ALTERNATIVE BASEBALL(R) is a non-profit who brings a true baseball experience to teens and adults 15+ with autism and other special needs.
Taylor Duncan founded the Alternative Baseball Organization to provide an outlet with many different purposes and goals for teens and adults with autism and other special needs... The purpose of the program is to provide a competitive, yet accepting, environment to accept those for who they are, encouraging to be the best they can be, and to instill the confidence for each player to fulfill their dreams in or outside the sport of baseball. In short, the program is in an endless pursuit to break barriers and to power through perceptions. This includes participation in practices with drills (such as warm-up stretches, batting practice, drills for fielding/baserunning, etc.), real umpired games, experiences tailored to each player's ability level, and on occasion, special events which are heavily promoted to the public. Alternative Baseball provides players with the experience to learn and grow their social skills for later in life.
Spring 2016 brought the organization a very successful inaugural season. The Atlanta International Umpires jumped on board and volunteered their umpires for all of the games. In Fall 2016, the Alternative Baseball Organization took on yet another challenge by hosting the 1st Annual All-Star Game. The All-Star Game is a project developed by Taylor Duncan to provide players in the program the chance to play alongside and against former/current professional baseball players from leagues across the globe.
The 2nd Annual All-Star Game was played at the same venue with people watching in person and through the Internet. Professionals who have participated in the All-Star Game include Brian D. Barton (former Brave/Cardinal), Bobby Scales (former Cub), Anthony Lerew (former Brave/Royal), current Braves skipper Brian Snitker, and many more with minor league and independent level experience.
Alternative Baseball has been featured in the media on numerous occasions including television & radio media in Atlanta, Columbus (GA)/Auburn/Opelika, Macon (GA), Spartanburg/Greenville/Asheville, Washington D.C., Chattanooga (TN), Baltimore, and New York City. Alternative Baseball has also appeared on national television including ESPN BASEBALL TONIGHT and NBC’s TODAY Show. In the past, the Alternative Baseball Organization has had an exhibit on display at the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in Macon, Georgia.