soap scrimmage n. especially in non-professional American football, a practice game for which the cost of admittance is a bar of bath soap. Also soap game. Editorial Note: Other items needed by a sports team are sometimes substituted as the price of admittance. This term is occasionally applied to any scrimmage or pre-season match, regardless of the requirements for admittance. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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  1. M. Laubhan says:

    Soap Scrimmage, does that mean that Coach Merle “Bones Nay is the originator of the term, or the concept of the “Soap Scrimmage?

    Coach Nay is the earliest citation of the term 1962.  I played for Coach Nay in 1962.  Great Leader and motivator.

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