A St. Louis mother is filing a lawsuit after her son failed to make his high school varsity soccer team.
The mother of John Doe, named in legal documents, took out legal action Wednesday in federal court this week. She claims that the coach’s decision discriminates against her child. The boy played on the junior varsity team last year and the filing states that he is just as good to return back.
The school has stated that players that do not make the varsity level team are not able to return back to J.V., giving younger students a chance to develop their skills.
“[John] was right on the bubble of making the team this year and has some impressive attributes,” soccer coach Dave Aronberg told the family in an email. “However, there were a few holes in his game including technical ability and game decision making that put him behind a number of kids.”
The family still claims that age and sex discrimination are being used because the same rules apparently do not apply to the girl’s teams.
“Female juniors get to play on the female junior varsity team, but male juniors don’t get to play on the male junior varsity,” said the family’s lawyer, who has asked not to be named.
The lawyer explains to the New York Post that the current J.V. teams is missing 7 players to the usual total 25. So even if John Doe doesn’t get to start, he should be allowed on the team-because there is plenty of room.
Concerning John Doe’s passion about the sport:
“This was devastating to this kid. All he cares about is soccer.”
The family appealed to Doe’s school athletic director and superintendent but they both sided with Aronberg. He was not able to be reached for comment.
Doe’s lawyer has player performance ratings that exhibit how his client is better than some of the boys who made varsity. He ranks 19th out of the total 36 who tried out.
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