WALNUT CREEK (CBS SF) — After months of games and hard work, a season-ending tournament for dozens of young soccer players has been canceled.
The tournament was cancelled after six elementary school fields were sprayed with pesticides.READ MORE: EDD Fraud: Fresno Man, Central Valley Inmate Plead Guilty To $103K Unemployment Benefit Scheme
Ten-year-old Elliot plays on the Stompers soccer team. He and his mom spent the weekend collecting signatures for their petition.
“We ended up getting 118 signatures,” Elliot said.
The duo has a game-plan to get the tournament back on after finding out the end of season soccer tournament was canceled for dozens of teams at the last minute.
Elliot’s mother, Anne Maze said, ” I didn’t understand their decision to just cancel the tournament prematurely before finding out if we could reschedule it.”READ MORE: Multiple People Shot Including Knoxville Police Officer at High School in Tennessee
You can’t blame the cancellation on the rain. Instead, blame it on Spectracide Triazicide, a pesticide that is sprayed annually on the fields at several schools in the Walnut Creek School District to kill insects on contact.
The only problem is that they sprayed right before a big tournament, killing those plans too.
The Walnut Creek Soccer Club sent out an email to families saying the decision to cancel was not made lightly, but was in the interest of the health of the players, spectators, and referees.
But this mom and son have one goal in mind: get the tournament back on at another time.
“I just want to play. Yeah, I just want to play,” said Elliot.MORE NEWS: COVID Schools: AC Transit Resuming Bus Lines For Returning Students In Newark, Oakland, West Contra Costa
Luckily for Elliot, plans are in the works to reschedule the tournament to the first weekend in December.