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New York youth soccer club bans high-fives due to flu fears

Jan 15, 2013, 11:22 AM EDT

US President Barack Obama gives a high-f Getty Images

No, Mr. President, no!

Dangerous sports such as kickball and tetherball have been banned at some elementary schools, and now this: the Manhattan Youth Soccer Club has banned high-fives and fist bumps. Such overt displays of team spirit are no more because of a panic over the flu bug that’s sweeping much of the nation.

The club sent an email to parents recently warning that “the safest thing to do is to touch elbows.”

“It shows that [the club] is on top of what is going on with the flu outbreak, and they have come up with a great solution that shows good sportsmanship while also reducing the chance of transferring the flu,” said Andy Stenzler, whose 10-year-old daughter plays with the club.

Team camaraderie is so unhygienic.

So now I’m waiting for that moment when Tom Brady and Wes Welker gently touch elbows after a fourth-quarter touchdown pass. Should be magical.

  1. skids003 - Jan 16, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    Of course, it’s in New York. Did Bloomberg give them this idea?