The Peachtree City Little League won the Georgia state championship by beating Northern a couple of weeks ago.
News came Thursday night that PTCLL's team had been disqualified from playing in the next round, the Southeastern Regional, which started Saturday night.
That was good news for Northern, which was declared the state champion.
After the Ledger-Enquirer's Stephanie Pedersen talked to the District 4 administrator, she explained the rules that PTCLL violated. You can read more here :
Now, here are excerpts from a post on the Peachtree City Little League Facebook page:
''This is Patrick Gloriod and I am the VP of Baseball for PTCLL. I just want everyone in the community to know that myself, Michelle Cole, Trey Smith and Brandon Taylor spent the entire day fighting the decision from last night. We contacted lawyers and Brandon spent a lot of time on the phone with the attorney in Williamsport. ... ''Little League International broke 13 kids hearts last night. The three infractions they cited are minor. The LL rule book is 93 pages long without the appendices. The rule regarding how many 12's can play on a Majors team is on page 32. The Operating Manual is another 100 pages. Little League can obviously cite any infraction in these 200 pages to make any team ineligible. Myself and the rest of our board are volunteers with families. We do this to support our community and because if we didn't do this job, no one else would.''
You can read the full post by clicking here :
Were the rules violations minor? Yes. But they were still violations.
Don't moan and groan about how big the rule book is. If you don't have time to perform your duties, then find someone else to do it.
If there are too many rules in Little League to follow, then get out of Little League. Little League is not the only youth baseball and softball organization out there.
But don't try and lay blame anywhere but where it needs to be -- PTCLL adminstrators are the ones that failed the PTCLL All-Stars.