CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Several Kanawha Valley youth football leagues came to an agreement about who can play after a judge ordered them to negotiate their differences Thursday.
Some teams had requested an injunction against the Kanawha Valley Youth Football League, the Mountain State Elite Football League and the Kanawha County Board of Education.
They alleged that there had been an effort to exclude teams with a high percentage of black players.
Circuit Judge Paul Zakaib asked the presidents of the groups to mediate their disputes in a jury room, and after two hours of talks they told him they had reached an agreement.
The Kanawha County Board of Education was named in the injunction because many of the football games are played on school property. Board attorney Jim Withrow asked that it be dismissed from the legal action.
Olumbunmi Kusimo filed for the injunction June 7 on behalf of the Midwestern Youth Football Team and the Western Generals Youth Football Team. Those teams, and another from Dunbar, believed they had been denied full membership in the Kanawha Valley and Mountain State Elite leagues because of race.
They were admitted to the league only as independent teams that were not eligible to participate in playoff games, she said.
"We are ready to enter into an agreement," she told the judge after the talks. "But it does not detail every possible scenario."
Another hearing will be scheduled to bring the final agreement document before the judge.
But Kusimo said the agreement hammered out by the teams means the Western Generals and the Midwestern players will be able to become full members of the Kanawha Valley league and play at least two games each season.