What do you think? Are mercy rules good or bad? Are these punishments too strict?
I couldn't get the video to play so I looked up an article.
From what I gather (and from what little I know of football) this seems stupid. So, the team can't score more than 35 points higher than the other team? That's insane.
These no score/tried to prevent scores is really hurting this generation. Healthy competition is necessary.
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Our high school football team used to always win with scores like 97 to 0. I remember at the time people being mad at the coach for it. Other teams though like track or wrestling always lost by a lot. It is hard to loose by such an overwhelming amount, but I do think it teaches valuable life lessons to deal with failure.
I think some social pressure on the coaches to not be asses would be better than hard line rules. Just like in the video....instead of sending in the second string...they just try to manipulate how close they get to the mercy rule cut offs.
If you dont' teach coaches to be classier...they are still going to act stupid, mercy rule or no mercy rule.
In our recreational soccer league, if a team gets ahead by four points, you have to take your strongest player off the field, and if you get ahead by six points, you lose your goalie. I think that's a much better system. Both teams are still playing as well as they can, but the stronger team gets handicapped a bit to keep it interesting & challenging for the players who remain. At the competitive level I'm not sure if teams lose a player at any point, but no matter how many points a team is ahead, only four points difference can count for standings. I like that better, too. Basically I think I like anything except what it sounds like this league in Sacramento is doing!
I found a print article:
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Not a fan of Mercy rules, I have been on both sides of them when I was playing softball. On both sides the teams knew the score would have been much worse if we were allowed to play the way we were able to
Molly, Morgan, Mia and Carson
I can see mercy rules when the kids are really young, and just learning the game - whatever it might be. But I remember a couple of games when the boys played basketball where my kids were on the losing side of the mercy rule...it was actually very defeating for them to know they were ending an inning because too many runs were scored by the other team.
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I like the mercy rule. I played softball for 2 years (5th & 6th grade). The first year we were really bad; like last place bad. Many games that year were called on account of the mercy rule. The second year we came in first place. I can honestly say I had just as much fun being on the losing team as I did the winning team. There's just no point in continuing a game inning after inning to see how many you can win/lose by. Maybe that's just the nature of the game? In major league baseball the home team doesn't take its last at bat if they've already won. If it's rained out after 5 innings, it can be deemed an official game.
The coach and players make a good point as to how this has changed the gameplay. The coach will be suspended from the following week's game and they can be fined $200. The intent of the mercy rule is that those who lose by too many points will lose interest in the game. Yeah...I can see that to a point. But at the same time, what about a team that can't play to its full potential? If they are in the same league, they should be fairly balanced teams. No team should be winning by 35 points week after week after week. Talent should be spread around.
I don't see how losing every game with an enforcing of a mercy rule is really that less defeating than losing it by even more. Both are an indicator that you lost by 'a ton'...kids aren't stupid, especially as they get older. I mean really...kids who lose by 40 or 90 points in football every game feel defeated and lose interest, but kids who know darn well that a mercy rule was in place and went into effect every game they play don't feel that way? I find that really hard to believe.
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