Ryan Huizdos has Albinism, which means he has very little pigment in his skin, eyes and hair. It also means he has trouble seeing objects that are white. So you can imagine that a baseball hurtling through the air is extremely difficult to track.
To solve this problem, Huizdos' parents asked that Little League pitchers use a yellow ball when pitching to their son -- while still using the white baseball for the rest of the game. The request was quickly accommodated -- until Little League's higher-ups found out.
According to MLive.com, league officials quickly reminded the organization that a yellow ball could not be used -- even given the child's unique circumstances.
"When they found out about the yellow ball, he was told he couldn't use it," says Huizdos's mother, Kelly. "It was against rules and regulations, because it wasn't the same model they used in the tournament. We still want to fight this so that in the future my son won't have to deal with this again."
The 13-year-old's parents were understandably outraged -- but they also had support from other people within the Little League organization, some of whom vowed to fight the decision or even disregard it entirely.
One Little League representative from the boy's local area in the Detroit suburbs continued to permit the use of a yellow ball for the boy.
"He said, 'I can probably lose my job for this, but I want your son to have the advantage of the yellow ball,'" Kelly says. "And he told us that they asked for his resignation because he went above their heads and gave my son permission to use it."
Huizdos's parents have sent paperwork to the U.S. Attorney's office in hopes that Little League will be pressured to accommodate a child's disabilities.
"We don't want any trouble," Kelly says. "We're just asking for a very small accommodation from a nationally known group that's supposed to be looking out for the welfare of the kids."