The latest "everybody wins!" sporting rule isn't scoring high with parents ... or kids.
Imagine this: Your kid is playing in a soccer league, and his team just scored their fifth goal -- putting them five goals ahead of their competition. Smells like victory, right? Not so fast. In a new rule enacted by a Canadian youth soccer league, if your kid's team makes another goal, THEY LOSE.
It's true: Reps from the youth league in Ottawa say the five-goals-ahead limit is intended to prevent blowout victories. (Other measures include asking stronger players to kick with the weaker foot.) WTH?!
Kevin Cappon, 17, says the rules are "just dumb." In a game last month, when Cappon's team had scored their "allowed maximum" of five goals more than their opponents, the players just kicked the ball around aimlessly for the rest of the game so they wouldn't lose. (Yep, that sounds kind of dumb.) Cappon's father sides with his son, saying that the new rules will render kids unable "to deal with the competition out there."
But league director Sean Cale defends the new rules, saying the league is only trying to make the game fair.
What do you think? Is this rule good for team morale ... or does it unnecessarily shield kids from the agony of defeat?