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    Re: Suffer not the children: HS Coach, Team accused of "bullying" after 91-0 rout

    was involved in a similar situation a few years back
    high school power house 4A fast pitch team blew out a much weaker team in its same division
    the coach was suspended for 'running up the score'
    but he didn't. the other team was simply awful. the pitcher could not find the plate. the girls had no defensive skills and no one taught them how to hit. their coach should have bee the one placed in time out
    the suspended coach had his players bunt instead of swing away. the defense could not field a bunt
    the winning team members did not take extra bases, as they normally would
    the defense could not catch a cold, and their throws were weak and off target
    the winning coach had his girls step off the bag before a pitch to give us umpires a reason to call them out, otherwise they would still be batting
    all of his reasonable efforts were documented, signed and forwarded by the game officials, yet the coach was still suspended
    he now coaches at a major college - quite successfully
    his former high school's team is now only ordinary

    in short, he was punished for being an exceptional coach
    i fear the same abuse of authority may happen in tejas
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    Re: Suffer not the children: HS Coach, Team accused of "bullying" after 91-0 rout

    Quote Originally Posted by DVSentinel View Post
    I cannot see it as bullying.

    If the coach left in his first string players, then he acted in an unsportsmanlike fashion. Sportsmanship should be part of the game, especially at HS level, if he acted in such a manor, remove him from the league. If he did not act in such a manor, then what else was he supposed to do? Have his players just quit playing?

    If both coaches agree, then the game can be ended according to the rules. But how many coaches even know this? Or officials at that level?
    Why would playing one's first-string players be considered unsportsman-like? Games are meant to be played to the best of your ability.
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    Re: Suffer not the children: HS Coach, Team accused of "bullying" after 91-0 rout

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    Why would playing one's first-string players be considered unsportsman-like? Games are meant to be played to the best of your ability.
    it's one of the nuances of sports; an unwritten rule, but a widely accepted understanding. once the win is assured, you try to play your second/third string to make the remainder of the game more equal and to give the scrubs a chance to get some game time experience
    when a coach does that, and does not take advantage of every opportunity to run up the score, then he is found to have been a 'good sport'
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    Re: Suffer not the children: HS Coach, Team accused of "bullying" after 91-0 rout

    Definitely not bullying.

    From the reports it sounds like the Coach did everything he reasonably could to not run up the score short of basically not playing....taking a knee every down, refusing to field punts, etc. Which, frankly, would be even more humilitating and upsetting to me as a player than losing by 90 and would be wrong to do to the kids on the winning team.

    Ridiculous this even got submitted. Typical namby parents who are probably WAY to wrapped up in their kids sporting events

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    Re: Suffer not the children: HS Coach, Team accused of "bullying" after 91-0 rout

    Quote Originally Posted by justabubba View Post
    it's one of the nuances of sports; an unwritten rule, but a widely accepted understanding. once the win is assured, you try to play your second/third string to make the remainder of the game more equal and to give the scrubs a chance to get some game time experience
    when a coach does that, and does not take advantage of every opportunity to run up the score, then he is found to have been a 'good sport'
    Thank you. I a pretty sure you answered that a lot better than I ever could.
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    Re: Suffer not the children: HS Coach, Team accused of "bullying" after 91-0 rout

    Quote Originally Posted by roughdraft274 View Post
    If the guy had left in the first string and was playing aggressive the whole game I'd say he was acting like a prick, I'm never a fan of running the score up like that. But since he seemed to do everything he could to limit the damage, I'd say tell the parent to grow a pair. It's just football.

    But regardless, filing a complaint on something like this is just stupid.
    exactly. I've been in that situation myself as a coach. We were so much better than the other team, there was nothing I could do short of telling my kids not to play to prevent a blowout. When you have every scrub on your team in the game and you are running the simplest plays you have and still scoring....wtf are you supposed to do?
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    Re: Suffer not the children: HS Coach, Team accused of "bullying" after 91-0 rout

    It seems to me that the best thing to do would be to teach the losing team how to get ready for a game and play football.

    Trying to hold back the winning team does not strike me as the most productive path.

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    Re: Suffer not the children: HS Coach, Team accused of "bullying" after 91-0 rout

    Quote Originally Posted by justabubba View Post
    it's one of the nuances of sports; an unwritten rule, but a widely accepted understanding. once the win is assured, you try to play your second/third string to make the remainder of the game more equal and to give the scrubs a chance to get some game time experience
    when a coach does that, and does not take advantage of every opportunity to run up the score, then he is found to have been a 'good sport'
    yep. as long as the coach ins't playing his starters, attempting on-side kicks, etc. I fail to see how this was unsportsmanlike.

    In my state, if at the beginning of the 4th quarter on team is ahead by 30+ points, there will be a running clock (the clock doesn't stop for any reason)

    For many teams, blowout games are the only chance that some players ever get to see game time.
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    Re: Suffer not the children: HS Coach, Team accused of "bullying" after 91-0 rout

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    Since the rules said the game could end, the officials should have suggested it. Sans that? Let 'em all get some practice. It's just a damned game, for heaven's sake. Bullying?? Really??

    Seems like "bullying" has joined the ranks of "racist" and "verbal abuse."
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    Re: Suffer not the children: HS Coach, Team accused of "bullying" after 91-0 rout

    I have a dream that one day all cry babies will grow a spine and shut up. If you don't want to get destroyed all you have to do is not suck. No team should be told to take it easy because the other team sucks.
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