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Public meeting Wednesday to discuss La Vergne little league season

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LA VERGNE, Tenn. -

Hundreds of kids in La Vergne may not have a baseball or softball season this spring.

Over the last few days, parents found out through Facebook and word of mouth that the city of La Vergne cannot go through with an agreement they had reached with the La Vergne Baseball and Softball Association (LBSA).

The LBSA is comprised of about 60 teams with more than 800 players, ages three to 18.

"The LBSA was unable to provide the city with necessary documentation of corporate and non-profit status, so the city is exploring other opportunities to provide baseball and softball leagues to its residents," the city said.

Parents like Elizabeth Townsend are upset and confused.

"It's confusing," said Townsend, "I think the most confusing part of it is that we don't really know what's going on and we haven't really been told everything. And I think being in limbo is really the hardest part."

Townsend's two young sons play in the league and she and her husband coach.

"We are behind our kids 100 percent," Townsend told Nashville's News 2. "The last couple of days I've been on the phone with numerous parents and coaches and I have no doubt our parents and our coaches [are] stepping up to whatever challenge we face."

Mike Catanese, the Commissioner of the LBSA, said he had no idea their organization had not properly filed non-profit paperwork.

"Everything was fine all these years," said Catanese, "I really didn't know any different. We always just complied with whatever the city requested every year."

He added that he hopes the city can work something out because he knows there is a mutual goal of having the kids play.

Hundreds of families have already paid the LBSA for the season, but Catanese told said that they are going to refund everyone.

The city of La Vergne is hosting a meeting Wednesday, March 27 at 7 p.m. at the city hall.

Kathy Tyson, a spokesperson for the city, said their main goal is to keep the season going.

"That right there is the most important to us," said Tyson, "To make sure that the children to get to play ball this season."

Refunds for LBSA will be available at the following dates, times and locations:

  • Tuesday, March 26 from 6:30 until 8 p.m. for ages 3-4 Rookie League, ages 5-6 Softball and ages 7-8 Softball
  • Thursday, March 28 from 6:30 until 8 p.m. for ages 5-6 Baseball, ages 7-8 Baseball and 10+ Baseball
  • Friday, March 29 from 6:30 until 8 p.m. for ages 9-11 Softball, 12+ Baseball, 18+ Baseball and 18+ Softball

They will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn & Suite Conference Room located at 2631 Highwood Blvd., Smyrna, Tennessee.

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