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Mercy rule for Football


RE: Mercy rule for Football

Coachp78-

I think you are missing the point and its probably because I did a poor job explaining it. Coach Lucas did exactly the right thing as did the players for Wake Forest. They continued to play hard until the whistle blew regardless of the score. However- so did the Mallard Creek coaching staff and kids including the 3rd and 4th string kids, but because you are a relatively new poster you probably don't recall the 3-4 pages of hysterical fans posting on this board about Mallard Creek's " Classless behavior" or " Terrible sportsmanship" because they dared throw the football and play hard when they were up 5 TD's.

I am fine with the mercy rule and I think it serves its purpose. I was just laughing because its EXACTLY what some posters where hoping for in the title game which is clearly not going to happen. Now at least the " We quit" option is available for the Eastern 4AA teams.

RE: Mercy rule for Football

They should also give the coaches the option not to follow this rule, some teams are use to loosing by a large matgin and they would like to finish the game just lile any normal team.it's more embarrassing to loose because of the mercy rule then to loose 50-14.

RE: Mercy rule for Football

Or they could turn off the score board but keep the game clock rolling. That would probably teache a better lesson then quiting after 42 points.

RE: Mercy rule for Football

Just a completely bad decision....the NCHSAA should put more thought into who they have officiating games, than worrying about hurting someones feelings if they are getting blown out.....

The "common sense" motion mentioned by coachp78 should take care of this issue

RE: Mercy rule for Football

Band Parents would be going crazy if the game ended at half.lol I joke but seriously they would.

RE: Mercy rule for Football

I have read all of the responses and I certainly respect everyones point of view, however, is continuing a game that is clearly over worth the risk of injury of a player? I know, injuries happen all the time. I wonder how you would feel if your kid had their knee blown out when the score was 50-3 in the 4th. Or if your kid got a severe concussion when the game was way out of hand. Football is different than basketball or other sports where there isn't as much contact. Remember, the objective is to win the game not "beat" the other team.

RE: Mercy rule for Football

here is what you will see....you will see a ton of first half onside kicks.The "better" team will get the ball over and over and force the decision to be made.Teams will put that magic 42 as their watermark. You will see 2nd and 3rd string players pretty much disappear (which is unfortunate). You will see unsportsmanlike penalties in the second half go way up from the losing side. Can you imagine being on the losing side and KNOW whatever you do, whatever play is called there is no way to stop the clock. Kids are gonna have this "what does it matter now" attitude. But here is the flip side...WHAT IF a team comes back to tie it mid way through the 4th thats been running on a quick clock?? What then?? When I coached, you could beat me 100-0 but I would never just simply "give up" on behalf of my kids that have beat their brains in all week in preparation. Say what you want, but I cannot imagine a coach that would do that and if he does...i hope they are prepared to hear about it.

RE: Mercy rule for Football

Dislike the rule...at the very least, leave it up to the participating coaches to decide.

RE: Mercy rule for Football

Mercy rule shouldn't even be an option until at least the beginning of the 4th quarter.....

If team A can score get up by 42 at the half... Team B can do the same after the half.. in theory

RE: Mercy rule for Football

Patriot50- Your wrong Nyheim Hines never played in the 4th quarter in a game they won, expect Jack Britt which went down to the wire. So besides them using his picture he has nothing to do with this rule. The kid is just that good!

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