Savoy hosts Beep Baseball Tournament for visually impaired players

A Base in Beep Baseball (FILE)

SAVOY, Ill. (WCIA) – This weekend, a version of baseball designed specifically for visually impaired players is coming to Champaign County.

Beep Baseball has undergone several changes to make it easier for blind, partially sighted and blind players to play. Second base has been eliminated and batters have four strikes and one pass ball. All games feature a sighted pitcher and catcher who are trained to communicate throws. First and third base are heard with a constant buzz and the ball makes a constant beep to assist players.

The Beep Baseball games will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Savoy's Prairie Fields Park. Three teams from the Midwest – Indy Thunder, Chicago Comets and Gateway Archers – will compete. Two games are scheduled.

“Beep baseball is a real eye-opener for fans,” said tournament director Darnell Booker. “In beepball, we say silence is golden, but applause is necessary.”

Local politicians say it is an honor to host the tournament.

“Experiencing the athleticism and skill required for this accessible sport is an extraordinary opportunity for our community,” said Mark Brown, director of sports, events and film for Experience Champaign-Urbana. “We look forward to welcoming athletes and their fans to the area.”

You can read an overview of the rules of the National Beep Baseball Association here.