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Last week, the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) adjusted its rules to accommodate religious requests.

The change comes after a controversy involving the Oakwood Academy boys' basketball team being forced to choose between their faith and a playoff game in the 1A state basketball tournament.

The team forfeited the game because it was scheduled when they observed the Sabbath.

However, according to State Sen. Chris Elliott (R-Josephine), there is still work to be done regarding the AHSAA.

During an interview with Mobile radio FM Talk 106.5's "The Jeff Poor Show" on Friday, Elliott explained that the Alabama Legislature was going to "help" the AHSAA help themselves.

"This entity has caused too much pain for too long," Elliott said. "And we are going to help them help themselves so that we don't end up in these ineligible player situations. We're going to work with them if they want to, to help address those types of issues. The Oakwood Academy situation was a no-brainer. It's one they got a lot of press on from all sides. It was a bad decision. It was a bad policy. I'm glad they corrected it. I hope they continue that trend and are willing to continue to work with me as I represent my constituents and Alabamians across the state who have serious heartburn with both the way and the manner in which the Alabama High School Athletic Association deals with student-athletes."

To connect with the author of this story, or to comment, email jeff.poor@1819News.com.

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