Have you heard of the so-called “mercy rule”?
It keeps youth game scores artificially low by preventing more powerful teams from winning by lopsided margins.
Squads in the Northern California Federation of Youth Football often ignored the mercy rule in years past and received only warnings after violations.
“We lose a lot of football players because their teams lose so badly,” Robert Rochin, deputy commissioner for the league, told KCRA-TV. “If they are constantly getting beat, who wants to play anymore? We lose kids all season long because of that.”