ADVENTIST WORLD — Effective immediately, Adventist elementary schools, academies and universities have been ordered to stop keeping score during any kind of sport.
The new rule is designed to crack down on competition between students. Whenever a team or individual “scores,” clapping or cheering is no longer allowed and no score will be recorded.
In the case of intramurals, fans will be allowed to say a loud “Amen” whenever their team does something particularly admirable providing they make no effort to tally the “Amens.”
In a statement about the new scoreless approach, General Conference leaders said that it would herald a new era of Adventist athletics in which “sport is indulged purely for its physical exercise value.“
Questions from members about whether the same scoreless approach would apply to nominating committee work and General Conference session votes, have yet to be answered.