VIRGINIA BEACH – What happened when a youth football league tried to recover missing registration funds from an online sports management company – the same company that is holding nearly $40,000 in funds belonging to Virginia Beach Little League?
Seventy-three of the league’s parents were sued.
On Monday, Southside Daily reported that VBLL was missing $38,000 in registration funds. The league’s president, Doug Will, claimed that Texas-based Jevin was illegally holding those funds and that attempts to claim them had gone unanswered.
The local little league isn’t the first to make the claim against the company and its CEO, Dan Ptak.
Jeff Young, a volunteer parent with the Sky View Youth Football League in Logan, Utah, told Southside Daily that their league had been through a similar situation with Ptak and his company. The league fought with Jevin for months over $45,000 starting in January 2016.
“We went through the season, back and forth, and it was a nightmare,” Young said. “It was an absolute nightmare trying to get any information from Ptak.”
Young said the financial battle still continues and excuses from Ptak ranged from not being able to access the funds to the sudden death of a pet.
After the Utah league unsuccessfully attempted to collect registration funds, parents began filing claims with credit card companies to get their money back. After that, Young said Ptak used the league’s private information to send a letter to 73 parents demanding immediate payment for $10,000 in penalties the Texas company received from those credit card companies.
That fall – long after the end of the season for which the registration fees were nowhere to be found – Young said Ptak hit back with a civil lawsuit in Texas courts, suing dozens of parents.
Young and his wife Breanna, who serves as the league’s president, were among those Ptak sued.
“He’s a bully,” Young said of Ptak. “I’ve never dealt with the likes of this person ever in any business that I’ve ever done. No one has ever seen the type of business this guy does.”
Young said Texas lawyers hired to represent the Utah league told parents that had Jevin stuck to the agreement in the contract the penalties – and the lawsuit – would have never happened.
“The agreement states that Jevin will deposit the money next business day for all transactions,” Young said.
Ptak sent another letter to all Jevin users last summer which claimed the Utah league was “trying to publicly ridicule Jevin and take the company down” according to Young. Will said that Ptak also told him the Utah parents were responsible for Jevin’s funds being frozen, which prevented the company from dispersing VBLL’s funds this spring.
“I find it kind of interesting that Ptak could get all of the money, but he just can’t pay any of the money,” Young said.
Though the legal battle is time-consuming and frustrating, Young said what makes him most upset is that Ptak is continuing to hold funds from other leagues.
VBLL had not yet reached out to local law enforcement or credit card companies as of Monday to recoup the funds. Will said the league has been apprehensive because they were afraid of retaliation from Jevin and Ptak.
“All of our information, from contact info to rosters and schedules, was in the Jevin management system,” Will told Southside Daily on Monday. “We feared that if we took that avenue, Jevin might shut our season down. We didn’t want to impact the kid’s ability to play.”
VBLL has since partnered with another online sports management system, SI Play, to manage their database and handle registration fees.
Additional requests for comment to Jevin about VBLL went unanswered on Tuesday. Requests for comment about the Utah league were declined.
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