Monday, December 17, 2012

Olympic coach left with $8,100 credit card charge when tournament folds

Olympic High coach Ty Baumgardner has been left with an $8,100 charge on his personal credit card after a post-Christmas tournament his team was supposed to play in suddenly folded.

The nationally ranked Trojans were scheduled to play in the Gulfshore Invitational Dec. 27-31 along with about two dozen other top programs from around the country. Baumgardner prepaid $8,100 for 20 airline tickets for his team and staff, charging them to his personal credit card under assurances from tournament organizers that he would be reimbursed.

Last Friday, tournament organizer Alexander Getta emailed coaches, including Baumgardner, that the tournament would be canceled due to lack of sponsorships. Getta initially found another sponsor, but told coaches he would not be able to uphold a promised $10,000 travel stipend. Teams began to drop out and forced Getta to shutter the event.

That move left Baumgardner in a tough spot. US Airways, so far, has not been willing to reverse the airline charges. Baumgardner said it was offering a credit -- after a $150 fee, per ticket, to change iternary.

“It’s been a nightmare,” Baumgarnder said. “US Airways has been very helpful, but the people we’ve talked to so far have said their policy is tickets are non-refundable. They can give a credit, but it’s $150 to change destinations. We’ve been in contact with some higher ups to see if anything can be done because of this unusual circumstance. Maybe they’ll show some holiday cheer and help us out.”

-- Olympic is also out three games. It’ll be hard to replace them since N.C. public schools have a 24-game play limit and most schedules are filled. Private schools in the area are more flexible but Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has a rule preventing scheudling non-tournament regular-season games with privates.

As a last resort, Baumgardner said he might ask CMS to waive the rule, but he hoped to possible find games to fill the schedule.

Wertz column (link): This incident should open door for CMS to allow public-private competition

37 comments:

Anonymous said...

He did not follow CMS policy. The AD and Principal should be fired.

Anonymous said...

I'm sure the boosters will help him out.

Anonymous said...

I would immediately be in contact with legal counsel regarding the cancellation of the tournament and the cancelled stipend. This coach was trying to get his players national exposure in an effort to get them a shot at top college programs. I hope US Airways can find a way to get this resolved. As for boosters, Olympic isn 't run like some of the other "powerhouses" in town that get thousands from donors. Community support has always funded the athletics at OHS.

Unknown said...

Sounds like a civil matter. Plus that $150 fee not sounding too bad right about now. That amount would be easier to makeup. Coach got burned on this one.

Anonymous said...

Surely, a good civic supporter like US Airways would step up and refund the poor guy his money! PLEASE someone have some common sense here (I'm talking to you US AIR!!!)

Wiley Coyote said...

Call Ericka Ellis Stewart... I hear she has contacts at the Chamber and US Air and knows all about getting someone else to pay for tickets.

Wiley Coyote said...

Also, if this team has any college prospects, wouldn't buying these tickets and travel support violate amateur status?

Anonymous said...

The answer to Wylie Coyote is no.

Anonymous said...

We should be talking about a lawsuit against CMS and the public school.

Follow the MONEY. You will find the truth.

Anonymous said...

Ooooops. Got anything in writing? Always get the travel insurance for $20/ticket. Last resort is call your credit card and let them go after the tourney liars.

Anonymous said...

Langston, I am cutting him a check for $100 tomorrow. A coach trying to help his team and players.

Tournament organizers, game promoters, and combine companies. Some are great but a few bad apples will eventually ruin it for all but the largest and then more kids are left out. The national federation should require all tournaments be sanctioned by them and have insurance for this type of thing. btango

Unknown said...

I got shafted once, no wait more than once. And no one wrote a news article about it either. Waaa waaaa!

Anonymous said...

@11:14pm -when you got ripped off, did you bother to contact the newspaper? Were you ripped off whilst performing your job in social service and coming out of your pocket for about 20% of your annual salary to help the youths you were trying to help?

Anonymous said...

@9:40PM "Sounds like a civl matter"
...Thanks all their problems are solved...

Anonymous said...

@7:55
yeah that makes a lot of sense... fire the principal because a teacher used their personal credit card to fund a trip... duh Yeah that will really help retain dedicated talented educators on top of being totally pointless

Anonymous said...

A wileycoyote, how is playing in a tournament or paying to enter a tournament a violation of amateur status. Where are they getting paid?

