Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Colorado High School Activities Association bars games on Sabbath

The Herzl/Rocky Mountain Hebrew Academy basketball team has had a great season and only needs to win one more game to make the regional championships. Unfortunately, if the team does win that game, they will not be able to compete for the championship because the game is scheduled for Saturday, March 8th. The team, who can not compete during the Jewish Sabbath (Sundown Friday through Sundown on Saturday), requested a schedule change but were denied by the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA). The CHSAA does have a rule barring games from being played on Sabbath but the language really on bars games being played on Sunday (though it is noted that this rule is due to religious reasons). A few state Senators (from both parties) think the CHSAA should be able to come up with some way to accommodate Sabbath observance of both potential championship teams (I dunno, Saturday night perhaps) but, if not, the Hebrew Academy team members will learn that maintaining their integrity is much more important than a trophy.


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