Please note: This version of the program will be the braille edition found in each of the team packets. This edition does not include any graphics.

Letter from Dan Greene, NBBA President

July 23, 2012

Welcome 2012 NBBA World Series participants:

I am very pleased to welcome everyone to the thirty-seventh World Series of beep baseball.
To all the returning teams and their families, welcome back, and to all new participants, I hope you enjoy your first NBBA national tournament. I would also like to welcome all our officials and volunteers. Your participation and dedication are greatly appreciated by everyone.
A great deal of work has gone in to ensuring that all the participants have a competitive and enjoyable experience at our first tournament here in Ames Iowa. My sincere thanks to the NBBA tournament committee, the Ames Convention and Visitors Bureau, the city of Ames Iowa, and to all the sponsors, for their tireless work to make sure this event is a resounding success.

So, why do we do this? What brings us back, year after year? It is certainly not for the money, the lucrative paychecks, or the multi-million dollar shoe endorsements.
One major reason, it’s because of the people that surround the game. It would be tough to find a more dedicated group who put in their time, their effort, and, yes, sometimes their money, to support this sport. Both at the national level, and at the local level, the people are a major reason we all keep coming back. Teammates, friends, family, spouses, spouses-to-be, they call to us each season, and we return. The other reason, of course, is the game. There’s a little kid sleeping quietly in all of us, who still loves the smell of grass, the crack of the bat, the thrill of a great fielding play, the roar of the crowd. That little kid wakes up every time we step onto the field, and take up our positions. That kid is a batter, a pitcher, a fielder, a spotter, an umpire—that kid is every one of us, and he is ecstatic each year when late July rolls around.
His dream is our dream, to play the game to the best of our abilities, to compete with our teams, not only against others, but against ourselves in an ongoing battle we call beep baseball.
So, for those reasons, and probably countless others, we are here in Ames Iowa, ready to take the field once again.
We are lucky to have a rather large group of teams this year. As the week progresses, teams will drop off, and others will win. From the team that wins the tournament to the team that finishes last, I congratulate all of you for attending this year. It’s extremely hard to move a team from early spring practices all the way to the World Series tournament. Your dedication is outstanding.
Once again, I thank all of you, both personally, and as president of the NBBA. My own journey through this game has been amazing, and it is due, in large part, to all of you, and the many people who have come before you.

Respectfully,
Dan Greene
President NBBA

Letter from Gary Schriver, Lions Clubs of Iowa

July 22, 2012

As proud sponsors of the 2012 National Beep Baseball Association World Series, the Lions Clubs of Iowa and the Iowa Lions Foundation graciously welcome all the many fine participants, families, friends and spectators to Ames, Iowa for this year’s spectacular events.
The Lions Clubs of Iowa and the Iowa Lions Foundation are just part of the 46,000 Lions Clubs, 1.35 million men and women volunteers in 201 different countries and geographical areas, meeting the needs of local communities and the world through the Lions Clubs International Motto: “WE SERVE”. Since 1925, when Helen Keller challenged the Lions of the world to become, “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness”; Lions have worked to prevent blindness, restore eyesight and improve eye health and eye care for hundreds of millions of people throughout the world. This continues to be one of our defining causes. We encourage you to find out more about Lions Clubs International, the Lions Clubs of Iowa and the Iowa Lions Foundation by speaking with one of the many Lions volunteers working the 2012 Beep Baseball World Series; or picking up some of our information displayed in different venues at the tournament.
The Lions Clubs of Iowa and the Iowa Lions Foundation wish the very best to all the athletes, families, friends and spectators at the 2012 Beep Baseball World Series in Ames, Iowa.

Thank you and have a great time!

