Sportsmanship - and the Right Score, Please
Coaches tell me they are worried about the esteem of players who may be offended by seeing their teams get routed in a game. They’re also concerned about the optics of seeing a high school result, shall I say a blowout, not looking good for the image of the team or the school.
Maybe that should be running through their mind as they watch players dominate and pile up points?
Schools still allow for lopsided scores, post it on their own school and athletic association websites, but there is this also a hush about telling anyone else.
Here are some scores that I really do wonder about and how, when education and sportsmanship are so important and repeatedly communicated to every school by athletic associations, coaches still allow the final results to be, I think, just a bit too much.
In rugby, Senator O'Connor beats St. Basil 61-3 in a senior boys' game in the Toronto District Colleges Athletic Association TDCAA league. Some will debate that this score is acceptable. How about Forest Hill crushing York Mills 104-0 in one of the most lopsided scores in Toronto in years? If you don't believe the score, check the Toronto District School Board website.
In Peel, a fair chunk of scores have stopped at 50-0 – like Streetsville over Stephen Lewis. But that wasn’t the score on the field.
I find it interesting that the Region of Peel Secondary School Athletic Association now has a Fifty Point Rule. It’s in their playing regulations on rugby, one line under Section 7H. I am told that coaches wanted the rule but scores, regardless of a Tier system in place, still allow teams to beat others by more than 50 points.
What the Peel rule means is that once a score gets out of hand, it will still get recorded as a 50-point win. So, doesn't matter if a girls' or boy's rugby team beats another school by a ridiculous score - it's officially noted as a maximum 50-point margin. I assume this is a version of the Mercy Rule.
My thoughts on this are straightforward. I would prefer that coaches become creative and find a way of keeping the scores more reasonable and make the school game more educational. I am not so sure I like reporting a game score that is not really the one that happened on the field.