Hi there, it has been a while. Hope you're all doing fine. The season started, and my U8 team is in a league where there are some U7 teams as well. Not being AYSO, there are not specific rules against running up the score. A simple example: a club's U8s played the same club's U7s last week, and trashed them 16-0 (games last 40 mins...) I am TOTALLY against trashing other teams, especially younger ones, especially at this age; however, it is VERY hard to control 7 and 8yo kids. In particular, in the state where I live there are few teams, and great rivalry, especially among parents and coaches... So, no mercy is the rule. Moreover, my boys used to be U7 last season, and they have been often destroyed by double-digit scores. (I wasn't their coach then, thus I feel no desire for revenge...) Of course one can say: use the left only, or three-passes before shooting, but you probably know that (1) kids tend to "forget" such rules, and (2) when the difference is huge, the score keeps going up anyway. Also, using the less gifted players is an option, but it tends to make the best players (and their moms!!) very nervous, so, the moment you unleash them, they go for the kill. Any idea/opinion/suggestion?