Yours in Service,

Lion Gary M. Schriver, Chair
Lions Clubs of Iowa
Beep Baseball World Series Planning Committee

Letter from Ames Mayor Ann Campbell

Welcome to Ames!
Ames and Iowa State University are excited to have been chosen as the site for the 2012 National Beep Baseball World Series. Personally, I have already viewed the video of beep baseball, and am now looking forward to attending the event right here at home.
We are always pleased to welcome visitors from around the country and the world so we can share much of what we think is special about Ames, Iowa. We think our city offers many of the amenities of large cities, combined with small-town conveniences. Summer offers a host of outdoor activities, ranging from Thursday night band concerts at the Downtown Bandshell, swimming in our new state-of-the-art Furman Aquatic Center, frequenting the Saturday Farmers’ Market, or strolling through Iowa State University’s Reiman Gardens with its special LEGO® display.
Thanks to the fact that Iowa State University is home to a vast number of international students, the Ames restaurant market has a variety of dining options that cater to a wide selection of culinary desires. I sincerely hope you have already experienced some of the things that make living in Ames so unique and interesting.
Thank you for choosing Ames for this special event. We look forward to greeting you during your time with us.

Sincerely,
Ann Campbell
Mayor, City of Ames

Welcome Letter from Steven Leath, Iowa State University President

July 22, 2012

Welcome participants, families, friends, officials and guests from across the nation and Taiwan to Iowa State University and Ames for the 2012 NBBA World Series of Beep Baseball! We are proud to be selected as the first site in Iowa to host this important international athletic event and we hope everyone has a great time in our community.
Iowa State University is one of the nation’s leading public universities. It is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) and the Big 12 Conference of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). We have a rich tradition in education, research, and in service to the broader society. Our 30,000 students come from every state in the U.S. and more than 100 other nations. Each year, Iowa State and Ames host several major events, from the Iowa Games, Iowa and National Special Olympics, to the Odyssey of the Mind and Destination Imagination World Finals. These events bring thousands of visitors to our community and our campus to use our world-class athletic and educational facilities.
Iowa State is also known for its beautiful park-like central campus, which covers more than 1,100 acres. Its many buildings feature a broad diversity of architectural styles, ranging from beautifully restored classics like Morrill Hall and Carrie Chapman Catt Hall, to striking examples of modern architecture. The Parks Library is especially attractive with its blend of the original building with newer additions. Iowa State is also home to the nation’s largest public art collection, much of which is on display outdoors, including many famous sculptures by Christian Petersen. Other major public attractions include the Christian Petersen Museum and Textiles Museum in Morrill Hall, the Farm House Museum on the east side of campus and the Brunnier Gallery and Museum in the Scheman Continuing Education Building. All of this makes visiting our campus a very enjoyable and uplifting experience and I hope you will find time to take a leisurely stroll through it.
Thank you for coming to Iowa State University and Ames and we wish you the very best in the 2012 NBBA World Series!

Steven Leath
President, Iowa State University

What is Beep Baseball?

Spectators who witness today's style of beep baseball are generally delighted. They see athletes who are visually impaired dive onto the ground to stop a beeping ball or run full-speed toward the sound of a buzzing base to score a run. They see desire, determination, teamwork and, in many cases, skilled performances by players with visual impairment having fun in the midst of extreme competition.

Understanding the game is relatively easy, but there are differences from traditional baseball. In beep baseball, a contest lasts for six innings, unless more are needed to break a tie. A team has three outs per inning and umpires have the right to eject unruly players or spectators. Equipment has been modified to accommodate visually impaired players and, because of varying degrees of impairment, fielders and batters wear blindfolds.

Offense

The offensive player will do one of three things: hit the ball and score a run, hit the ball and be put out by the defense or strike out. Batters are allowed four strikes and one pass ball. The fourth swing must be a clean miss to strike out.
While there is no second base, the first and third bases are four-foot padded cylinders with speakers that give off a buzzing sound when activated. They are placed 100 feet down their respective lines, 10 feet outside the foul line. This is to prevent runners from colliding with defensive fielders. When a ball is hit, a base operator activates one of the bases and the runner must identify the correct buzzing base before the ball is fielded by a defensive player. If the runner is safe, a run is scored. There is no running from one base to another.
To better understand how the game is played, keep in mind that each team has its own sighted pitcher and catcher. The pitcher is based at least 20 feet from the batter and says, “ready” just before the ball is released. This alerts all players that the ball may soon be hit. As the ball is thrown, the pitcher says, “pitch” or “ball”. If the batter makes contact, one of the two bases is activated and it becomes a race between the runner and the defense.
However, the hit ball must travel at least 40 feet to be considered fair. A ball that travels 170 feet in the air is considered a home run and is worth two points, as long as the batter makes it to the buzzing base in 30 seconds or less.

