*Beep baseball is the equivalent of America's favorite pastime for the blind or visually impaired, but with a few differences:
- There are only two bases; first and third. The bases, which emit a beeping sound, are about four feet tall. Players run toward the beeping base after the ball is hit.
- The catcher and pitcher are in the batter’s team; they are both sighted.
- There are six fielders in a team, and all of them are blind or visually impaired. Everyone wears sleep shades or blindfolds so as to not give any advantage to players with some remaining vision.
- The defensive team is allowed two spotters, or sighted volunteers who call out the zone numbers and assist the team.
- Each game has six innings and four strikes. Games typically last 90 minutes.
*Source: The Chicago Lighthouse
Here is a video example of beep baseball. It is our dream to develop this further in Kansas City. If you would like to help make that happen financially as a sponsor, or as a volunteer or player, please contact Rick Haith, TWP's Recreation Outreach Coordinator at 816-627-2222; email@example.com.