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Thread: Sportsmanship

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    Sportsmanship

    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.
    Last edited by Goobieman; 09-14-09 at 12:19 PM.

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    Re: Sportsmanship

    When I was in youthe leagues we would not run up the score needlessly.

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    Re: Sportsmanship

    Typically there is some form of mercy rule. It's hard to say, I guess it depends on age bracket, the actual events and such. But for the basis I would say no, it doesn't mean they can't act in a way during the running up of a score which is bad sportsmanship; but if you're the better team than that's just it. You know, sometimes Cutler throws beautiful passes for a huge scoring game, sometimes he hucks out 4 interceptions. Just the game.
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    Re: Sportsmanship

    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.
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    Re: Sportsmanship

    If you're playing to the best of your ability, and you run up the score without being a jerk about it, then that's the essence of sportsmanship.
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    Re: Sportsmanship

    as a sports official i see this situation all the time
    it's the difference between class and low class

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    Re: Sportsmanship

    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.


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    Re: Sportsmanship

    These are kids in YMCA programs not professional athletes.

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    Re: Sportsmanship

    Quote Originally Posted by winston53660 View Post
    These are kids in YMCA programs not professional athletes.
    Your point being?


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    Re: Sportsmanship

    I don't think "do your best -- unless it makes someone feel bad" is particularly good lesson.

    Unfortunately, it does have an annoyingly large currency these days.

    If you're not a jerk about it, then you have nothing to apologize for. If you're better, you're better.
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