WHAT IS THE ALTERNATIVE BASEBALL ORGANIZATION?
Alternative Baseball is a developmental/instructional sports organization that teaches social and physical baseball skills to apply both on and off the field to teens and adults with autism and special needs.
IS THERE AN AGE LIMIT?
While you must be at least 15 years of age to participate, there is no maximum age limit.
DO I HAVE TO HAVE EXPERIENCE TO BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROGRAM?
While experience is nice, it is not required. Even if you have no prior experience, we will teach you all the basics (and then some) that you will need to know to get through a real game.
IS IT ONLY FOR TEENS & ADULTS WITH AUTISM (ASD)?
No, there are participants with down syndrome, learning difficulties, etc. As long as you know your limitations, you're good to go.
WHAT WOULD I NEED TO SUPPLY FOR PRACTICES?
Only your fielding glove and your willingness to learn. Other things, batting helmets, bats, etc. are optional. Bats are also supplied by the program. It is also recommended to bring your own bottled water to practices and games.
WHERE ARE THE GAMES AND PRACTICES HELD AT?
Please see the "Find Us" tab for an Alternative Baseball club near you!
WHAT DO YOU DO IN THE PRACTICES?
Everything your typical competitive team does: Warmup stretches, drills, batting practice, fielding practice, baserunning, etc. Practices aim to be tailored to each individual in order to set them up for success.
HOW ARE THE GAMES STRUCTURED?
We have umpires who come and officiate the games, giving the games a competitive feel, however we have some exceptions:
I. We primarily use wood bats to preserve the professional quality and purity of the games. We also use a softer ball than all other leagues.
II. Each player (when hitting) is pitched a ball either overhand or underhand, and are challenged based on their ability.
HOW CAN I SIGN UP TO PLAY/PARTICIPATE?
Download and sign the form, then follow further instructions listed on this page: