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Mercy rule for Football


RE: Mercy rule for Football

No its about allowing the kids that bust their tails all off season in the weight room and in the heat of the summer that don't get a chance to play every week their time playing under the lights. We as coaches already take care of pulling the dogs off when things get out of control. The last this world needs are more regulations!

RE: Mercy rule for Football

Coachp78

I agree 100 percent. I attended some games last year that qualified for the mercy rule but starters were pulled, the losing team fought hard to score and in some cases scored 3 TDs to make the score more respectable. A moving clock will only accentuate the lopsided score by allowing the losing team less time to score. In a blowout game the winning team is usually running the ball only at the end while the losing team is opening up the play book because they have nothing to lose.

RE: Mercy rule for Football

A running clock does not make a lopsided score worse. It is the total opposite. Those teams that are bent on making a comback when down 50 at half almost always end up making the score worse unless the winning team decides to put the 3rd string in, and even then it usually continues to get worse.

To an earlier poster, injury is not part of the discussion. If that were a driving force for the mercy rule, we would not be playing football at all.

RE: Mercy rule for Football

Kmag, there is a good chance those games you saw actually had a running clock. Most people don't even notice unless they are looking for it.

RE: Mercy rule for Football

They didn't......I notice that stuff. The games I am referring to my team was ahead so if they went to a running clock it would have been okay with me. It does get boring as a fan to see the clock being stopped on incomplete passes, receiver stepping out of bounds and time outs when the game is effectively over. My opinion on this issue is based on kids getting a chance to play who normally dont and the Coaches being able to see how kids react in game situations, as well as trying risky plays. Whether I am bored or not shouldn't be the issue.
I never leave until the game is over despite the Score and I have seen Parents thrilled to see their kids on the field even though they clearly didn't know what they were doing or where they were supposed to line up. " that's my boy running the wrong way....look how fast he is!!!!" A running clock will definitely shorten the number of snaps the reserves get!!!

RE: Mercy rule for Football

If both teams were running the ball as they should, it doesn't lessen the snaps much.

No one is stopping a coach from putting his backups in when he is down 32. No one is telling the winning side to keep the starters in when up 30 points. There really isn't much argument here.

RE: Mercy rule for Football

At best this is an unnecessary rule........sometimes teams get a large lead because of turnovers and that could switch in the second half. You turn the ball over four or 5 times in a half you could easily get down by 42. I recall a Rose Bowl game between Iowa and number one ranked Washington Huskies. The first half would have qualified for the mercy rule but the game ended in a 55 to 47 loss for Iowa and they almost recovered an onside kick after their last score......so who knows. For a time I thought Iowa was going to make a remarkable comeback.
If Middle Creek were down by 42 in the first half would I be convinced the game was over?? No!!! I have seen them score a number of TDs in a minute or less and when a pass falls incomplete it doesn't hurt MC because it stops the clock. MC is the type of team that could pass every down the entire season and have a successful season. Southern Durham is another team that I think could do the same.

RE: Mercy rule for Football

My view is at worst it is an unnecessary rule.

RE: Mercy rule for Football

Does anyone know what is the largest comeback in NC HS history?

RE: Mercy rule for Football

If we believe that athletics teaches life lessons to kids, then the mercy rule is a clear antithesis of that. There is no mercy rule for life...no "easy button."

Things happen that you can't control. No matter how hard we prepare, things don't go our way and sometimes things end badly. How are kids going to learn how to deal with it if we keep trying to protect them from it. Character isn't built when you are ahead by 50, it is built when you are behind by 50 and you keep working and find a way to fight back.

We baby our kids too much and then we wonder why they are the way they are (poor work ethic, lazy, complainers). Shame on us. Like Bernie Mack said "we are the punk a_ _ parents." Afraid to let our babies get hurt or feel bad. It is a shame.

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