Henryville parents file injunction over all-star baseball team selection


by Renee Murphy


Posted on June 28, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 28 at 5:36 PM

HENRYVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) - A dispute over a youth baseball team in Henryville, Indiana landed in court Thursday morning.

A baseball brawl is brewing, but not on the field, instead this fight is taking place in court.

A child from Southern Indiana didn’t make an All Star youth baseball team in Henryville and now the parents have filed suit.  They were in a Clark County courtroom Thursday morning to try and stop the games from being played.  They say the selection process for the team was flawed.

“Less than 4 months ago Henryville went through a significant disaster, a tornado, and I just think that it’s unfortunate that after seeing the community come together as strongly as it did to now having parents out at the ball field unhappy,” said Graham Green, attorney for the Henryville Youth Sports League.

Green says the way the kids were selected for the all star team was on the up and up.

“I don't believe my clients or anybody coaches or the board did anything improper,” said Green.

But Charles and Alice Hunt don't think so.  They filed for an injunction to stop the games after their child was no chosen for the team.

A judge denied the request and the games will go on - for now.

We tried to get their side of the story - but they declined comment.

However they did send WHAS11a written statement.

"This lawsuit is about making sure parents, coaches, and volunteers involved with Henryville Youth Sports follow by-laws and procedures put in place to provide each youth with an equal opportunity to play the game.”

“No matter what procedure is put in place if a child doesn't make an all star team there is always some disgruntled parent that’s going to be upset,” said Green

Both sides have to come back to court in August where the judge wants to see paperwork that details the league's selection process.  At that time the judge will decide what happens next.  It could impact whether games are played at the end of this season and next season.