The wussification of America would accelerate with a mercy rule, says Brandon Winters, a former Southport assistant coach.
The only reason to implement a mercy rule is to protect players from injury, he argues. But this rule has its critics.
Some coaches are opposed to its introduction because it enables players to be injured by a teammate.
That would be counterproductive. We must protect our players and not allow the wussification of America.
What Is The Mercy Rule in High School Football?
The 40-second play clock will be used throughout the game
The new 40-second play clock will start at the time the ball is brought down by a defender or the ball is knocked down on the turf. This gives the offense 40 seconds to either huddle or call a play.
The offense can also call multiple plays at one time. The new clock is expected to help the offense keep a consistent pace throughout the game. It will also help keep the game interesting.
A kickoff is kicked from the home team’s 40-yard line to the visiting team. The receiving team’s receiver signals for a fair catch at the 10-yard line and completes the catch.
The ball is then placed at the visitors’ 25-yard line. The game clock starts counting down at this point.
Once the kickoff is dead, the game clock begins counting down. When the play clock reaches 25 seconds, the clock is reset to 40 seconds.
High school football will begin using a 40-second play clock starting in the 2019 season.
The new rule was approved by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) rules committee at its January meeting.
The new rule is meant to create consistency in the time between downs. Previously, the play clock would begin at 25 seconds after the ball is placed ready for play. The new rule will use 40-second play clocks throughout the game.
The 40-second play clock will be used during the game. In some situations, the play clock will start at 25 seconds, then reset at 40 seconds at the end of a play.
When the ball is snapped, the offensive team has 40 seconds to make a play. The other time out is when a replay review reveals the correct ruling. In such situations, the offensive team will have to back up five yards to start a new play.
Impact on playing time for backup players
The mercy rule can help teams with lopsided leads. Playing out a game can be hazardous to players, and the mercy rule prevents this from happening.
The rule is mandatory, but a coach has the option to decline. In the case of backup players, a mercy rule can mean the difference between playing out a game and not playing at all.
A coach can use the mercy rule to help ensure the safety of his players.
The impact of the mercy rule on playing time for backup players in the high school game is largely dependent on the rules in the state where the game is played.
The mercy rule may be different in every state, and it takes effect after a certain amount of time has passed, or when a team has built a 42-point lead. Ultimately, it gives the trailing team the chance to recover and make a comeback.
Historically, backup players in college football had to transfer to a new school to find playing time, and the transfer rule usually required a year of ineligibility at the new school.
The NCAA ratified a new rule in July 2021, allowing Division I athletes to immediately play once they transfer to their new school.
The new rule is important for the backup players in the game, because their hard work and sacrifices will pay off in the end.
In high school football, the mercy rule may mean more playing time for backup players. One example of mercy is the bankruptcies of people.
This mercy rule affects everyone in our society, including our schools. We don’t know if this is the greatest comeback in North Carolina High School history, but we can’t be too sure.
So a mercy rule will ensure that backup players can play at least half the time.
Opposition to the mercy rule
Coaches have a mixed reaction to the mercy rule. Some feel it would accelerate the wussification of the sport, while others see the benefit.
The former Southport assistant coach believes the mercy rule would help improve player safety.
But others see a downside to the rule, such as less playing time for bench players. In any case, the rule is not a complete solution to the problem.
The punishment for violating the mercy rule can be severe. A team has five minutes to run out the clock, but if the score is 35 points or more, the game is over.
The running clock is mandatory, but a coach can decide to decline. But the punishment is often less severe than the penalty.
And it’s unfair to a talented player. So what are the best alternatives? Hopefully, the next big thing will be the mercy rule!
Earlier this year, the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) introduced a new rule.
This new rule will make games with 40-point deficits subject to running clock. If the lead shrinks below 40 points, the clock will resume normal timing.
The mercy rule is currently the only mercy rule in Texas. Currently, the TAPPS has adopted the rule in six-man football.
The mercy rule can have negative effects on the community. It allows the losing team to use the third string.
But this rule can make lopsided scores worse, too. For example, if a team gets injured, it can’t use its third string.
That’s unfair and is not in the best interests of society. In addition, a mercy rule would allow a winning team to run out its bench players.
The mercy rule does not apply in all situations. A team may win a game after a 35-point differential during the fourth quarter.
If a team wins by less, they may still lose, but a game could be called “dead” without mercy. A team may lose its season’s final score if a coach imposes a penalty for a flagrant foul.