Colorado latest state to consider mercy rule for basketball

Colorado latest state to consider mercy rule for basketball


Colorado latest state to consider mercy rule for basketball


In light of national attention to a mercy rule for high school basketball and a variety of lopsided scores around the country, the board of directors of the Colorado High School Activities Association will survey members schools to solicit opinions.

The subject was brought up a number of times during the board’s meeting this week, according to

According to Gannett partner The (Fort Collins) Coloradoan, more than 700 games in the state in the first two months of the basketball season were decided by 30 points or more.

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In January, Bert Borgmann, an assistant commissioner for CHSAA in charge of basketball, told The Coloradoan, “A mercy rule is detrimental to development of players. With that being said, it is incumbent upon the team that is putting the pasting on to address that situation from an educational standpoint.”

He also said the mercy rule comes up annually and he doesn’t foresee a change, although opinion could be shifting.

According to, the survey will gauge whether schools are in favor of a mercy rule and if so, how would they specifically apply it. A number of states use mercy rules based on 30, 35 or 40 point margins and then go to a running clock in the second half or the fourth quarter.

There are no mercy rule provisions in the National Federation of State High School Association rulebook as there are in other sports such as football, but states can adopt a mercy rule at their discretion.

Depending on the results of the survey, the board could take action in April.



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