throw them away. And, you need wipes for the kids. But, it’s not a lot messier than trying to get the kids to pick up their waterbottles after practice, and a lot more biodegradable. (Although, oranges actually are in addition to whatever drink the kids bring, not in place of …)

    I way skip the high-fructose-corn-syrupy “sport” drink and bring water. Oranges are a plus.



  9. Chuck R
    June 19, 2012

    Why is everyone up in arms about this? As science teaches us more things about the way substances interact with our bodies, we modify our behavior. Yes, of course, oranges are healthy. But if they’re eating away at tooth enamel, that’s a problem! Why can’t we all accept that instead of griping that this is “ridiculous” and “unnecessary?”

    A few decades ago, scientists figured out that cigarettes were bad for our lungs. I have a feeling the commenters above might’ve had similar problems with that conclusion.

  10. elka maxwell
    October 6, 2012

    I played netball every Saturday morning and had chilled orange quarters, I can’t imagine a better sports quarter or halftime snack.

  11. Sharon M
    March 24, 2014

    This interests me as we’ve been told not to provide oranges at our daughter’s netball as well. They are happy to give the girls lollies instead!! Can you seriously tell me that that is better for them…I don’t think so somehow. The kids drink a lot of water when running around. Surely this washes away the risk of tooth decay??? I would really like to see the research results done on this.

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