12U baseball player banned from the game. The reason is surprising.
A 12-year-old Phoenix youth baseball player has been suspended for one year by the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA), all because his father has filed a lawsuit against the USSSA, according to Phoenix TV station KPHO.
Dr. Daniel Bozinovich told KPHO that two years ago he fell off the bleachers (without safety railings) while watching his son play at a USSSA sanctioned event at Victory Lane Sports Park in Glendale, Arizona.
Bozinovich filed a lawsuit November 13, 2014 against USSSA and Victory Lane Park. Several weeks later, KPHO says the USSSA state directors emailed Bozinovich and said they’ve been suspended for one year for “unsportsmanlike behavior for actions on Nov. 13.”
According to their website, the USSSA is the world’s largest multi-sport athletic organization with over 3.7 million participants in 13 sports.
The USSSA’s “Important Notice Concerning Legal disputes” document says that any participant, “who threatens in writing a legal action against USSSA… shall be automatically suspended from all USSSA activities until such threatened legal actions or legal disagreements are resolved to the satisfaction of the USSSA Board of Directors.”
Bozinovich’s son, Greg, was not allowed to play for his team, the Arizona Naturals, in a recent tournament.
The USSSA underwrites insurance for many leagues and tournaments, a major roadblock for Greg Bozinovich playing during the next year.