Defense

Playing defense is the most challenging aspect of beep baseball. There are six defensive players to field the ball. Player placement varies from team to team, but most teams use the same numbering system to identify defensive positions: one, the first baseman; two, right fielder; three, middle, four, left fielder, five, third baseman, and six, back fielder.
There are also one or two sighted spotters positioned in the outfield, one on either side of the field. When a ball is hit, a spotter will instantly call the number indicating the general direction the ball is traveling. For example, a "three" call alerts the back fielders to move in toward the center of the field. A "four" call means the middle player will move laterally right, the third baseman will move laterally left. The players coordinate their defensive moves according to the number called. The players can verbally communicate with each other, however spotters cannot pass on further information and only one number may be called. If a spotter says more than the allowed number, the batter is awarded a run. All good teams have spotters with the ability to give out quick and accurate calls.
Unlike traditional baseball, a defensive player does not throw the ball to another player to record an out. Outs are earned by fielding the ball before the runner reaches the base.
Defensive players learn to use their bodies and the ground to block balls and then pick up the beeping ball and display it for the umpire’s call. In the umpire's opinion, the fielder must have the ball in hand and off the ground to constitute possession. Players do not typically catch balls in the air. Though many attempts have been made to catch a fly ball, in the NBBA's history, there have been only five documented cases of a hit ball being caught.

Statistics

Many teams keep individual statistics on their players. It is not uncommon for strong teams to have several players with batting averages of .500 or above.
Though a pitcher never fields or bats, his or her role is also critical and their success is in direct proportion to the number of runs their team scores. High earned run averages (ERA's) are preferable.

Starting a Team

Beep baseball has evolved into a wide-open, competitive game. Each year, new teams are organized and improved training and coaching methods are introduced. To start a new team, a minimum of six players with visual impairment and two players with sight are required. It is also important to have reliable equipment to prevent injury. If possible, new teams are encouraged to attend a number of games to observe how other organized teams handle various situations and team procedures.

2012 NBBA Beep Baseball World Series Schedule

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

ROUND ROBIN PLAY

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

DOUBLE ELIMINATION GAMES BEGIN
  • 6:30 am Hotel restaurant opens for breakfast
  • 7:00 am Fields set up at Southeast Intramural Complex
  • 7:00 am First bus leaves hotel lobby
  • 7:45 am Second bus leaves hotel lobby
  • 8:00 am Information/Volunteer tent opens
  • 8:00 am Doggie Day Care opens
  • 8:30 am Concessions opens
  • 9:00 am Game #1
  • 11:30 am Game #2
  • 2:30 pm Game #3
  • 4:00 pm First bus leaves fields for hotel
  • 4:45 pm Second bus leaves fields for hotel
  • 5:00 - 10:00 pm Hospitality Room is open
  • Thursday, July 26, 2012

    DOUBLE ELIMINATION GAMES CONTINUE

    Friday, July 21, 2012

    DOUBLE ELIMINATION GAMES CONTINUE

    Saturday, July 28, 2012

    CHAMPIONSHIP DAY

    Sunday, July 29, 2012

    Teams Depart
    2012 NBBA Beep Baseball World Series Brackets and Round Robin Pairings
    Bracket A
    Bracket B
    Bracket C
    Bracket D
    Bracket E
    2012 NBBA World Series Round Robin Pairings
    Tuesday, July 24, 2012
    Bracket A

