Q: Recently tried out for the HS softball team but was rejected because they believed I would injure erbs palesy arm
I recently tried out for the HS softball team. I was nervous because I have erbs palesy making few things difficult. There are quite a few coaches maybe 5 and I had informed some of them about my disibility and each one had said it was fine. I went into the evaluation practice and gave it my all I was able to throw the ball and had absolutely no problem batting. When time came to announce the teams I had not made jv or any team for that matter but practically every girl who struggled did. I broke down because I new it was my disability that caused them to make the decision that they did yet I needed to make sure so my dad had made a call to the head couch to hear what she had to say. She told him that they believed I would hurt my arm but I had played football when I was younger and had no problem at all. I believe that was just an excuse so I wouldn't report her. I eventually went to talk to her and she suggested I try out for the track team. Do you believe this is discrimination?
More would need to be known before an attorney could properly evaluate your case, but feel free to give one a call as I believe this could be handled at a rather reasonable cost. The attorney would want to know 1) If a doctor has cleared you to play sports; and 2) Whether everybody made the team.
If you can obtain this information, it would be possible for an attorney to write a letter to the school to open negotiations for your participation in sports. Most schools will play hardball until an attorney gets involved. I am very sorry to hear this has happened to you, nobody should be treated differently due to the way they are.
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