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7/19/2013 1:13:00 PM
Letter: Why schedule games on Sunday?


I've been in Little League since I was five years old. I've always loved competing with my friends in this sport. When I was 9 years old, I had my first opportunity to play for our Verde Valley All-Star team. Since then, All-Stars has been my highlight in baseball. I'm now 12 and this is my fourth and final year in Little League and All-Stars.

My dad, Chris Taylor, is the coach of our team. We have put many hours into practicing.

For the first time ever, our district tournament bracket was set up for teams to compete on Sunday. We started the tournament by playing Prescott on Friday.

Win or lose that game, we for sure had to play on Sunday. Little League has never played on Sunday for All-Stars in our district. Even when my brother played, which was ten years ago, there were never Sunday games.

Because of my religious beliefs, I choose not to play sports on Sunday. My dad and I begged the district administrator for the bracket to be changed prior to the tournament, but she kept the schedule the same.

We were disappointed, and I was sad thinking my team would think I was letting them down.

However, my team was supportive of my decision and played hard without my dad and me. I wish our Little League District would be supportive of the way it used to be by not scheduling All-Star games on Sunday.

Chaz Taylor

Verde Valley 12-Year Old All-Star

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, July 25, 2013
Article comment by: Could it just be simple math? -

Really folks- all this hurrah over what could be a simple question of math.

It stands to reason that there just may have been enough teams that they could not physically play them in a 2 day period and it rolled over to Sunday.

Even if you see Sunday as a day of 'rest', how about the flipside of seeing it as a chance to celebrate everything you have been given by whatever deity you believe in.

Dedicate your play to your religion and celebrate it.

Before folks start to crucifying the little league they may wan to consider that it was not intended to be an affront to religion, and more so maybe just an attempt to get the games done in one weekend rather than 2, or maybe there were other games already scheduled and that was the only way they could get it done?

Might want to get the facts before you assume... or start 'casting stones' of opinion.

Posted: Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Article comment by: Joan Boyd

I wrote my article and with knowing my great-grant son was in Sierra Vista playing for the State Champion. I doubt my opinion will ever be published! Our kids deserve the best when they are doing their best. Phoenix and the State Champion games are not scheduled on Sunday. .

Posted: Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Article comment by: It seems to me:

People who celebrate the Sabbath on Saturday know just how Chaz and his dad feel. But I think they've learned how to deal with that kind of disappointment, and maybe even to take advantage of the fact nothing in scripture forbids watching someone else exert themselves on the day of rest.

Posted: Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Article comment by: Slater Slater

Perhaps theres more athiests in sports than realized.Sundays are for family road trips DUH

Posted: Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Article comment by: Ryan Jensen

@ Brian Carlson

I couldn't agree with you more...so why did "wrong religion" (see below) attempt to make this political?

As for myself, I don't see this as political at all. Nor do I see a problem...game scheduled on Sunday, kid chose not to play. Where's the problem?

Posted: Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Article comment by: Day of Rest

A lot of valuable opinions have been brought up here. Our ancestors who first established this country, honored the day of rest. Since then there are those who have broke away from religion and therefore has brought us to where we are today. Where no one cares what happens on Sunday. They say it is just life and that those who do respect the Sabbath Day just have to live with it. If the world would honor what was established for us our country would not be in the shape it is today.

Next, someone said that you need to stand up for what you believe in and you have taken the first step. I would think that with the support of your team the next step would possibly be to picket the game on Sunday. Once others stand behind you your voice will be heard and others will take notice.

Chaz, keep up the good work, stay true to your beliefs by choosing the right, stand for what is true and right. In the end it will pay off.

Good Luck.

Posted: Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Article comment by: Brian Carlson

This is not about the right or the left or being conservative or liberal. It's about a kid playing in the little league. No one was trying to keep Tim Horne from speaking. They were disagreeing with him. Why does everything have to be political?

Posted: Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Article comment by: Ryan Jensen

"Just another way for the left to attack conservatives?"


You all support the kid's right to voice his opinion here in the paper, yet you attack Tim Horne for exercising that exact same right.

Who's attacking who?

Posted: Monday, July 22, 2013
Article comment by: @ Tim Horne

People like you kill me....you would be the first to complain about the way kids and teenagers act and behave YET have so little respect for one bright enough to voice his opinion and in the correct forum.
VVLL may or may not change the scheduling but Chaz certainly had the right to put his thoughts out there. There may be many other families that feel the same way about Sunday, not necessarily for religious reasons but just because we have become a society that goes, goes, goes, all the time and it's good to have a day to relax!
And to Ann Rant, just because Tebow plays on Sundays, doesn't mean a thing. Tebow is not Jesus, he is a man who makes choices of his own and is not who we are worshiping!

Posted: Sunday, July 21, 2013
Article comment by: Part Norwegian

Standing up for your relgiious beliefs is great. I believe that they should not have tournaments on Sundays for those reasons and it should be a day for family bonding. But in life you may have to do things on Sundays you may not like if you become a fireman or a cop or work at hospital. Little League is a great sport that bonds families and shows team bonding. I was once a little league player till grade 3 and if they played on a Sunday it wasn't a big deal because it's life and the real world.

Thing is it is a part of life to have things like this happen. In life people are not going to revolve around your religious calendar. May God bless your future endeavours.

Posted: Sunday, July 21, 2013
Article comment by: Brian Carlson

Sunday is the Sabbath day for many religions in our country. It has been a "day of rest" for those who do not claim a specific religion or belief system. I am sure that Chaz is not the only Little League player who chooses to observe Sunday as a religious day. All Little League players who feel the same as Chaz need to make their voices be heard.

Posted: Sunday, July 21, 2013
Article comment by: Ann Rant

Appreciate your freedom, kid. At least you are not being thrown to the lions or persecuted for your beliefs. You are free to rest on Sunday. You are free to worship as you choose. If resting on Sunday is a strong religious conviction of yours, by all means, rest. Just remember, everyone else in the country is free too and they may schedule baseball games on Sunday.

By the way, even Tebow plays on Sunday.

Posted: Sunday, July 21, 2013
Article comment by: Obvious Guy

I would hardly characterize the kid's letter as a selfish demand that the world bend over backward to accommodate his religious belief. Little League is a private organization and is free to schedule games on whatever days it chooses. Historically it hasn't scheduled games on Sunday, which has worked out well for players and their families who worship on that day. Now that has changed and the young man is simply exercising his First Amendment right to express his displeasure. Sorry Tim...when you grow up you will realize that people have every right to express their opinion on a situation that affects them, even if you disagree with it. There is certainly no need for you to project your antireligious bias on a boy with the guts to write a letter to the editor.

Posted: Saturday, July 20, 2013
Article comment by: Barbara Miller

Hey CHAZ MAN, good for you! Don't let anyone try to tell you that your beliefs means thinking the world resolves around you..That's crazy talk! You are intitled to your opinion. You are expressing your views as a Christian and I thought this venue was the place to express them. I salute you for being a good Christian and keeping the Sabath Holy. Many college and professional athletes do not play on Sunday. Your family taught you right.

Posted: Saturday, July 20, 2013
Article comment by: Slater Slater

Give the kid a break.
When you grow up you will find compassion
for others.You sound like an you've lost your way.
Please pray for Tim.

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