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    Coach suing 14-year-old over Little League Baseball celebration

    byA California Little League Baseball coach who suffered a torn Achilles tendon is suing one of his former players for throwing his helmet during a game-ending celebration, according to Sacramento's KCRA-TV (h/t Barstool Sports). The kid is 14 years old.


    But that isn't stopping Alan Beck from suing the child and Little League Baseball for $500,000 in pain and suffering in addition to another $100,000 in lost wages and medical bills, per the Placer County (Calif.) Superior Court summons obtained by KCRA-TV.


    "At first I thought it was joke," the boy's father, Joe Paris, told his local television news station. "Now, I think it's absurd."


    Paris' son allegedly tossed his helmet while scoring the winning run in a game this past spring, and the equipment struck and tore Beck's Achilles tendon.


    "He is a good guy who was volunteering his time and now he's in a wheelchair. Who's the victim here?" Beck's attorney, Gene Goldman, told KCRA. "This wasn't part of the game. To have someone throw a helmet in that manner, you just don't do that."


    Except the kid's in Little League, and Little Leaguers do that. All the time. Heck, Little League's own YouTube channel shows kids throwing equipment during a celebration.


    Recovery from a ruptured Achilles tendon can take six months, according to WebMD.com.


    Except, the Paris family has been forced to shell out more than $4,000 in legal fees two months before the case is even scheduled to be seen by a judge, according to the report. Joe Paris told KCRA he doesn't have homeowners insurance, which in some cases can cover the costs of such apparent frivolous litigiousness.


    Your problem, not ours, says the plaintiff's camp, basically. "If they owned a home," Goldman told KCRA, "they should have had homeowner's insurance."


    So, let this be a message to all you kids out there having fun: Don't.
    Do you believe that this coach has a case or did he accept this as a potential risk of the sport? (Within the video at the link the dad shared that his son threw the helmet up straight up in the air and it bounced after scoring the winning run.)

    Here are other news links:

    Little League baseball coach sues former player over victory celebration injury | Fox News

    A Little League coach is suing his own player for over $500,000 | For The Win

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    I wasn't able to watch the video so I don't know what I think yet. But I do agree homeowners need to have homeowner's insurance. Not specific to this case but in general.

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    The boy didn't throw the helmet AT THE COACH. He threw it up in the air. There is no intent to harm, there is no negligence, and that's something you expect from little kids. Heck, you even see big leaguers toss their helmets toward the sideline. I'm waiting for an inattentive ball boy to get creamed & sue the NBL! That said, the Little League's insurance should be paying, not the player or his parents' insurance.

    And honestly, I find it very hard to believe that a helmet bouncing around hit him hard enough to rupture his Achilles tendon. If I were that man, I'd be insisting on a second opinion first & foremost.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spacers View Post
    The boy didn't throw the helmet AT THE COACH. He threw it up in the air. There is no intent to harm, there is no negligence, and that's something you expect from little kids. Heck, you even see big leaguers toss their helmets toward the sideline. I'm waiting for an inattentive ball boy to get creamed & sue the NBL! That said, the Little League's insurance should be paying, not the player or his parents' insurance.

    And honestly, I find it very hard to believe that a helmet bouncing around hit him hard enough to rupture his Achilles tendon. If I were that man, I'd be insisting on a second opinion first & foremost.
    I don't agree with the bolded. Throwing something in the air that has the potential to cause harm is negligent in that you aren't exercising reasonable care. Whatever is thrown into the air will come down somewhere.

    If your neighbor threw a bowling ball in the air and it landed on your child's foot, would you dismiss it as "eh, he meant no harm"? Or would you expect your bills paid because the action of throwing a bowling ball into the air in and of itself is dangerous?

    That said, it sounds like the kids in the OP have a tradition of throwing their helmets into the air. Much like graduation caps. If you participate, you are assuming some of the risk. I'm sure part of the paperwork he filled out to coach addresses the potential risks.

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    If he'd thrown a 10-pound bowling ball, then I'd agree with you. A baseball helmet weighs less than half a pound, probably even less than that. It is not something you would or should expect to cause harm, especially to someone else when you throw it straight up. Regardless, the league should have insurance to cover injuries that occur during a game. I'll bet they looked at the extent of the claimed injury compared with what was done, and said, there's no way that helmet caused that injury. So now he's looking for a payout from someone else. I know a couple of people who have ruptured an Achilles tendon and it's always been the result of a pretty serious, direct blow, not a kid's helmet bouncing around. I just don't buy the story from the beginning.
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    I can't believe this guy is suing them. First of all, I highly doubt just a helmet caused his achilles to rupture. And, if it did, then it was was going to snap very soon anyway. Second - even if I agreed with this case, which I don't, then I would see his claim of how much he's looking for as completely above and beyond in regards to lost wages. My dh tore his Achilles about 6 years ago, and while he was in a boot for 6 weeks he was NOT immobile.

    I think this case should be thrown out, and the coach should have to pay back the legal fees the parents have incurred.
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    Yes, suing over this is stupid. But it goes further than that. The problem is he lives in a country with a medical system where he has medical bills from that. He has to find the money for that somewhere. If the US fixed the health payment shambles and moved to a sensible system then a lot of this litigation would be unnecessary.

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    Having been around baseball for most of my life, I'm having a really hard time seeing how this would cause that type of injury as well. I agree with Carolyn that I hope he not only loses but has to reimburse legal fees for the defendants... plus THEIR family's 'pain and suffering'.

    The only way that I see him *possibly* having a case would be against the Little League organizations (the league that this team was a part of AND the WHOLE organization) that have allowed this type of practice (tossing of helmets) to continue. As others have mentioned, this has gone on for years at all levels. I am unable to pull up the exact Little League rules -- more on that below - but found in several other youth baseball leagues that *deliberately* throwing a bat or helmet would be considered unsportsmanlike conduct. If the Little League organization has knowingly allowed the practice to continue, then that could be back on them -- not the parents/player.

    In a whole 'nother tangent, I found that the Little League organization REFUSES to allow their rules to be viewable for free to the general public... OR PARENTS/PLAYERS involved. Instead you must pay now pay a fee ($7 - $8 each) to receive a copy. Their reason cited:

    So the dogged lieutenant colonel contacted the league's regional office and asked for a copy of the rules. But a league official informed him that due to past litigation the league no longer makes the rules available to just anyone.
    It seems that some years ago parents of players who were injured in non-league games where league rules were used had taken to suing Little League. So the league decided to restrict the circulation of its rules on a need-to-know basis,...
    You can read more about how this is frustrating parents/kids here:

    Who's on First? Who Wants to Know, and Why?



    Seriously? Little League is more special than every other youth baseball, basketball, soccer, and FOOTBALL? They all manage and in some cases are required to post the league rules.

    If nothing more, that alone should give the child / parent a 'get out of jail free card' in that the COACH didn't share that bit of the rules with his player or their parents!

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