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Mercy rule for Football


RE: Mercy rule for Football

Is the only difference in the rule now compared to what is was is the mandated running clock? From what I understand, a running clock could be declined by a coach. Now, it is mandatory?

RE: Mercy rule for Football

A coaches objective is not to win the individual football game, their objective is to provide their players with the foundation and tools necessary to win in life off the field. This new rule prohibits the players to learn the life lessons that the game of football has the capability of teaching and does not allow for the coaching staff and players to take full advantage of each opportunity (good or bad) to learn and grow as football players, teammates, and young men. I hope there is some way to reverse this decision.

RE: Mercy rule for Football

The only change to the rule that is already in place is the option to stop the game early. I believe it was Mcdowell that declined the playoff invitation this year because they new they couldn't compete on the same field as mallard creek and were concerned for their kids safety. I think Mallard Creek plays one or two of these games a year where the clock keeps running in the second half and I am fine with that rule. Unfortunately not all schools are created the same and its not the 16 year old kids fault. I do think in certain situations there is a safety factor involved.

RE: Mercy rule for Football

Honestly, I don't like the idea of coaches deciding the game to be over on spot rather than running the clock. However, I can say this, as a member of baseball team that went 0-20 in 2011, that 3 or 5 innings mercy rule losses are much more embarrassing than it is to lose in 7 innings. I promise you that mercy rule will not take away the lessons of losing bad as long as you play it to the end by rules. I don't think coaches should decide to end the game on spot, but it won't take away too much of lessons because there's nothing worse in high school than the disappointment of coaches when you get mercy-ruled. Trust me. I've been there far too many times.

RE: Mercy rule for Football

Roadman- I would argue baseball is different due to some safety concerns. I have watched the 2's and 3's with mallard creek just simply destroy teams like Robinson who could barely field 22 kids. I worry in extreme cases like that when a 175lb kid has to play both ways against fresh kids who are clearly physically developed at a much higher level that you run the risk of permanent damage.

I think it needs to be used in extreme cases only, but yes I think there are times it is warranted.

RE: Mercy rule for Football

To clarify confusion from Cap8Fan... yes, the mercy rule running clock is now mandatory. Before, it could be agreed upon by coaches. Now it will tick no matter what.

RE: Mercy rule for Football

I agree ....if schools have the ability to forefit games I don't see the point of a mercy rule. If you know your school is on schedule to take a pounding and you want to avoid it just pay the money and forefit

RE: Mercy rule for Football

roadman112000- We were only freshmen and sophomores fielding a varsity team that year. Cleveland was getting better every year until this one. Even so, the JV team still did extremely well from what I've heard.

RE: Mercy rule for Football

This ending the game option is not new. Coaches always had that option. I can't say I've ever seen it due to score but it was always possible for the 2 head coaches to agree to end the game.

This rule is not a big deal. It is basically already that way now. The only reason a coach declines a running clock is because agreeing is agreeing to quit. But since it is now a rule, those coaches don't have a moral dilema. It's the rule and they accept it.

RE: Mercy rule for Football

so is that it? everyone is too worried about character and teaching kids not to give up to see the obvious risk of injury. these kids aren't 5, they're 15-18. we need to teach them that you won't win every game and that sometimes it's more important to cut your losses and come back stronger next week rather than kill yourself fighting a way out of hand battle

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