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In Your Corner: Softball parents cry foul

OKLA. CITY – Hannah Dean hoped to be a big hit at softball camp.

“There were so many coaches [who were] gonna be there and it was supposed to be really good, one of the best camps,” she says.

The camp never happened.

Organizer, Andrew Heifner, sent Hannah’s dad and other parents an email notifying them of the cancellation, he said, “…due to low registration.”

Parents aren’t buying it.

Scott Powell paid about $200 for his daughter to attend camp.

Heifner promised a refund within 30 days.

When the refund never came, parents cried foul.  

Powell says, “If there was only a few of us and they cancelled the camp, I understand that if that was legitimate, but then the money should be sitting there.”

Just last week the Better Business Bureau put out a warning about Heifner and his company, Legit Softball LLC.

We know Heifner cancelled camps in Texas, California, Illinois and Oklahoma.

On his website he lists college scouts supposedly confirmed for the camps.

We did some checking.

A handful of those universities, like Ole Miss and Southeast Missouri State, had never even heard of Heifner.

They tell the In Your Corner team their coaches were never scheduled to be at his camp.

There’s more.

Heifner promoted Arrowhead Park in Broken Arrow as a host ballpark, except he didn’t have permission to be there.

There was no contract.

There was no permit.

Just like parents, our repeated calls to Heifner were not returned.

We know Heifner had parents send him camp registration money to an address just outside of St. Louis.

As of now it appears the money is gone.

John Miller is with the Amateur Softball Association of America, ASA.

He urges parents to ask plenty of questions, like is the deposit refundable?

He says, “Who is doing it? Where is it happening? Is it affiliated with someone?”

Hannah, just a sophomore, will get plenty more chances to get noticed on the field.

It won’t be at one Heifner’s camps.

The camp organizer sent players and parents several mass emails admitting his camp business is in the middle of legal proceedings.

We’re still waiting to hear from him on the status of the refunds.

We’ll check back.