Eleven year old Demias Jimerson from Ark. scores a touchdown almost every time he has the ball. His extreme athletic talent created such an inequality on the field the Madre Hill rule was again implented.
According to Fox News, the Madre Hill rule applies to 5th and 6th grade Pee Wee players in the Wilson Intermediate Football League. The rule states if Jimerson scores three touchdowns and his team is ahead by 14 points, he is not allowed to make any more touchdowns.
Terri Bryant, principal and defacto commissioner of the Wilson Intermediate Football League, said this rule is meant to help the other players on the team develop and have a chance to play too.
I see it her way. Once Jimerson is in middle and high school, he will be able to compete to his full potential and will take his team to state championships. I believe sports for grades below middle school should be all about developing a love for the game and learning techniques. Playing in a game with Jimerson can leave young players feeling discouraged, frustrated and unable to hone their skills properly.
He can have his glory for half the game, then give other kids a chance to experience success too.
On the flip side, I am glad this rule does not apply to middle and high school. Life isn’t fair and telling players to sit out because they are “too good” to play isn’t real life. But at such a young age I believe all kids should have a chance to play and enjoy the game – they have their entire life to experience pain, misery, and not being as good as other people.
Here is the video from Fox News documenting the story: