He’s a 7-year-old Canadian kid, Grayson Powell, and he was bowling on a team of 3 players. He bowled the highest score he’s ever bowled before, a 171 (which is higher than I think I’ve ever bowled, so go him!). That got him and his team into the victory stand at a regional competition.
But then the team was disqualified. Event organizers, after the team had already won, came over to the kids and their families, informing them that Grayson had violated the competition dress code of “black pants.” Grayson’s pants were a “faded gray” rather than the black pants that were required.
It turns out that some of the parents on the opposing team had brought Grayson’s pants to the attention of officials, and they had to make a call and enforce the rule. Grayson’s father says “Parents ruin it for kids. If this is what sport is about when it comes to kids … shame on them.”
The father also mentioned that the pants were never questioned before the games ever began. He later found out that the issue was in fact brought to the coach’s attention early in the game, but the coach decided to continue play without relaying information to the parents.
The league actually had to post to Facebook about the situation, trying to set the record straight from their side of things, and you can see that post here (it’s a long read). In it, the league states that the parents of the children knowingly violated the dress code, and basically that they don’t understand why people are so upset with them, and accused Grayson’s dad of raising his voice, cursing at officials on the phone, and generally making a scene.
It really seems like much ado. We understand a dress code for a competition, but we also understand that they’re 7-year-olds playing a game. What do you think?
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