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    Re: Sportsmanship

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
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    The original question was about a youth sports team, not the NFL.
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    Re: Sportsmanship

    Quote Originally Posted by Harshaw View Post
    A mercy rule is a different thing, though. It just stops the game. This is about continuing the game and purposely holding back for the remainder of the game.
    Then in regards to youth. Yes. For kids 12 and under, I think a coach that is intentionally trying to run up the score is extremely bad sportsmanship and is not teaching his kids anything other than how to beat up on another team that they completely outclass, a lesson that will be of little use once they get into more advanced stages of sports and may over inflate their ego causing them not to get to said stages.

    I played a good bit of youth spots and can't think of a single team sport where there wasn't 2nd stringers on the bench that would love to go in and play against a team and actually get significant minutes. There's absolutely no excuse for a youth coach keeping his 1st stringers in specifically to just run the score up against a bad team instead of putting his 2nd stringers in and letting them play.

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    Re: Sportsmanship

    Quote Originally Posted by Goobieman View Post
    Because of someting that happend over the weekend...

    Assume that a youth sports team so completely outclasses its opposet that it can score at will, and while doing so, completely shut its opponent out..

    Is it good or poor sportsmanship for the superior team to hold back and not run up the score?

    Please 'splain your answer.
    When there is such an obvious mismatch, it's time to put in the 3rd and 4th string players and let them get some field time.

    The score is irrelevant. Sports aren't about salving the egos of the delicate little flowers who lose the game. I don't know when the self-esteem movement infected sports, but it's bogus. IF you lose by a significant margin, a good coach knows to use that humiliating defeat to spur his players to practice harder and play better.
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    Re: Sportsmanship

    Quote Originally Posted by Zyphlin View Post
    Then in regards to youth. Yes. For kids 12 and under, I think a coach that is intentionally trying to run up the score is extremely bad sportsmanship and is not teaching his kids anything other than how to beat up on another team that they completely outclass, a lesson that will be of little use once they get into more advanced stages of sports and may over inflate their ego causing them not to get to said stages.

    I played a good bit of youth spots and can't think of a single team sport where there wasn't 2nd stringers on the bench that would love to go in and play against a team and actually get significant minutes. There's absolutely no excuse for a youth coach keeping his 1st stringers in specifically to just run the score up against a bad team instead of putting his 2nd stringers in and letting them play.
    I've got no problem with that -- I'd just have a problem with a coach telling his players NOT to play the best they can.
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    Re: Sportsmanship

    Am I the only person who is disappointed that this thread isn't about Serena Prima Donna Williams?

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    Re: Sportsmanship

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    Am I the only person who is disappointed that this thread isn't about Serena Prima Donna Williams?
    What problem do you have with her?


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    Re: Sportsmanship

    Quote Originally Posted by OxymoronP View Post
    What problem do you have with her?
    Did you see her temper tantrum this weekend about the foot foul, wherein she threatened to KILL the line judge? I mean, seriously, you're going to KILL the line judge because she gave you a foul? Nice sportsmanship.

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    Re: Sportsmanship

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    Did you see her temper tantrum this weekend about the foot foul, wherein she threatened to KILL the line judge? I mean, seriously, you're going to KILL the line judge because she gave you a foul? Nice sportsmanship.
    Obiously not, but she was having a bad day and her competitive juices got the better of her. Yet the fact remains that she doesnt act like that usually so why should we discuss this in terms of a general direction of sports?


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    Re: Sportsmanship

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    Did you see her temper tantrum this weekend about the foot foul, wherein she threatened to KILL the line judge? I mean, seriously, you're going to KILL the line judge because she gave you a foul? Nice sportsmanship.
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    Re: Sportsmanship

    I don't think she threatened to "kill" the line judge, but she did make very threatening gestures. She deserves to be suspended from the game.
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