I suspect that college coaches everywhere are wondering just how far in advance you can start buttering up potential recruits. There are limits to how much contact you can have with high school recruits, but what about elementary school ones?

More seriously, it’s an interesting story. Commentary for some on how cushy-cushy our society has become. This is actually not the most simple of cases, though. If you instituted a mercy rule, the kids’ games might be over in a quarter or two. And at that level, playing to play is one of the things that ought to matter. That’s made less fair when a team has such an extraordinary advantage.

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3 Responses to Touchdown Ban

  1. Mike Hunt says:

    how cushy-cushy our society has become

    Let me be one to stand up for a cushy-cushy society. I think people just use this as an excuse when they want to be a prick. It is the refrain of overbearing parents as well, and heaven knows we need fewer of those running around.

    I also have no problems with everyone getting a trophy at the end of the season either. After all, if you have a bad day at work, your boss doesn’t dock your pay. If a kid meets all the requirements of the trophy, he should get it.

  2. Mike Hunt says:

    Also, in a blowout situation, a classy coach lets his scrubs get some playing time. Not only does it make your benchwarmers happy to get some playing time, it protects your stars from injury. As kids gets older, they may target your star players for injury if they feel they are being run up on.

  3. trumwill says:

    I quite agree… up to a point. But what happens when you are blowing them out in the first quarter? Do you just let the kid play a half of a quarter? It’s the same thing with mercy rules. Do you end the game in the first quarter over and over again because a team is that good?

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