What is the Miracle League?


And of course, there's baseball there is something about playing the game that lights up a youngster's eyes. But for children facing serious physical and mental disabilities that opportunity can often be difficult to achieve.

Baseball diamonds weren't exactly designed with wheelchairs and crutches in mind. The Miracle League removes the barriers that keep children with mentally and physically disabilities off the baseball field and lets them experience the joy of America's favorite pastime. Since the main barriers for these children arise from the natural grass fields used in conventional youth leagues, Miracle League teams play on a custom-designed, rubberized turf field that accommodates wheelchairs and other assertive devices while helping to prevent injuries. But it's more than playing a game. 

A Miracle League is about making new friends, building self-esteem and being treated just like other kids. To help the athletes, the Miracle League uses a 'buddy' system, pairing each player with an able-bodied peer. The result is a bond that cannot be described. The Miracle League serves children who suffer from any physical or mental disabilities, which causes them to be excluded, whether intentionally or not--from conventional youth Baseball leagues. According to the 2000 Census Bureau's states there are 5.2 million Children in our country who have disabilities between the ages of 5 and 19 and with young adults that number increases substantially. The first Miracle League field opened in Conyers, Georgia in April 2000. Word spread and by 2002, fields opened in South Carolina, Alabama, West Virginia, Chicago, and California.

There are presently 225 plus Miracle League Organizations across the country including Puerto Rico and Canada., while serving 100,000 plus children and young adults. The Miracle League has an aggressive plan to help local communities build Miracle League complexes around the globe. As we plan to help build our first 500 fields which will serve 1.3 million children with disabilities.

Our players may not be able to run the bases or hit the ball as well as some of their peers, but they have an equal amount of love and determination to play baseball. We want to help them achieve that dream. 'Every Child Deserves a Chance to Play Baseball' Source: The Miracle League Miracle League of Plymouth is a Member of The Miracle League Associations, Conyers, GA


What are the Rules and Regulations for non-competitive?

  • Each player receives a team uniform and baseball hat.
  • Each player gets to bat each inning.
  • Each player gets to circle the bases to score a run each inning.
  • Every Player scores and is never called “Out”.
  • Two innings per team per game.
  • Game time = 1 hour and 15 – 20 minutes.
  • Each player has an assigned buddy for each game.
  • Teams consist of 13-15 players.
  • Players are assigned by request or by age group (12yrs and under or 13yrs+)
  • Each player receives a medal at the end of the season.
  • Teams use a 9 in. soft-core safety baseballs with synthetic cover or wiffle balls may be used.
  • Games are canceled in event of rain or inclement weather.
  • An umpire covers each game to call players safe on first and home.


I want to coach how do I do that and what are the guidelines?

  • Coordinates team activities with Assistant Coach and Team Parents.
  • Verifies that each player has a signed registration form.
  • Ensures that each player receives a uniform.
  • Provides players families with game schedules.
  • Maintains regular contact with players and their families to provide information on upcoming events or schedule changes.
  • Communicates concerns regarding specific players to the League Director
  • Arrives at field 30 minutes prior to game time.
  • Provides copies of team line-up to umpire and announcer before each game (player's name and number.
  • Manages team equipment and ensures its arrival before each game.
  • Assists players as they cross home plate.
  • Ensures that the game keeps moving to avoid running past the start time for the next scheduled game.
  • Undergo a background check.
  • Contact us at info@miracleleagueplymouth.org if you are interested in coaching.


How do I know if a game is cancelled due to weather?


On rare occasions we will decide to cancel a game or event.  This generally happens due to inclement weather - rain or extreme cold. The decision to cancel a game will be made 1.5 to 2 hours before the game and you can expect to be notified by various means including:.

 
Coaches Fan Out message to Players

Volunteers will be notified via email (signup.com)
Email from info@miracleleagueplymouth.org


Cancellation info will always be posted on our 
Facebook page.  If the weather forecast calls for inclement weather at game time, check or Facebook page for current status.



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