    Game 1

    Game 2

    Game 3

  • 2:30 pm
  • Taiwan vs. Boston
  • New Jersey vs. Bye
  • Bracket B

    Game 1

  • 9:00 am
  • Chicago vs. Bye
  • Austin vs. Minnesota
  • Game 2

    Game 3

    Bracket C

    Game 1

    Game 2

    Game 3

    Bracket D

    Game 1

    Game 2

    Game 3

    Bracket E

    Game 1

    Game 2

    Game 3

    2012 NBBA World Series Team Rosters

    Austin Blackhawks

    Name Position
    Mike Finn Player
    Ricardo Florez Player
    Jonathin Flimming Volunteer
    Kenny Whittier Catcher
    Craig Cotton Player
    Danny Foppiano Player
    Mariano Reynoso Player
    Wayne Sibson Player
    John Bancroft Player
    Marge Bancroft Volunteer
    Renata Foppiano Volunteer
    Kevin Sibson Pitcher
    Rusty Reames Volunteer
    Glen Hopkins Volunteer
    Zac Arambula Player
    Pam Chesser Player
    Robert Perez Player
    Lupe Perez Player
    Brandon Chesser Player
    Axel Cox Player
    Nadine Finn Volunteer

    Bayou City Heat

    Number Name Position
    12 Blake Boudreaux Player
    20 JC Carter Coach/Catcher/Spotter
    14 Seth Clark Player
    Joseph Fleeks Player
    Michael Garrett Coach
    Peggy Garrett Volunteer
    Tanner Gers Player
    6 Greg Gontaryk Player
    11 John Kebodeaux Player
    Janet Leonard Spotter/Scorekeeper
    18 Darryl Minor Player
    8 Greg Roberts Player
    9 Lee Rodriguez Player/Spotter
    Mary Sauls Volunteer/Scorekeeper
    2 Jason Walters Player
    1 Jacory Wiley Player
    10 Darnell Williams Player
    Matt Adkins Spotter/Volunteer
    1 Alfonso (Fonzy) Medrano Pitcher

    Boston Renegades

    Number Name Position
    19 Darren Black Player
    15 Joey Buizon Player
    38 Joey Duggan Player
    81 Larry Haile Player
    46 Joe Mccormick Player
    23 Joe O’Neill Player
    14 Joe Quintanilla Player
    16 Aqil Sajjad Player
    29 Evan Silver Player
    64 Rob Thayer Player
    13 Dino Vasile Player
    10 JJ Ward Player
    44 Ron Cochran Pitcher
    33 Bryan Grillo Spotter
    00 Justin Manjourides Spotter
    62 Rob Weissman Head Coach/Catcher

    Chicago Comets

    Number Name Position
    28 Bernardo Barrera Player
    22 Salmaan Chaudhri Player
    11 Nick Lopez Volunteer
    Kathleen Mozdzierz Volunteer
    13 Wally Mozdzierz Player
    23 Chad Perry Volunteer
    21 Gilberto Ramos Player
    18 Warren Richardson, Jr. Player
    15 Richie Schultz player
    12 Jan Traphagan Volunteer
    31 Giovanni Francese Player
    6 Greg Fusco Player
    3 Kalari Girtley Player
    8 Cindy Grunze Volunteer
    Mark Grunze Volunteer
    1 Samantha Grunze Volunteer
    7 Sharena Gayten Player
    32 Yrral Harris Player
    17 John T. Herzog Volunteer
    34 Jose Leal Player
    30 Christopher Jackson Player
    10 Carrole Mardis Player
    36 Rondell Ferguson Player
    33 Christina Smerz Volunteer
    44 David Smolka Volunteer
    Terri Smolka Volunteer
    Samantha Smolka Volunteer
    Joe Wood Volunteer
    35 William Landram Player
    26 Gabriel Espinoza Volunteer
    4 Angelo Garcia Volunteer

    Cleveland Scrappers

    Number Name Position
    5 Ariane Redd Spotter
    7 Wilbert Turner Player
    10 Kevin Barrett Pitcher/Player
    11 Willam Turner Player
    17 Mike Dell Catcher/Spotter
    21 Richard Benesh Catcher/Player
    28 Jeff Bowersox Player
    35 Ron Cerri Spotter/Catcher
    37 Darren Jackson Player
    38 Andre Lewis Spotter
    60 Tony Guy Player
    61 Larry Rodriguez Player
    66 Stanley Griffin Player
    88 Todd Simmons Catcher/Pitcher
    89 Christian Keely Player
    99 Jeff Dell Player/Manager
    90 Charlie Keely Player
    Jordy Stringer Player

