|In the book Reagan, In His Own Hand, Reagan discussed a variant of girls basketball that was very common in some states. It has six players on each side, instead of the typical 5. Another difference is that only 3 of the 6 positions were allowed to shoot the ball. It had a very different game dynamic than the 5 man sport.|
He talked about it because there was a lawsuit being filed at the time. The lawsuit argued that the 3 girls in back who were not allowed to shoot were being discriminated against!
As for running up the score against a team that's not as good, I don't see it as a bad thing. One thing about playing with someone who's a bit better than you is that you get an opportunity to really push and adapt. I played baseball for years, and I would much rather have the best pitcher in the league giving it his best then going easy on me. When you play with someone that good, you really have an opportunity to improve your game. You'll still lose, but if the goals is to play well, and not just win, it's a great opportunity.
When I had a soccer team in college, I was much happier when we played very well, even if we lost. One game we got slaughtered, but our team really played together better than we had before. If the game you are in is the only thing that's important to you, and improving your abilities means nothing, I think the game will ultimately be unsatisfying. And you won't continue to improve. Eventually you'll be on the losing side.