This may be about the dumbest thing that I have read in a long time.
An Ottawa children’s soccer league has introduced a rule that says any team that wins a game by more than five points will lose by default. In the name of making things 'fair' they are going to actually make the kids on the weaker teams more embarrassed by forcing other teams to pity them by holding back and not try their hardest.
In other words, treat the lesser team as if they are not even worthy of your best efforts.
WTG Gloucester Dragons Recreational Soccer league. This will sure raise the self esteem of all the players involved.
How humiliating; for both sides.
h/t The National Post.
Updated: My wife had a very interesting comment on this. If a team is down a couple of goals they now could try to lose on purpose and get the win. Example: Down 4 goals with seconds remaining, just pop one into your own net and win the game!
Have this happen a couple of times and you can bet this goofy rule would be changed.
Update June 11, 2010. Common sense wins out! They have now dropped this silly rule change in exchange for calling the game if the score gets too lopsided but allowing teams to continue to play if they desire.