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Is one allowed to play ball on Shabbos?

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CYLOR......[15] – Seth J Dec 23 '12 at 5:59
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Check out this link: Playing Ball On Shabbat And Yom Tov, Rabbi Saul J. Berman

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this link really covers it all, I just wanted to add that this issue is also discussed in Volume 3 Issue 15 of Halachically speaking (thehalacha.com/attach/Volume3/Issue15.pdf), titled "Toys and Games on Shabbos", and brings a couple of the poskim from our generation as well. – Menachem Jun 2 '11 at 7:11
Can you summarize the contents of the link? A link-only answer is not very useful on its own. (Consider what happens if the link ever stops working.) – Monica Cellio Dec 23 '12 at 5:45
Especially as the link mis thehalacha.com/wp-content/uploads/Vol3Issue15.pdf – Epicentre Dec 23 '12 at 6:41

it's not assur, but it's not in the spirit.

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any sources for this – SimchasTorah Jan 26 '11 at 1:13
@simc yes ive seen this in many melachos books. u will find it very easily – avrohom Jan 26 '11 at 3:48
The Yerushalmi (Taanis 4:5 - hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=14138&pgnum=443) cites one opinion that attributes the destruction of Betar to the fact that "they played ball" (Pnei Moshe, and the first explanation in Korban HaEidah, add: on Shabbos). That is one of the sources quoted on this issue. – Alex Feb 9 '11 at 2:27
What do you mean, in the spirit? To exercise is a fulfillment of Ushmartem es nafshoseichem. Why would shabbat be any different during the week as long as there is no melacha? – Adam Mosheh Feb 12 '12 at 15:00
@avrohom - which books? I am hesitant to admit that something like this should be forbidden, when I grew up there was nothing wrong with friendly competition on shabbat. Obviously writing down scores would be koseiv but other than technical violations of melachah, there should be no problem since these can be avoided easily. – Adam Mosheh Feb 12 '12 at 15:03

http://www.dailyhalacha.com/Display.asp?ClipDate=6/13/2012 this link will provide a good deal of sources

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