http://www.foxnews.com/world/2010/06/04 … lose-game/
Canadian Youth Soccer League has instituted a new rule where by if you score more than 5 points over your opponent, you automatically are declared the loser. Do you think this is fair? Do you think it's an effective way to teach sportsmanship?
Not at all...all I can see that it effectively teaches is not to do your best. If you get to that five points above your opponent then what is your team supposed to do? Stop trying so hard, let the other team catch up, then get back to playing your best. This seems like it could also be disheartening for the losing team because they know when it gets to that point that they're no longer scoring points by their own skills, but because the other team has graciously allowed you to score so they don't get too far ahead. I know people who will do this with toddlers so they don't get discouraged, but it doesn't seem like an effective answer in the world of sports. Sportsmanship is about playing fairly, doing your best, being honestly happy for your opponent and respectful of their skills when they win, and being gracious toward your opponent either winning or losing.
That makes no sense. The only way to respect your opponent is to give it all you got. If that means giving/taking a 9-0 trashing so be it. If you let them catch up or stop trying your best, it's even more of an insult to your opponent.
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