Monday, January 26, 2009

The 100-0 high school girls basketball debacle ...

I don't even really know where to begin with this. Having been, like most of us, on both sides of the ridiculous score coin and:

1) instructed my team to try and defend one blade of grass and measure our success by how long the interval between trys is, or how often they actually had to stiff arm one of us to get in the try zone


2) subbed every player and then instructed everyone to play with their shoes untied, out of position, using only one hand, and not score until 10 people had touched the ball

I'm exaggerating for effect, obviously, but I'm sure you get the point.

Anyway, in a nutshell, a high school girls basketball team in Texas, who in previous seasons had lost as badly as 86-6, beat another team 100 - 0.

The coach was accused of unsportsmanlike conduct for allowing his girls to run up the score, and was asked to issue an apology. He didn't. The school did. At issue is the contention from the losing team that he kept his starters in way too long. The coach in question says this is unrepresentative of the actual game and that he subbed very early. The coach of the winning team did write a rather compelling statement in support of his choices, his players, and the lessons learned along the way.

He got fired.



John Birch said...

What nonsense. I've was always brought up with the idea that you play your best team as otherwise its an insult to the opposition - even if they do beat you 100-0 at least you know where you stand. Next time your target would be to get the score closer.

How would losing 50-0 to their second team, or a team with players out of position or handicapped, be somehow better?

Its called a challenge. Its why small teams play big teams, so see how they compare. We lost about 60-0 the first time we played our nearest rivals. Last time we played it was about 10-5. Next time...?

OTOH I have heard this from North American sport before - maybe its "cultural"?

Josh Young said...

You only have to win by one point. To win by 100 is embarrassing. Sports should teach you about life - humility and honor, neither of which the previous responder or this coach in Texas apparently has.

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