In Beep Baseball, both the baseballs and bases are modified to emit an audible beep, which allow visually disabled players to fully engage in the game. Understanding the game is relatively easy, but there are some differences from traditional baseball:
Because people with vision impairments often still possess some degree of vision, every player, whether they are sighted or vision impaired, is required to wear a blindfold to create an even playing field.
There is no second base.
First and third bases (four foot padded cylinders with speakers) contain sounding units that give off a buzzing sound when activated.
The batter does not know which base, first or third, will be turned on. When the ball is hit, the base operator activates one of the bases.
The runner must identify the correct buzzing base and run to it before the ball is fielded by a defensive player.
If the runner is safe before the defensive team has possession of the ball, a run is scored.
The 2017 BEEPball Tournament is presented by CarpetTech
Lubbock's only BEEPING baseball tournament is a community transformation project of Alström Angels.
Alström Angels is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit charity.