Commissioner of #Alternative #Baseball (2019) diagnosed with #autism at the age of 4, Taylor Duncan loved baseball. But, it seems that the game didn’t love him; at least NOT traditional, organized baseball. Due to his autism, coaches were afraid he would be hurt. He turned to a local church league that played ‘slowpitch’ softball. Taylor wanted to be the best he could be, but even with all the practicing of mechanics and skills, most times he was sidetracked to the bench. Deciding to turn his disappointments into a dream of being on a baseball team, he established his own team.
Yahr (2021) tells us to ‘bring your glove and get on the field’. She writes that players can be of any or no experience to participate in Alternative Baseball. There are opportunities for boys and girls, teens and adults (ages 15+) to play traditional baseball, judgement free.
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Our Sonny enjoyed a brief season ‘playing’ Challenger Little League, as a youth. The team had community sponsors who provided equipment, uniforms, and made baseball cards for the each team. Taylor Duncan’s Alternative Baseball seems like the next step. Look for a team near you. Or, start your own!
Duncan, T. (2019). Commissioner – Alternative Baseball; Retrieved online from – https://www.alternativebaseball.org/
Yahr, N. (2021). Bring Your Glove & Get on the Field: A baseball league for people with autism & disabilities is on deck for Madison; Retrieved online from – https://madison.com/ct/news/local/neighborhoods/