Families file a lawsuit against Portage Little League.
It’s been an exciting year with many closings of longstanding public favorites, especially in the service industry. The sport was also affected across the country, with many teams choosing not to resume. One community in particular was shocked by the announcement that the Little League ball would be discontinued after six decades.
Christopher Leitz and Sammie Maletta filed a lawsuit against Portage Little League claiming they paid fees for their kids to play in 2020 and when the season was canceled they were told that half of that would apply to the 2021 season would. Then, surprisingly, the league decided to completely disband after 60 years. The announcement came on social media and read: “Due to the ongoing lack of volunteer participation, we have made the decision to completely dissolve Portage Little League.” The Facebook post adds that families can still participate in the Little League and directs them to the Little League Administrator, District 1, Rich Arndt.
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The lawsuit filed by Portage-based attorney Ken Elwood on behalf of the parents stated, “Little League Baseball has been our summers hallmark for over 60 years. We have welcomed countless people into our community and shown them the charm, hospitality and generosity that make us all proud to call Portage our home. ““ However, there would be no 2021 season and it would announce the decision to disband the entire league. The defendant did not provide the plaintiff with 50% of the costs out of pocket from the 2020 season. “
“When they posted on Facebook that they failed, it was the first time anyone knew about it,” Elwood explained. “Everyone was really upset.”
Arndt, the City of Portage Little League, and Little League Baseball Incorporated are all named plaintiffs, and the filing alleges “conversion and negligence”. It seeks the reimbursement of fees and the appointment of a recipient.
Athletes in Riverside County, California are also filing lawsuits to lift a ban on local sports. The lawsuit argues that “young athletes are no higher risk of contracting coronavirus than adult athletes,” and hopes to use data from the medical community to convince the court.
“When we look at the law, it really is a violation of children’s equal rights. So we decided it was worth taking it to a judge and letting him or her decide if we were right,” said lawyer Stephen Gribney that the judge previously ruled that all sports can be resumed within San Diego with specific safety protocols. “The court said yes, if you followed all of these exempt guidelines published by the state, you can gamble safely. I was a little surprised that from a medical point of view, the state didn’t offer any more resistance, I’m not sure if they could. “
On site, Dr. Euthym Kontaxis from Eisnehower Health agreed with Grbiney, saying, “Transmission among adolescents is much lower than among adults. 10 percent of the cases are between 5 and 17 years old. I think with good information and careful observation we can do this … If we make sure we adhere to proper social distancing, wearing masks, hand washing, and respiratory etiquette everyone will be safe.
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