Fight leads to ban on T-ball tourney in Kentucky

6/30/2021

An Eastern Kentucky city banned scorekeeping and championship tournaments for its T-ball league and imposed a zero tolerance policy for verbal assaults after adults fought during a game.

The Stanton Parks and Recreation Board on Tuesday announced the new changes for the city’s T-ball games for 5- and 6-year-old players. No changes were announced for other youth baseball programs. The new policies were adopted because an argument between coaches and game officials turned into a physical altercation in the middle of the field during the tournament finale.

Videos from the game appeared to show coaches from both teams get into an argument. One coach appeared to throw his hat down before another man came onto the field, started shoving people, and took his shirt off.

Additional videos showed more adults joined in the altercation. There was a loud argument with spectators. A coach later said on Facebook that the dispute started over a bad call.


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