Beware of hidden rules that could affect your young athletes in Lewis County Youth Basketball League

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Editor:

First off, I think the commission should not be made up of coaches, but unbiased adults. Also, every athlete should be given a copy of the constitution bylaws and made aware of their importance and their consequences.
Let me explain. My grandson, Drew Moodispaw, is a 12-year-old seventh-grader at Notre Dame in Clarksburg, but lives in Weston. He has played basketball for several years now, and is an excellent athlete and student.
He has played for St. Pat’s Irish for the last two years, and his big dream was to play for them one last year. He had no intentions of trying out this year at Notre Dame. Maybe next year.
I was questioned by a certain man about if and where Drew was going to play basketball this year. I told him Drew’s ambition was to come back to play for St. Pat’s Irish this year. He told me he thought it would be better for Drew to tryout at Notre Dame. He then took it upon himself to call the coach at Notre Dame to talk to Drew about trying out there.
His wife even texted Drew’s mom (Renee) to try to convince her to have Drew go for the tryouts at Notre Dame. Even their son talked to Drew on the school bus about trying out at Notre Dame.
Never once did anyone mention that a bylaw existed that said if Drew passed the tryouts at Notre Dame that he could not come back to play for the St. Pat’s Irish. Was this done deliberately? We don’t know, but I was informed that this same man immediately informed the commission of the Lewis County Youth League Basketball when Drew went out for the Notre Dame tryouts and made it.
However, Drew immediately asked to be taken off Notre Dame’s team after that coach informed him that he’d see little to no play time. Who wants to ride the bench for a year?
Now, the plot thickens! When Drew came out for the tryouts for the Lewis County Youth Basketball with hopes of playing a third year for the St. Pat’s Irish (and made it), we were then shocked to be informed that since he made the tryouts at Notre Dame, he was banished from coming back to a Lewis County team.
Even though my wife, Kathy, and I talked to the president of the Lewis County Youth League Basketball and attended a coaches meeting right after the tryouts, we were still informed that Drew could not play here.
My grandson, Drew, was devastated. Now, he’s not on any team, and he dearly loves to play basketball. What a crock!
Had we been aware of this bylaw, Drew would never have gone to the Notre Dame tryouts. Was this a setup? Was this done to keep Drew from playing for St. Pat’s Irish this year, to lessen their chance of winning?
I’ve been informed that the commission is made up of six people, including coaches. They made their final vote on Sunday, Dec. 10, and four of them voted against Drew and killed any chance of him playing this year. How do you people sleep at night?
Perhaps these folks need to re-read the part of the constitution of the Youth League:
Article II: Objectives
A) The primary objective of this organization shall be to implant firmly in the minds of the boys and girls of the county, the ideals of good sportsmanship, honesty, loyalty, courage and reverence, in order to make them stronger and happier boys and girls, who will become good citizens through participation in an organized, competitive basketball program.
How can you state such a high and lofty goal, and then turn right around and ban an excellent basketball athlete from even being able to play? It is my opinion that my grandson was dealt with in a low-down and mean-spirited way.
These people who voted against Drew should be ashamed of themselves. They crushed my grandson. If they were truly people of honor, they would immediately resign as coaches and/or commissioners, and allow people who truly want to help develop our young athletes of Lewis County to take their place.
One last thing. I think the constitution and bylaws of this league need to be rewritten so no other Lewis County athlete is ever again dealt with in such a manner, and every athlete should receive a copy, so they and their parents are informed.

Dr. William R. Moodispaw

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