I think that the proper course of action for violations of a "morality clause" is to warn the offender first and if they do not stop apply whatever punishment necessary.
^Precisely. I would have stopped right away if a tournament official came up and told me to. One of the parents at communications asked some of my friends to stop playing Call of Duty in the hangout room, and they did right away. That's all that is necessary.
The problem is, we were open with tournament staff about this from the get go-one of the JO staff came up to us, asked what we were doing, and proceeded to egg us on. He nearly entered a bracket himself. For the leadership to turn around and say "this is wrong, we're going to punish you" is a little much...
Hm. Well I talked to the TP champions of regoon V regionals. One of them had bet on their own team to win, and won. He was severely punished, but was allowed to compete at Nats.
But bottom line... don't. Bet. Money. On. Ncfca.
Correct. There were maybe 3 or 4 teams who broke who had made brackets, including the 1st place team . Everybody who participated in the bracket was punished exactly the same: 1) Donate to the Institute for Christian Conciliation and 2) Be "on probation" for the next tournament they participate in, which means you have to have two parent chaperones: one to fulfill tournament duties, one to be with you for 100% of the time that you are at the tournament location.
But again, as I said, it really makes little difference as long as you have an understanding with all of the people participating of what's okay and what isn't. Competing your hardest if you bet on yourself is fine. Slacking off if you think you might get money is not. That prevents any problems that might come up.
I talked to a friend of mine who used to compete in region 5 and still has a lot of friends there, and he said that some people almost got their slots taken away. I severely doubt that Mrs. Hudson would just let it slide if an HSD bracket pool started, given how she reacted to the region 5 incident. (Jonathan, please correct me if I'm wrong on how it went down in region 5, you would obviously know better than me.)
I'm guessing you're talking about Thomas Lee? I still keep in touch with him quite a bit.
But yeah, once the board found out about it, they started calling all the people involved and asking them about it, and initially we all thought we were gonna be kicked out of the league for a year or something.
What I'm most frustrated about is the leadership's defense of the punishment. I sat down with one of the board members at nationals and asked her up front why they chose to punish us, and she could not give me one clear reason, other than that they wanted to encourage parents to bond with their kids and watch them compete.
The reality is, even if you think that bracket pools or betting on something you're in is wrong and unbiblical, it is NOT the job of NCFCA to punish it. That should be the job of our parents, our churches, and our government. I've consulted all three (my parents, my pastor, and our county judge, who is actually my debate partner's dad.
) All three said they didn't have a problem with what we did, and all three opposed the punishment from NCFCA. Sadly, I can't justify supporting an organization which contradicts the three most important authorities in my life. They might as well have kicked me out.