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Parent goes to youth basketball game, gets stabby

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One of the many reasons I advocate against laws allowing guns at youth sports events is the powder-keg of emotions in the stands. And what can set it off is not necessarily anything going on in the game. A youth sports event can be a wondrous event to bring families together in harmony — or a horrible excuse for broken families to get together to settle their differences.

From The Indianapolis Star:

MIDDLETOWN, Ind. — Police say a man stabbed his wife’s ex-husband during a fight that broke out during a youth basketball game at a Central Indiana school. Henry County Sheriff Butch Baker says 34-year-old Eric Allred, Muncie, suffered a non-life-threatening stab wound to his torso and was taken to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

Baker tells The [Muncie] Star Press that Allred and 27-year-old Christopher Ellis, Middletown, started arguing in the bleachers during Saturday’s game at Shenandoah Elementary School. Baker says the fight then moved into a restroom, where Ellis attacked Allred with a knife.

The [Anderson, Ind.] Herald Bulletin reports Allred is the father of a child who was playing.

Ellis was being held in the Henry County Jail on preliminary aggravated battery charges.

OK, let me rephrase that — people shouldn’t be bringing any weapons to a kids game. At least, though, a knife can do limited damage compared to a gun. And, with no guns allowed, a trigger-happy vigilante can’t decide to step in the middle of a, shall we say, dicey domestic situation.

Written by rkcookjr

November 8, 2010 at 10:22 pm

Florida judge rules against team that was in, then out, of tournament

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An update on “When Keeping the Rules Real Goes Wrong.”

From the St. Petersburg Times:

Citing bylaws that give the league’s national commissioner the final say in disputes, [Hernando County Judge Kurt Hitzemann] judge on Wednesday rejected a Spring Hill team’s request to reverse the [Dixie Youth Baseball League] commissioner’s July 3 ruling and allow it to play in this weekend’s state tournament.

“What happened here is very unfortunate and sad,” he said later, “but according to these bylaws, the commissioner can do what he wants to do. He can decide what the rules mean.”

Nearly 30 supporters, including some of the 11- and 12-year-old boys on the Spring Hill National Triple-A Majors All Stars, attended the hearing. They all left disappointed.

The controversy, which has drawn attention from national media, stems from a game on June 30 between Spring Hill and a team from South Lake.

That night, a player for South Lake hit a go-ahead home run in the top of the final inning, but failed to touch home plate and was ruled out by an umpire. After a lengthy debate involving officials from the Dixie Youth Baseball organization, the umpire’s ruling stood. The Spring Hill squad won that game in extra innings.

Three days later, Wes Skelton, the league’s national commissioner, awarded the game to South Lake, saying they had been denied an opportunity to appeal the decision on the night of the game.

Claiming that being barred from the state tournament would cause “irreparable harm” to the boys on the team, the Spring Hill squad asked Hitzemann to allow them to play in the upcoming [12-team state] tournament.

Young Hunter Cowers, who hit the home run that started this mess, is now his generation’s George Brett, at least in terms of controversy-causing taters. Maybe the judge should have done this: ordered the game to be replayed from the point the home run was hit. And then the Spring Hill manager could have played everyone out of position as a protest.

Written by rkcookjr

July 16, 2009 at 12:46 pm

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