Anonymous said...

@8:13 how are you sure the boosters will help out. I doubt they will cover all $8100. that is a lot of money for a small football program. I'm sure the coach wouldn't be in contact with the media if he thought he could get the boosters to cover it

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Anonymous said...

USAirways will not help anyone, good luck.

Mark said...

US Airways wants another $3000.00 just to change the destination, they will still be out the $8100.00. Airlines are one of the worst offenders of gouging and hidden fees. Should be regulated, soon.

Mark said...

I recently flew and was charged $40.00 for a second bag, $100.00 for it being 4 lbs over 50lbs and then when I checked in at the kiosk I changed my seat which I normally do and was charged another $32.00 dollars. I would have changed this but the key to back up would not work. I was in a hurry and did not have time to fight it. The Airlines are getting rediculous. I paid another $ $172.00 just on this leg. Same on the way back but without the seat change. And was charged over $100.00 on each leg of a connecting flight. In all over $500.00 in extra fees.

Anonymous said...

He did not follow CMS Policy he should be fired. Also half of those kids shouldn't be there. A lot of recruiting going on at Olympic. Weird how kids two kids leave Gastonia, One left United Faith. One went from Vance to Olympic then Kennedy Charter then back to Olympic

Anonymous said...

Had this worked out, and made the paper, we would all be applauding the efforts of a dedicated educator to help his players get exposure and possible college scholarships. If every teacher who fronted their own money for kids to go on field trips, play sports, or even have required supplies was fired, THERE WOULD BE NO TEACHERS LEFT. As far as the "mobility" of some of the players, sure, it's a great program and I'm not saying there isn't some amt of recruiting, but you also need to remember that OHS has a significant population of kids who DO move that much b/c of family issues (eviction, divorce, abuse, homelessness, etc.)Don't assume why a kid has gone to 5 different HS and 10 different elementary/middle schools. For those not lucky enough to have regular housing, it happens more than we would like to admit.

Anonymous said...

Your are absolutley right if teachers were punished for fronting there own money there would be no teachers left. As far a recruiting its funny how all those kids who maybe have unstable circumstances at Olympic have D1 basketball talent.

Anonymous said...

The athletic department just received $25K from CPI a few weeks ago. That should help.

Anonymous said...

That's what Bumgardner gets for being such a cheat! "What comes around, goes around!"

Anonymous said...

You people are a joke like the ole saying goes when you point fingers there always 4 pointed back at you smh olympic runs a clean program one of the best in the state I guess with success comes hate....but back to topic us airways should do something about this an cpi gave 25k to football not basketball

Anonymous said...

Football has received nothing from CPI money other than a few trinkets....check the records. CPI has made very generous donations to the Athletic Booster Club......

Anonymous said...

Why dont you interview the CMS Athletic Director to see if any rules were broken or call the NCHSAA to investigate.

What does she do for over a hundred thousand a year?

Anonymous said...

Basketball hasn't gotten money from booster club in along time.............

Anonymous said...

Clean program...check the roster. Then check the JV roster. You will see that they haven't had a player move up in almost 3 years. A program is a system, a system that develops talent. Not a team that brings in talent. They continue to bring in new players, just ask the parents of the last 3 season's JV teams who wanted to see some of their kids move up to varsity only to be deterred by a whole new crop of "recruited" players. No hate, just facts. Ask anyone.

Anonymous said...

I'm a teacher at olympic an I attend every home game don't know where your getting your info there are currently 3 sophmore who played on last years jv team on varisty two of the kids are in my school if I was you I would worry about my self sound like you have something personal against OLYMPIC

Anonymous said...

Where are you getting your information from? none of these kids were recruited, the kids who are new moved into the district just as kids do every year. how can you make such a statement when you have no idea what you are talking about. Olympic is a good school with a great basketball program. Please Stop the Hate...

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 6:38

Please don't let everyone know you are a teacher. With grammar like that you making a mockery of Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. No wonder they want to put teachers on "pay for performance"! You may have to pay the state with sentences structured that way. By the way, no hate. Just look at all the other schools, they get transfers all the time, kids move because parents move. All the transfers at other schools just don't "happen" to be high profile basketball transfers. You have a better chance at winning the Powerball than to have several elite players transfer into your school...unless of course, something "fishy" is going on.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a west charlotte or northside parent to me y'all no all about cheating. You guys basically wrote the book

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