Amputee has basketball dreams put on hold

January 31, 2014 Updated: January 31, 2014 at 8:00 am
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photo - This photo provided by Colorado Community Media shows Mountain Vista  High School basketball player Bailey Roby practices shooting three-pointers during halftime in Highlands Ranch on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014. The Roby family had to pick up the special blue padding on his prosthetics the same day as the game "otherwise he wouldn't be able to play," according to his mother. (AP Photo/Colorado Community Media,  Hannah Garcia)
This photo provided by Colorado Community Media shows Mountain Vista High School basketball player Bailey Roby practices shooting three-pointers during halftime in Highlands Ranch on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014. The Roby family had to pick up the special blue padding on his prosthetics the same day as the game "otherwise he wouldn't be able to play," according to his mother. (AP Photo/Colorado Community Media, Hannah Garcia) 

DENVER — Safety concerns have put a double-amputee high school basketball player's dreams on hold.

The Colorado High School Activities Association told Bailey Roby earlier this month he could no longer play after game officials balked when they learned Roby didn't have an official letter of authorization.

At the heart of the issue is a national high school rule that bans players with prosthetic devices if they place opponents at a disadvantage or increase the risk of injury to the athlete or others. His coach at Mountain Vista High School says he understands the concerns.

Roby tells the Denver Post (http://tinyurl.com/mhun6wa ) the ruling does not make sense because he has been playing school basketball for several years, beginning with a junior varsity team.

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