Apr 6, 2010 6:08 PM

Youth Sports Struggles

More than two-dozen Southern Arizona parents have cried foul over a youth sports league. They say the league took their money and short-changed their kids.

George Mouradian is one of those parents. The Sahuarita father loves to play soccer with daughters Mya and Macy.

They love soccer so much... that George enrolled 11 year-old Mya in a soccer league back in June. But just a few days after that, bad news came from the ballfield. Not enough kids had signed-up for soccer. So George said the league told him they'd send him a refund of his $85 dollars in fees.

The league is called 'Southwest Youth Sports.' They've just changed their name to USA-SYS. George said he tried for weeks to get his money, but his calls and e-mails went unanswered.

The Better Business Bureau of Southern Arizona has received 27 similar complaints this year about Southwest Youth Sports. Parents upset that leagues are cancelled, but their money's not refunded. Some are owed up to $150.

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League operator Charles Sommers wouldn't talk with us on camera. In fact, his website says he's just closed his office.. and parents will now have to reach him through a p-o box.

But in an e-mail to news four, he said "We have had some financial hard times and we have had a few participants fall through the cracks on getting timely refunds."

Southwest Youth Sports is facing problems beyond refunds to parents. This past summer, the Amphi school district had to remove the organizations soccer teams from this field on Wetmore, because they say S.W. had handed them a falsified document, claiming to have liability insurance to cover the kids who play here. when they didn't.

In an e-mail to us, Sommers blames that problem on an expired liability form that was given to one of his teams.

So for that, and the refunds in question, Sommers says he'll address those issues and take the appropriate action.


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