Andrew asked in SportsBasketball · 9 months ago

Why is a team winning by a wide margin in high school sports looked down upon?

I see stories every now and then for a high school team being shamed for positively dominating another team; maybe winning by something like 100 to 0 in a Basketball game or something like that. Often the team will have to apologize for winning so hard, and the coach may even be called upon to step down.

Why? Shouldn't people be more upset with the losing team for being so awful?

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  • DEBS
    Lv 7
    9 months ago
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    Not all high schools are at the same level due mainly to the size of the school. When you hear of these things, it's usually a school with 3000+ students who goes and plays a small private school of a few hundred. The fact the better school even wanted to play the game is a sad indication of the motives of the coach as it does nothing for either team. It would be like putting the Warriors against a D2 college team and then getting excited when the Warriors win by 200.

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  • DIEGO.
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    this is a nice question!

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  • Bob
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    Much of it comes down to what I call 'sour grapes".

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  • 9 months ago

    Depends on if the winning team was blatantly running up the score. Bad sportsmanship.

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  • 9 months ago

    It's about sportsmanship. By all means win, but always let your opponent lose with some honour. It's about integrity as much as winning.

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  • 9 months ago

    As Choko stated, it's regarded as a matter of sportsmanship. If your team is positively dominating, then a responsible coach will often bring their first-string players to the bench to allow then to rest while second and third stringers who normally see little action can have some play time.

    But all of this is not to say that a team should ever be called upon to intentionally play poorly to give the other team a shot. If a team's third-string is in there, tearing up the other team's headliners, then something is very, very wrong and the losing school should probably consider firing their coach.

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  • 9 months ago

    It's about sportsmanship and it's not just in high school sports. When a team is clearly dominating their opponents and can clearly win a game without having to work at it, it's considered bad sportsmanship and poor taste to overdo it and rub it in the other team's face. It shows bad coaching, and a bad attitude on the part of the team.

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  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    Bunch of Liberal whiners do that.

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