Baseball coach Shawn Phillips has been suspended for the rest of the season because he prevented 9-year-old David Gut, who has Asperger's syndrome, from playing in tournament games:
The 9-10 Sandy's Tire team from the LaBrae Athletic Club, whose team finished the regular season 15-3, played without David, despite numerous attempts by his father, Jeremy, to get ahold of his coach Shawn Phillips.
"Our coach didn't tell us about tournaments," said David, 9, as he watched Monday's game between Sandy's Tire and Newton Falls' Zip Lube in a 9-10 Cal Ripken championship game at Burbank Park. "Then, he told everyone else we went on vacation. Before this (Monday's) game, he told us how they had the tournament games already."
Even after being suspended for preventing a disabled child from playing, Coach Phillips continued to make the child feel bad about his own unethical actions:
Phillips then reached out to Jeremy and told him Monday around 12:30 p.m. that the title game started around 6 p.m.
"He apologized to me," Jeremy said. "He let me know that the game was going to be here tonight around 6 o'clock. He won't be here though because they suspended him.
"He said there will be 10 boys in the dugout upset about this, which kind of caught me off guard because he's trying to turn this situation on me because of what he did."
Amanda Camurati points out something exciting about the proposed "quiet section" that the New York Mets might create for autistic people and others who would prefer a somewhat less noisy experience. While the trend toward "sensory friendly" special events is wonderful, this model would help include autistic people at all games:
While many organizations have set aside specific dates and events for families, the Mets could be the first to institute a permanent section available for all games and events. That would make them a national model -- not just for sports franchises, but for other entertainment venues as well.
All children should go to a baseball game. All children should be able to see a movie. One section at one stadium won’t change the world, but it could be the spark that starts the fire.
Coach Tim Frisbie had told Bailey Robinson's parents that it would not be safe for the 11-year-old boy, who has autism and epilepsy, to play alongside other children of his age. Last night, however, Bailey's father Billy Shea announced that the boy will get to play after all:
Shea contacted 24 Hour News 8 Wednesday night after a closed-door meeting with the coach and the town's league director. Shea said he, his wife, Frisbie and director Don Barnhard sat down to talk about Bailey and his place on the team.
Shea said after much discussion, they all agreed that Bailey would remain on the team with other 11- and 12-year-olds.
The compromise is Bailey will wear a helmet with a protective face mask and a protective vest.