Last year I was riding on the side at the end of the day when this little girl (7 or 8 yrs old) dressed in all pink came flying out of the woods directly in my line. There was nowhere to go. All I had time to think of was "I can't kill a kid"...so I threw myself backward, hit my head on the ice and got knocked out. She was by herself and when the guy who was with her finally got there he called ski patrol. They asked me what I remembered and all I could say was "pink". I ended up in the hospital with a concussion. I didn't even knock her down. While I'm glad she didn't get hurt...it's not ok to let these kids run wild on their own without control or knowing the rules. And after the $100's and pain it caused me...don't know if I'd be that likely to take the hit next time.