Crushing Defeats… What Purpose Do They Serve?

I’m not a big believer in having two people get in a fight… when you know one person is just gonna kill the other person.

A few high school girls basketball games have been really ugly and I think we need to put more emphasis on balancing out the leagues then allowing certain teams to get crushed.

ESPN Sports Announcer Josh Pacheco just tweeted these two scores from a couple of tonights games:

BIIF Girls Basketball: #2 Waiakea 75 – Pahoa 14 (Final)
BIIF Girls Hoops: #1 Konawaena 70 – Kealakehe 8 (Final)

And on Wednesday we had this score:

BIIF Girls Basketball: #2 Waiakea 73 – St. Joseph 15 (Final)
BIIF Girls Basketball: #2 Waiakea 30 – St. Joseph 0 (End 1st)

So I have to ask… what purpose do these blowouts serve for either teams?

2 Responses

  1. BIIF’s Mercy Rule goes as follows:

    Starting in the 2nd Half, when a team is up by 35 points, the clock will run without stopping, except for timeouts or the end of a quarter.

    In age group play in the past, the defense was told to play inside of the 3-point line. Coming out of that was a Technical Foul.

    And give the teams like SJS and Kealakehe credit. They still work hard, and the coaches encourage them to smile and have fun and don’t quit (and they don’t).

    Honestly, I’m not sure that there is a better way to handle it.

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