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Basketball Rules That ‘De-Emphasize Winning’ Disqualify Undefeated Team

The Windsor Warriors were on their way.

The Canadian basketball team of 10-year-olds was powering through the Blessed Sacrament tournament recently, going undefeated and looking forward to an appearance in the championship game.

Then they got the bad news. They were disqualified.

An opposing coach noticed the Warriors weren’t giving equal playing time to everyone on the squad, among new “modified rules” that promote fun and “de-emphasize winning,” tournament head John Rocchi told TheSpec in Hamilton, Ontario.

But the Warriors didn’t take the disqualification lying down Sunday. Their parents reportedly made protest signs out of pizza boxes demanding “fair play,” and the players and their families assembled on the court at Cathedral High School and marched in a circle, holding their signs aloft and chanting “We want gold! We want gold!”

In the end, the Warriors’ protest shut down the tournament — the other teams packed up and went home…and the gold medal game was canceled.

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