    Colorado Storm

    Number Name Position
    33 Jon Walker Pitcher
    24 Linda Walker Volunteer
    1 Tim Walker Volunteer
    15 Jake King Volunteer
    4 Andrea King Volunteer
    14 Corey Buckingham Volunteer
    31 Jimmy Peng Volunteer
    Cara Sumner Volunteer
    Patti Lopez Volunteer
    29 Karen Zamora Volunteer
    3 Rocky Zamora Player
    17 Ron Watson Player
    2 Demitris Morrow Player
    13 Orlando Dominguez Player
    5 Willy Clinton Player
    25 Steven Patten Player
    19 Stephen Lyles Player
    40 Paul Trujillo Player
    7 Frank Oldham Player
    11 John Parker Player
    74 Doug Biggens Player
    6 Chad Sumner Player
    8 Brett Sanders Player
    16 Esubalew Truneh (Ethan Johnston) Player

    Indy Thunder

    Number Name Position
    45 Jonathon Boggs Player/Catcher
    23 Darnell Booker Player/Manager/Pitcher
    88 Ed Brown Player/Catcher
    11 Jean Brown Player
    37 Louise Brown Spotter/Scorekeeper
    4 Mirriah Brown Spotter/Scorekeeper
    25 Ron Brown Coach/Player
    41 Troy Burris Player
    71 FaShandra Howard Player
    20 Paul Howard Player
    15 John Lombardo Player/Catcher
    32 Kathy Lombardo Spotter/Scorekeeper
    55 Donna Moore Coach/Pitcher/Catcher/Spotter/Scorekeeper
    7 Rochelle Tibbett Spotter/Scorekeeper
    17 Jason Ackiss Player
    Julie Ackiss Volunteer
    Jim Monza Volunteer
    Fran Monza Volunteer
    8 James Monza Player
    26 Robert Fairfax Player
    6 Nem Novakovic Player
    Kadi Logan Volunteer
    12 Elizabeth Mattsen Field Spotter
    Barbara McIntire
    9 Bruce Stewart Coach/Pitcher/Catcher/Spotter/Scorekeeper
    Denise Tague Coach/Pitcher/Catcher/Spotter/Scorekeeper

    Iowa Reapers

    Number Name Position
    1 Francesco Guerra Player/ Head Coach/Pitcher
    13 Nick Didonato Asst. Head Coach/Spotter
    22 Steven Kramer Pitcher/Spotter
    18 Michael Walker Catcher/Spotter
    31 Joe Meyer Spotter/Catcher
    17 John Patterson Captain/Player
    12 Julie Aufdenkamp Player
    7 Ben Lackender Player
    8 Steve Ryan Player
    Dolores (Dee) Butler Player
    Scean Atkinson Player
    Sheena Shelby Player
    Richard Sexton Player
    Debra Sexton Spotter/Scorekeeper
    23 Brittany Kramer Scorekeeper
    26 Louis Thompson Player
    30 Beau Borton Player
    9 Nicole Phelps Player
    Bren Sexton Volunteer

    Long Island Bombers

    Number Name Position
    16 Jim Hughes Player
    8 Matt Puvogel Player
    13 Alex Barrera Player
    23 Braulio Thorne Player
    55 Joey DeJesus Player
    93 Samantha Ambrico Player
    14 John Gilroy Player
    Michael Couglin Player
    Roger Keeney Player
    Jimie Burnette Player
    1 James Sciortino Pitcher
    6 Joe Puvogel Spotter
    Jackie Ambrico Volunteer
    12 Jeff Hottensen Volunteer
    Anthony Galante Catcher

