Adaptive Baseball for the Blind

“Play ball” We like to, you know, come up with recreational activities for the blind & visually impaired so they go out and they can socialize, be physically active and integrate with sighted people in different games. You know, baseball is something that I’ve always been passionate about. I came across this Italian game which has been played for over 20 years. The first time I saw it was in 2007 when I was coaching baseball, regular baseball, in Florence. “You are allowed three strikes as in baseball.” One of my former ball players was instructing this game of baseball for the blind. “In order to orient myself, I call the first and the third.” To me it’s real baseball. They have to have many of the skills that are required for baseball and they have to implement them on the field. The only non-challenged player is the individual at second base who catches the ball from the defensive team when they throw it. Right now you have Italy, Cuba, Austria, Germany and France playing it. Hopefully in September we will kick off some more clinics and our goal is to put a team or two here in New York City so that we can compete. “Stop!” “Okay you’re safe!” [Cheers and applause]

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