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Many of you have probably seen mercy rules in effect in youth baseball games. Has anyone seen the same rules in other youth sports such as basketball, soccer, football or lacrosse?

Mercy rules are more common in baseball where there is no game clock and games can go on and on. What happens in a basketball game if a team is leading by 75 points after three quarters or in a soccer game if a team is ahead by 10 goals at halftime? Should those games be stopped?


In amateur football if, for example, team A is ahead by 35 points – the clock will run and the losing team gets the ball back, if they score. I;m sure in basketball, the clock runs.

Comment by brooklynbraves on October 27, 2015

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