The fun of Roller Derby for many of you is the ability to score points. Unfortunately, I truly believe it is what leads to what many consider bad sportsmanship.
You can say all you want that this is the way the game should be played; I don’t. The general rule in all athletics is not to humiliate the other team. You see it in football when coaches of teams that are far out in front have their players keep the ball on the ground and even purposely will simple take a knee when they get near the goal line to not pile on. And you see that strategy in men’s and women’s basketball, when there is no attempt to shoot a basket when they have huge leads.
I guess this is what I dislike most about the power jams; the continuous 5-point scoring against hapless opponents that have onlookers wondering where fair play has gone.
You can argue with me all you want that that is the nature of the sport; then I would say it shouldn’t be. This is not about fixing or controlling a game; it is simply showing you respect your opponent and will not humiliate them. I don’t care how much the losing team says they understand and go out and party afterwards.
Please think about it. You teach fair play to children; this aspect of Roller Derby adds nothing to the sport.
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