The Mercy Rule

Recreation professionals have dealt with this issue for years, and parents of young athletes have been in programs both in favor as well as opposed to the rule.

It’s a tough call, indeed.

Fred Engh is founder and CEO of the National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) in West Palm Beach, Fla., which has been advocating positive and safe sports for children since 1981. He is also the author of Why Johnny Hates Sports, which is available on He can be reached via e-mail at

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