Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Sportsmanship - Or What The Crap?!?

Sportsmanship. One of our least favorite topics to discuss. It has it's proponents (many) and it's opponents (just as many including me).

Sportsmanship is MEANT to work like this:

Good humor, quality opponents are encouraged.
Dicks and Assholes are Discouraged.

Simple right? Not quite.

It really works like this:

You Beat me? low score for you. I figure I'll get a higher score and our overall match will be less of a loss for me, or if it was close I'll even come out ahead because of this "Soft" score.

...... Not quite the intended result Riiiiight???

How I think Sportsmanship should be scored:

Each player gets 1 vote. only one for the entirety of the event.

You vote for your FAVORITE opponent. The score has NO BEARING on overall tournament placement.
You can ONLY vote for somebody you played against.

The player who gets the MOST votes (3 in a standard tourney or more in a GT) wins the "Players Choice" award.

Simple really. that is it.

Problems Solved.

Moving on....


  1. At the events I went to at my FLGS had the least likely to be taken out back and beaten prize.

    First prize was top battle points, then 3 equal second place prizes for second in battle points, top painting, and sportsmanship. Max 1 prize total.

  2. I don't think I ever got flagged down in sportmanship for winning but if people do this it's really a same.
    Since soft score are very subjective great care should be given from the organisers in order to implement them correctly. Somehow I don't think this is the case though.

  3. Aww, someone took my conversation literally. There goes my 'salt the earth' tournament strategy. If I can't win, no one else will. Never mind that its been done to me, pretty sure. Not to mention unfair rule bending just shy of cheating.

    I've a better idea, no soft scores at all. NONE. Let the winnar sit on top of his space marine throne and be done with it.

  4. lol, thats the point of "this does not affect tournament scoring at all."

    It's a secondary prize. not added to the cumulative total of anything.


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