Protecting kids from excellence, part 6.022×1023
In yet another nod to the protection of fledgling self-esteem, an Ottawa children’s soccer league has introduced a rule that says any team that wins a game by more than five points will lose by default.
The Gloucester Dragons Recreational Soccer league’s newly implemented edict is intended to dissuade a runaway game in favour of sportsmanship. The rule replaces its five-point mercy regulation, whereby any points scored beyond a five-point differential would not be registered.
I predict that this rule’s life will be short. Even a six-year-old can figure out that if you’re down by five points, an own goal is an instant win, without even trying.
Just-a good ol’ boys, never meanin’ no harm
This pretty much speaks for itself.