I was pretty excited in February when I was asked to teach a group of 6-12 year old boys the fundamentals of disc golf. I started each lesson with two basic rules: Listen (follow directions) and be safe. They were rules one and one-a. I told the boys that if they were being unsafe they would lose their discs for at least 5 minutes. The first major safety rule was stay behind the first disc so you can't be hit.
Today on the course, one of the boys from the group spotted me and rode over to ask how I was playing. As we were talking about the day one of the guys in my playing group threw a blind shot out of the woods. The disc turned over early and hit another player in our group who had gone forward to find his disc. The disc caught him just above the left eye. I was impressed when the guy bounced right up and let everyone know he was okay, but I could see that his head was about to start bleeding. As the blood began to flow down his face and onto his shirt I took a moment to turn to the boy from my class and ask him if he remembered the first rule I taught him. He nodded and told me not to be in front of the person who was throwing.
I felt bad for the guy who got hit, but it was an awesome reinforcer for a very young new discer.