CHSAA rules student with prosthetic legs ineligible to play

CHSAA cites safety concerns

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. - The Colorado High School Activities Association ruled that a student with two prosthetic legs could not play varsity basketball because he might be a safety risk to himself or other players.

Born with three toes on each foot, Bailey Roby has two prosthetic legs and a passion for shooting three-pointers.

"I just love basketball," said Roby. "I work really hard and I made the varsity team."

He was authorized to play for the junior varsity team last year, and he has played eight games with the varsity team this year.

But midway through the season after a call from an official, the Colorado High School Activities Association said that it cannot authorize Roby to play because he might pose a safety risk.

"Nobody wants to tell a kid he can't play," said Bert Borgmann, a commissioner with CHSAA. "Nobody wants to say that. But in the end, we have to make decisions that are based on the welfare of all the kids that are participating, including the participant."

However, by Thursday afternoon, after hearing protest from Roby's friends and his community, Borgmann said CHSAA is now considering allowing Roby to play on a game-by-game basis, if it's approved in advance by the opposing team's athletic director and referees.
"We just hope we can jump through these hoops so other players in the future don't go through this," said Scott Roby, Bailey Roby's father.
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