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    Re: Sportsmanship

    Quote Originally Posted by OxymoronP View Post
    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?
    Seriously? You're going to excuse her conduct because she doesn't NORMALLY threaten the judges? Please. She's lucky if they don't exclude her from future grand slam events.

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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.
    Well, it depends. You really didnt give any real details to the game your talking about.

    What were the ages? 4-10? 11-15? What?

    Depends on what sport it is. T-ball? Pitcher machine? football? We need more info to determine what your calling "running up the score" to come to a proper conclusion.

    I played baseball at every level, so I have a pretty good idea of what is running up the score in general, but I dont know if that fits into this.

    If it is early in the game, baseball I am talking, then there is no such thing as running up a score. If it is in the 7th, 8, or 9th inning? Then yeah, if your beating someone 10-0, you play base to base baseball. You take the next base if you have to, but nothing more. That pretty much goes for all age groups. Nobody should intentionally get out, b/c that is just as insulting as beating the crap out of someone.

    On a personal note, I have played against teams that have played bush league ball, and I have pegged people for doing so to send the message that it wont be tolerated. They were not necessarily running up the score, but doing things that werent kosher for the game. Like stealing a base in the top of the 9th inning, when up 5-1. Just stupid stat padding stuff like that. I put the next pitch in the hitter's ear hole, and their guy lucky to say, didnt steal anymore. Nor did I pitch anymore in that game...lol.

    Anyways, I think we need more info on your game.
    Last edited by TheHat; 09-14-09 at 05:54 PM.

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    Re: Sportsmanship

    Yeah, it depends on the sport.

    I think obviously most team sports like football, basketball, baseball, - the coach can call plays and put bench sitters in without running up the score needlessly.

    More individual sports like golf, tennis, track, etc; the player should always play his best.

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    Re: Sportsmanship

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    The original question was about a youth sports team, not the NFL.
    Doesn't matter, it's still a competitive sport. We're not talking about playground sports where winning or losing doesn't matter, we're talking about teams specifically created to play and win.

    Or do you think kids shouldn't be competitive?
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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.
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    Re: Sportsmanship

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    Doesn't matter, it's still a competitive sport. We're not talking about playground sports where winning or losing doesn't matter, we're talking about teams specifically created to play and win.

    Or do you think kids shouldn't be competitive?
    I think it's certainly an overrated trait in youth sports leagues, yes.
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    Re: Sportsmanship

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    I think it's certainly an overrated trait in youth sports leagues, yes.
    Competition is a necessary part of life and kids need to learn that. You're going to win some and you're going to lose some. Learning to accept that and learning to win with grace and loose with dignity are important life skills. As is the ability to shake off a set back or loss and keep on going.

    Of course it can be taken too far, usually by coaches/fathers who are reliving their own dreams of athletic glory through their kids. But overall I'd say competition and sports are good for kids. Too many kids today grew up playing games where "everyone is a winner" and they aren't prepared for the harsher realities of life.
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    Re: Sportsmanship

    Quote Originally Posted by Psychoclown View Post
    Competition is a necessary part of life and kids need to learn that. You're going to win some and you're going to lose some. Learning to accept that and learning to win with grace and loose with dignity are important life skills. As is the ability to shake off a set back or loss and keep on going.

    Of course it can be taken too far, usually by coaches/fathers who are reliving their own dreams of athletic glory through their kids. But overall I'd say competition and sports are good for kids. Too many kids today grew up playing games where "everyone is a winner" and they aren't prepared for the harsher realities of life.
    Sure, someone will win and someone will lose (or occasionally tie). But that is true of ANY sporting event, regardless of the level of competition. There's a big difference between trying to win, and trying to run up the score just because you can. I cringe when I see people in this thread making comments like "Competitive sports aren't about having fun, they're about winning" and "You should just quit if you can't compete on the same level as the others." That attitude drives a lot of kids away from sports. If I had had coaches like that when I was a kid, I probably never would have participated.
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    Re: Sportsmanship

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    Sure, someone will win and someone will lose (or occasionally tie). But that is true of ANY sporting event, regardless of the level of competition. There's a big difference between trying to win, and trying to run up the score just because you can. I cringe when I see people in this thread making comments like "Competitive sports aren't about having fun, they're about winning" and "You should just quit if you can't compete on the same level as the others." That attitude drives a lot of kids away from sports. If I had had coaches like that when I was a kid, I probably never would have participated.
    Oh, I agree that running up the score against obviously inferior competiton is wrong and not at all good sportsmanship. No team should showboat or play ultra aggressive in a blow out, but the winning team should play as hard as they can. I'd be as offended by easing up on my team as I would be by the most blatant showboating. Again, good coaches use blowouts to put their second stringers in and those kids should be able to take advantage of the extra playing time and be able to give it their all.

    I can think of instance though where I did run up the score. I was leading a softball team and the opposing team talked all kinds of trash before the game. Not good natured stuff, but real rude personal and condescending stuff. Unfortunately for them they couldn't back it up, and I made sure my whole team didn't let up one bit. Once we got a big lead, we ran the bases with reckless abandon, taking an extra base every chance we had. We targeted their weak fielders without mercy. We won the game by like 25 or 30 runs, since the game had to go 5 innings before it could be called on slaughter rule. That's maybe the one situation where I could see running up the score being acceptable, but if the other team isn't just begging to be put in their place then no, its just not right.
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    Re: Sportsmanship

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    I voted poor sportsmanship. Sports teams are there to compete not give pity to the other team. If one team is much superior than the other then that superior team should score as many points as they can.
    Running up the score when it's obvious is not competing. That doesn't mean you have to stay within 5 points, but it does mean showing some class. It's a lot like everyone clapping when an injured player from the opposing team gets up and walks off the field.

    Not to mention we're talking youth sports here, not for money.
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