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TAPPS to Allow for Religious Observance Flexibility

Schools no longer forced to participate on day of Sabbath

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    Amanda Guerra
    The Beren Academy Stars huddle before the last 10 seconds of Friday's semifinal game. Beren won 58-46.

    The organization in charge of private and parochial school athletics is allowing greater scheduling flexibility after a controversy surrounding a playoff date on the Jewish Sabbath.

    The Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools has changed its bylaws after a dispute surrounding a basketball playoff date involving an Orthodox Jewish school in Houston.

    TAPPS had initially rejected Beren Academy's requests to reschedule a Saturday date last postseason, nearly forcing the team to forfeit.

    Several parents filed a lawsuit seeking to force TAPPS to reschedule the semifinal. TAPPS relented and changed the time to Friday afternoon. Beren Academy eventually lost to Abilene Christian in a Saturday night championship final.

    In the future, "no member school shall be required to participate on a day of Sabbath observance or a day of traditional religious holidays," the revised bylaw states.