What is the Miracle League?

The Miracle League is an organized baseball league for persons with disabilities enabling them to develop sport skills while also improving socialization skills and having fun playing baseball with their peers. The field removes barriers of a typical baseball field that can cause a child or adult with a physical or mental disability not to be able to play. To help minimize these barriers Miracle League teams play on a custom-designed, rubberized turf field that accommodates wheelchairs and other assistive devices.

The National Miracle League organization was started in Conyers, Georgia in 1997 and currently there are 275 Miracle League Organizations across the country including Puerto Rico, Canada and our newest member in Australia. The Miracle League is proud to serve over 200,000 children and young adults with disabilities.

Who does the league benefit?

The entire community! Obviously the players, but also their parents, coaches, buddies and any community member that attends or watches a Miracle League game benefits from the program. It is a special place with a wonderful mission that acts like a magnet bringing people to our community from other areas to watch, volunteer or play.

The Miracle League of Indiana County includes:

o the custom baseball field

o accessible picnic pavilion

o accessible restrooms

Where are the games played and when?

All games are played on the Miracle League Field located at the Indiana YMCA.

For the 2015 Fall Season:

• Youth Division games will be played Saturday mornings for 6 weeks starting September 5-October 10,2015.

• Adult Division games will be played Wednesday evenings for 6 weeks starting September 9-October 14,2015.

*See the Fall 2015 Season Schedule for exact times for each team.

How are the games played?

Typically each game lasts about 75 to 90 minutes. Miracle Division games are non-competitive in nature, with each player batting, running the bases and scoring each inning. Volunteers called “Buddies” will be assigned to each individual to assist throughout the game. There are no losers in this game, only winners with the score tied at the end of each game. The focus is more on participation than on winning. For the 2015 Fall Season the Miracle League of Indiana County does not offer a Competitive League.

Do I need to bring anything to the games?

Players are only required to wear their team uniforms (i.e. jersey and team ball cap, provided before the first game) and tennis shoes, cleats are not to be worn and are not necessary for the Miracle League field. Players are asked to bring their own glove if they have one, otherwise gloves are available to be borrowed. All other equipment (i.e. bats, batting helmets, balls) will be provided for players.

What are Buddies and how do they help?

Each player will have a “Buddy” at each game. This Buddy is there to protect the player from balls, assist the player in batting and running the bases and to be a friend on and off the field. Depending on the availability and number of Buddies, the plan is to have them assigned to the same child for the whole season. Buddies will receive a volunteer shirt to be worn during games. They are expected to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the game. Buddies start at age 12. Siblings, parents, relatives, and friends of players are eligible to be Buddies.

Contact Miracle League and Volunteer Coordinator Nicole Meier at miracleleague@icymca.org for more information.