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Baseball coach who threatened to have girl 'beaned' is dismissed

By KIMBERLEY HAAS
Union Leader Correspondent

April 20. 2018 1:27PM
Officials at the Oyster River Youth Association have dismissed the coach who threatened to have a child throw a baseball at a girl's head. (KIMBERLEY HAAS/Correspondent)



DURHAM — A volunteer baseball coach with the Oyster River Youth Association has been dismissed after he threatened to have an 11-year-old girl “beaned” if she was placed on his team during a draft meeting last month.

ORYA Director Matthew Glode said in an email Thursday night that they conducted a thorough review of the incident which included an independent local third party with law enforcement training.

Police in Durham were made aware of the incident but found the alleged threat did not rise to the level of a criminal offense.

Peter Ventura, who is the ORYA treasurer and major league coordinator, recused himself from involvement in the matter because he was at the meeting at Libby’s Bar and Grill in Durham when coach Jeff Robar said he would have another child “bean” the girl “right in the ear hole and she’ll quit instantaneously.”

Glode said no other board member had any connection with the baseball draft meeting on March 21.

“Based on its findings, ORYA determined that no player was or is in danger. Additionally, ORYA did not find evidence to substantiate the initial claim that several coaches were complicit,” Glode said.

Glode said ORYA will not tolerate any behavior that endangers any child and will not tolerate anyone who makes disparaging comments about a child because of his or her gender, race, sexuality, social status or family.

Glode said ORYA will review the team selection process for all sports and institute new oversight and controls where needed; enter into a yearly partnership with the Positive Coaching Alliance to provide improved training; provide additional training for volunteers to enhance player safety and well-being; and will take immediate measures to improve communication pathways for coaches and parents wishing to report complaints and concerns.


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