Clemson just beat Wake Forest in baseball by the mercy rule. The mercy rule? In college baseball? Seriously?
I think it's just a league tournament rule used so teams can save their pitchers.
I understand the theory behind the Mercy rule. And I'm even glad it was used since it saved Clemson several innings of pitchers but still, come on, they are in college- play a full damn game.
I'm a firm believer that if one team can do something the first half, the opposing team "can" do the same thing in the second half. It may not apply to baseball as much as basketball or football. For example, when the Eagles are winning by 21 at halftime, I don't get hyped because I know in the crazy world of sports, the Bucs can come right back and outscored them by 21 in the second half. I've been part of some great comebacks and also played on teams when we've crumbled after a huge lead early. As far as the mercy rule in college goes...you've got to be kidding me. They are big boys, let them finish their game. Saving arms is for the weak...PITCH...PITCH until your arm is sore and bleeds.
On a somewhat related note, The football committee of the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference, which governs high school sports, is adopting a "score management" policy that will suspend coaches whose teams win by more than 50 points.
Running up the score is a completely different subject. I coached a YMCA bball team this winter and there were only 4 teams. My team was either the best or second best. When we were spanking the team with kids who couldn't make a layup with no one around them, it was hard to coach my kids on not running up the score. I saw it as embarassing to the other team, but my kids saw it as an opportunity to have career high games. I think 50 points is fair in football, but its a constant struggle between wanting to win and wanting to be a good sport. How can you teach kids or students to not play just because they are winning? Do you tell them to stop getting yards or making shots? It's hard.
RE: Running up the score.
That's easy. You put in the scrubs, you don't run any trick plays and if they still destroy the other team such is life.
It's really only a matter of when you pull the starters and that just depends on score and sport.
Now if you are one of those leagues where everyone is required to play 'x' number of minutes then your hands are tied and just don't run any trick plays.
If it is a basketball team set some stupid rule like 4 passes before you are allowed to shoot etc.
You can set all the rules you want, that doesn't mean kids still won't shoot because they want to score. This league did have a rule about everyone playing equal time. The all kids played six 4 minute quarters. There were eight quarters in the game. It actually worked out well, no one could ever complain about playing time. As far as putting in the scrubs...when you only have 7 or 8 kids on the team, there is always going to be one or decent kids on the floor. Every team even a girl on their team.
When you say that's life...it's hard for an 8 year old to accept that after they've lost every game in the season and didn't score a single point. I question why they play in the first place, but I guess I'd rather see them try then play X-Box their whole childhood.
Eight "quarters" in a game, eh?
They were short quarters and it was designed so every kid could play the same amount.
At a young age, it is all about teaching how to play the game and being a good teammate. Once you get to high school and then college, the people who have no business out there playing need to be humiliated into not playing any more; therefore running up the school is acceptable. Beating the tar out of a team or having the tar beat out of you will teach you something, you just have to be old enough to understand what you can learn from a good old fashion ass whipping.
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