This is ridiculous. For one, it is dishonest to penalize a team because its members trained harder and performed much better than the other one. Also, such a rule discourages a team from giving their best performance, which should be what sports is about. Our society seems intent on cuddling our kids and shielding them from losing in sports/failing in school and its sad. Failure is a very important part of life and learning how to deal with it in a positive way is critical for success in adulthood.
Bruce Cappon refers to the organized sport his son plays as "farceball."
His 17-year-old son Kevin has been playing recreational house soccer in the Gloucester Dragons league for five years. Last year the league results weren’t 100% accurate, Bruce said, because a win was never written-up as more than a five-point differential, no matter what the score.
"We had a mercy rule, they’d stop counting," Kevin said. "But what they’re doing this year is ridiculous."
What they’re doing is taking the mercy-scoring up a notch. Any team that wins by more than a five-point differential, loses.
According to Kevin, he found this out during a game last week.
"I was out on the field and had just scored the last allowable goal," Kevin said. "The ref told me not to score any more or we’d lose and when the ref tells you something, you go with it."
He said, after the caution, he and his teammates kicked the ball around for 20 minutes, being careful not to score and not to let the opposing team get it.