BEEP BASEBALL

WHAT IS BEEP BASEBALL?

This variation on “America’s Pastime” is designed to be played by those that are visually impaired or blind, and shares most rules with the traditional game with a few subtle differences. All players wear blindfolds no matter the level of blindness except the pitcher and catcher. The pitcher, catcher and batter are all on the same team, with the fielders being the opposing team. Games are typically 6 innings. Here are some other aspects and rules of beep baseball:

  • No second base, only first and third.
  • Bases are padded cylinders with speakers placed 100 feet down the foul line ten feet off the line.
  • One of the speakers sounds when a hitter connects with a fair ball, and the hitter must then make it to the correct base. They are “out” if a defending player grabs the ball and holds it up before the hitter reaches a base.
  • No base running; a batter is either put out, strikes out or scores a run
  • Batters are given four strikes and one ball. To strike out, the last swing has to be a complete miss of the ball.

WHO

Beep baseball is designed for those who are blind and vision impaired. The game also requires sighted volunteers to serve some roles to insure safety of all participants.

WHERE

Practices are held at the Harding Middle School soccer field (east of the school). Games and tournaments involve travel.

Harding Middle School

203 E Euclid Ave

Des Moines, IA 50313

WHEN

The team practices throughout the spring and summer on Sundays.

2022 Schedule:

June 12th: 1-2 pm

July 10th: 1-3 pm

In the case of bad weather, changes will be posted in the Iowa Reapers Facebook group.

COST

Adaptive Sports Iowa provides the balls, bats, eye shades, and uniform for all volunteers and players. The players and volunteers are responsible for their footwear and any lodging and travel costs for competitions.


IOWA REAPERS TEAM INFORMATION

The Iowa Reapers are a competitive beep baseball team organized and operated by Adaptive Sports Iowa.

Beep baseball is an extremely fun game, and Adaptive Sports Iowa is proud to sponsor the Iowa Reapers, Iowa’s beep baseball team. Players of all skill levels are accepted! If you are interested in joining the team as a player or volunteer please contact at 888-777-8881 or info@adaptivesportsiowa.org

Interested in participating?

Adaptive Sports Iowa is proud to host the National Beep Baseball World Series

Girl playing Beep Ball
Man Swinging bat in Beep Ball
Man running in Beep Ball
Man throwing ball in Beep Ball

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