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Should Blowouts Be Allowed in Youth Sports?

By Jeremy Engle, The New York Times, 11/07/19, 8:15PM CST


Are widely lopsided scores unsportsmanlike? Weigh in on these scenarios below.

The high school basketball score is 97-27, the losing side is exhausted and demoralized, and the winning coach still has all the starters in — shooting threes.

It’s only nine minutes into a youth soccer match but one team is up 13-0 — the losing team can’t even get the ball past midfield.

It’s 58-3 in the fourth quarter of a flag football game and the winning team is still designing trick plays to run up the score.