Rosh Hashana directive makes schools reschedule


Two-day event ban extended to three days

September 07, 2001|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

The 38 high school athletic contests scheduled for Sept. 19 all must be rescheduled following Superintendent John O'Rourke's directive issued Tuesday that changes the county school system's observance of the Jewish holy day, Rosh Hashana.

The directive extends a previous two-day ban on all athletic events to a third day - joining Baltimore County with a three-day ban.

Schools are closed Sept. 18 in observance of the holy day, but because it begins at sundown on Sept. 17 and ends at sundown on Sept. 19, no athletic contests will be permitted on those days either.

In past years, only a two-day ban was observed, starting at sundown the day before Rosh Hashana.

"When it [the holy day] has occurred on weekdays in the past, we've always gotten a waiver to play on the third day," Coordinator of Athletics Don Disney said. "That wasn't given this year."

Contests had been scheduled in anticipation of the waiver - most of them involving schools from outside the county.

In all, 20 varsity contests and 18 junior varsity contests are involved. The varsity sports impacted include: boys soccer (6), girls soccer (4), cross country (3), field hockey (3) and volleyball (4).

Soccer rule changes

A fan stood up at the Westminster/Mt. Hebron boys soccer game Tuesday night and screamed at the referees after a Vikings player spun a throw-in.

In the past, such a throw was illegal, but a rule change aimed at boosting offense now makes it legal. A player's hands don't have to be on either side of the ball as in the past.

Another rule change allows the goalkeeper unlimited steps, but only six seconds to release the ball on punts or throws.

And if the team performing a throw-in substitutes, then the opposing team now is allowed to substitute as well.

Raiders break streak

Atholton's field hockey team broke a 12-game losing streak by defeating Glen Burnie yesterday, 4-1.

The Raiders, who scored just four goals all last season while posting a 1-12 record, were led by Michelle Levin's hat trick, a goal and an assist by Meg MacFarland, and assists by Ryan Freas and Liz Bartlett. Alliene Olson made two saves in goal.

"Last year, I made 200 saves and the ball was always at my end," Olson said. "This was a lot more fun."

First-year coach Jen O'Neill, who played at Mt. Hebron and Delaware, said: "We'll surprise a lot of teams this year if we can play our transition game. We have the athleticism. What we need is confidence. This was a good tipoff for us."

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