High School athlete disqualified due to prosthetic legs

11:07 PM, Jan 30, 2014   |    comments
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HIGHLANDS RANCH - Bailey Roby deserves the attention.

"I think he's inspirational. He's an inspirational story," Mountain Vista athletic director Pat McCabe said.

Roby has been playing basketball since 8th grade as a double amputee. In fact, a new set of prosthetics once allowed him to grow seven inches overnight.

"If we did that with a couple other players we'd be alright," Golden Eagles head coach Bob Wood said laughing.

Roby is a senior at Mountain Vista. He's a part of the high school's severe needs program and plays on the varsity basketball team. In the right situation he gets to play at the end of games - or at least he used to.

The state high school organization made the tough call that Bailey's prosthetic legs complicate safety for himself and the competition.

"We don't want to ever say no to a kid," Colorado High School Activities Association Commissioner Paul Angelico told 9NEWS.

The CHSAA did make an exception recently. With the opposing team's approval, Bailey played and scored in a game on Jan. 24. But that begs the question why can't that be the agreement moving forward?

"It's a little too broad to say for every single game that's the rule," Angelico said.

"I think I have a fair understanding of why he can't play," McCabe said. When asked if he was OK with that: "Well no. I want him to play."

Everyone does. Support for Bailey on social media has been overwhelming.

"It makes me really happy, and I appreciate everyone supporting me," Roby told 9NEWS.

It sounds like nothing is set in stone. The state high school organization said Thursday night that they would work with Mountain Vista high school on a game-by-game basis to try and get Roby some playing time in the future.

"The thing that makes me sad is this was a great story, he was a great feel good story," McCabe said, "and we have this situation that is unavoidable that turns this story in to something that isn't as happy and isn't as feel good and that's unfortunate."

Bailey Roby should be the center of attention. But for the shots he makes as opposed to the one's he'll never get to take.

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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