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Thread: Sportsmanship

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    Re: Sportsmanship

    Poor, it's like me with Billiards, i've been playing for 20 years, so I may make my game harder or give weight to an opponent, but won't hold back past that, they don't see what's possible and don't learn that a humiliating ass whipping hurts for a while, but you can make sure it doesn't happen again with a little discipline, focus, and tons of practice. it's condescending IMO to show mercy needlessly. Now, if you are running up the score and throwing it in your opponents face just to show them up, totally different story.
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    Re: Sportsmanship

    It's a lesson to be learned at any age.

    If you want a very young age group just to learn the game, then simply don't keep score at all. But if you do keep score, then teach the right lessons.
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    Re: Sportsmanship

    The point of playing a competitive sport is to win and the best team with the best players should most certainly do that. There's no point in playing to make the other side feel good about themselves. That said, it would be poor sportsmanship to rub the crushing loss in to the losing team, but seriously, how would you feel if you knew you were completely outmatched, got horribly beaten and found out the other team was still taking it easy on you? You'd feel even worse!
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    Re: Sportsmanship

    Dependent on the situation. In sports like baseball and basketball when a team gets ahead by enough they put in their bench players to get them experience. This has the effect of not humiliating the other team to badly. In other sports, especially teams that don't have plenty of bench players, it's not an option and to tell kids people to play less their than best is a horrible thing to teach.
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    Re: Sportsmanship

    I say that purposely running up the score is poor sportmanship. For example, you are up by 35 in the fourth quarter of a football game and you call deep passing plays on first and second down... That's just being a douche.

    But if you are running the ball in an attempt to run out the clock and the runningback breaks one for a long gain, so be it. It happens.

    I think that purposely running up the score teaches kids all the wrong things about sports. The object is to win the game, not accumulate statistics. Running up the score just accumulates statistics and adds to teh me first mentaility in sports we see so prevalently today.
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    Re: Sportsmanship

    I missvoted. Intentionally running up the score in a youth league is just being dicks. By the time you are in college, it's not such a big deal, but for kids, it serves no purpose, and just kills the fun the other team might have.

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    Re: Sportsmanship

    Quote Originally Posted by OxymoronP View Post
    Poor Sportsmanship, you play to the best of yout ability taking it easy isnt doing favours to anyone. The opposition doesnt learn its lesson, and your players develop bad habits.
    Kids in a youth sports league need to "learn their lesson" by getting completely owned in a game? Geez, I'm glad none of my coaches were ever that competitive when I was a kid. I probably would've stopped playing baseball/soccer after one season (or less) if they were.
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    Re: Sportsmanship

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    Kids in a youth sports league need to "learn their lesson" by getting completely owned in a game? Geez, I'm glad none of my coaches were ever that competitive when I was a kid. I probably would've stopped playing baseball/soccer after one season (or less) if they were.


    Perhaps you should have quit, since you dont understand basica concepts of competition.


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    Re: Sportsmanship

    Quote Originally Posted by OxymoronP View Post
    Poor Sportsmanship, you play to the best of yout ability taking it easy isnt doing favours to anyone. The opposition doesnt learn its lesson, and your players develop bad habits.
    yes, the bad habit your players develop is poor sportsmanship

    wonder where all the misguided punks in the pros acquired their attitude ... you have given us the answer

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    Re: Sportsmanship

    Quote Originally Posted by justabubba View Post
    yes, the bad habit your players develop is poor sportsmanship

    wonder where all the misguided punks in the pros acquired their attitude ... you have given us the answer
    touched a raw nerve?


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