On August 13 an exciting and inclusive sport is being introduced to League City: Beep Baseball.
League City is partnering with the Christina Sullivan Foundation, the Greater Houston Association of Blind Athletes, the League City Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the Houston Hurricanes Beep Baseball team to host Beep Baseball, one of the few sports available to blind and visually impaired athletes. The event is open to anyone—both kids and adults—who wants to participate and learn about the sport. You do not need to have a visual impairment to attend and participate. Joining in the fun will be Bord Ford, the voice of the Houston Astros.
Ways To Participate
Player: For those who are blind/visually impaired. Sign up and enjoy a day on the ball field!
Unified Player: For those without visual impairment who want to support the sport and have fun! You will wear a blindfold to even the playing field.
Volunteer: For those who want to support the sport and help make the event a great experience for all involved.
Sign up to participate here: https://hipaa.jotform.com/form/221776906789172
Saturday, August 13
Hometown Heroes Park, 1001 E. League City Parkway
9 a.m. Warmup
9:30 a.m. Drills
How Beep Baseball Works
Beep Baseball is a version of baseball created specifically for blind and visually impaired athletes. It’s been around since 1976 and even has its own World Series every year. This year’s World Series was held July 24–31 in Beaumont.
The game works through sound and there are only two bases (first and third) and six defenders. The pitcher—the only player who is not blind or visually impaired—pitches a beeping ball to the batter. If the batter makes a hit, he or she will run to one of the two buzzing bases, which are four-foot-tall, padded cylinders. If they tackle the base before the ball is fielded by a defender, it’s a run. If they don’t, it’s an out. Everyone on the field wears a blindfold, so those with low vision don’t have an advantage over those who are completely blind.
Learn more about Beep Baseball here.