7/7/2014 4:12 P.M. ET
Students from Miami Lighthouse for the Blind to play in annual Beep Ball Classic at Marlins Park on Tuesday, July 8
Media is invited as Beep Ball technology makes baseball possible for kids who are visually impaired
By / MLB.com
MIAMI - The Marlins Beep Ball Classic will be held at Marlins Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 8. Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, a 2014 Marlins Foundation Charity Partner, will join the Marlins organization for the event as 35 Miami Lighthouse blind and visually impaired teenage summer camp students and 35 Marlins interns, volunteering through Marlins Ayudan, will team up and compete in Beep Baseball.
The 2014 Beep Ball Classic marks the fifth annual Marlins Ayudan Intern event. Competition is expected to be heated. Three games will be hosted simultaneously at Marlins Park, with one taking place on the main diamond. The teams are comprised of a mix of Miami Lighthouse blind and visually impaired teenage students and Marlins interns who will play the game blindfolded.
Beep Ball is an adaptive version of America's favorite pastime for the blind and visually impaired. There are some differences from regular baseball. There is no second base. First and third bases, four foot padded cylinders with speakers, are placed 100 feet down their respective lines and 10 feet off the foul line. This is to prevent a runner from colliding with a defensive fielder. The bases contain sounding units that give off a buzzing sound when activated. The batter does not know which one 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, a run is scored.
Following the games, awards will be given out to players and teams who exhibit most team spirit, sportsmanship, best team name, best team chant, and wackiest team. The competitive and playful nature of the Beep Ball Classic brings to life Miami Lighthouse for the Blind's slogan - 'It's Possible to See Without Sight™'.
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