    Lone Star Roadrunners

    Number Name Position
    4 Sam McKinzie Coach/Player
    19 Roy Eubanks Player
    1 Scott Hudson Player
    Cherry Hudson Volunteer
    9 Chelsea White Player
    11 Graham Mathenia Pitcher
    24 Tim Hibner Pitcher
    10 Sami Hibner Catcher
    8 Bobby Lakey Player
    21 Robin Lakey Scorekeeper
    Madison Lakey Volunteer
    3 Danny McKinzie Spotter
    23 Jhon Geeter Player
    Dessie McKinzie Volunteer
    Phyllis McKinzie Volunteer
    Daren White Volunteer
    2 Isaac Smit Player
    5 Andrew Bernet Player
    Mary Hibner Volunteer
    12 Billy Nelms Spotter
    14 Richie Krussell Player
    13 Dennis Lynch Player

    Minnesota Millers

    Number Name Position
    1 Deanna Callender Player
    3 Stephen Guerra Player
    7 James Mastro Player
    8 Kathy Quinn Catcher/Field Spotter
    9 Ryan Quast Player
    11 Evan Van Duyne Player
    14 Robert Moore Player
    15 Ben Goodrich Player/Field Spotter
    19 Dan Eliason Pitcher
    25 Doug Van Duyne Head Coach/Field Spotter
    32 Matt McCoy Player/Field Spotter
    33 Gary Boettcher Player
    42 Chris Peterson Player
    Tee Harris Field Spotter

    New Jersey Lightning

    Number Name Position
    3 Patrick Ralph Catcher
    15 Wali Salahuddin Player
    4 Clarence Fullerton Pitcher
    5 Omar Atin Player
    7 Ohmny Romero Player
    8 Tony Santiago Player
    6 Giovana Romero Volunteer
    10 Michelle Wadolowski Volunteer
    14 Douglas Winthrop Player
    18 Sherlock Washington Player
    19 Rich Koppenjan Player
    20 Kathy Wadolowski Volunteer
    24 Bill Kuzmin Pitcher
    25 Bob Ciecierski Manager/Coach
    21 Greg Para Pitcher
    35 Steve Rutch Player
    75 Frank Facio Player
    13 Rosanne Facio Volunteer

    RHI X-Treme

    Number Name Position
    1 Kyle Kennedy Volunteer
    55 Steve Michaels Player
    42 Liaa Michaels Volunteer
    11 James Michaels Player
    Connie Michaels Volunteer
    Lisa Rodriguez Volunteer
    25 Jerry Windell Player
    78 Demeili Wright Player
    5 Jared Woodard Volunteer
    22 Cara Fancil Volunteer
    6 Gary Warner Volunteer
    Rohnna Woodard Volunteer
    21 Clint Woodard Player
    99 Imran Ahmed Player
    Adam Rodenbeck Player
    37 Kyle Lewis Player
    27 Megan Pedigo Volunteer
    Mike McGloshan Player
    Dave Benney Player
    17 Brian Christian Player
    88 Michael Lewis Player

    Southwest Slammers

    Number Name Position
    21 Dan Greene Player
    23 Andrew Greene Player
    12 Patty Greene Player
    32 Pete Trejo Player
    99 Sam Griswold Player
    3 Kevin Lowe Player
    25 Olivia Duron Player
    10 Justin Tsinnijinnie Player
    Dan Kelley Player
    19 Joga Singh Player
    Jennifer Boylan Player
    18 Daniel Greene Coach/Pitcher
    14 Lucas Gayhart Catcher
    11 Alisha Miller Spotter
    Michelle Duron Spotter
    5 Haley Trejo Spotter
    9 Carly Bradford Pitcher/Spotter
    Cecilia Cornejo Volunteer
    Alice Catlin Volunteer
    Alana Catlin Volunteer

    Taiwan Homerun

    Number Name Position
    55 Vincent Chiu Player
    21 Rock Kuo Player
    24 Jimmy Chen Player
    52 Fernando Chang Player
    26 Jack Lai Player
    33 Jovi Sung Player
    56 Terry Huang Player
    23 Kent Ku Player
    60 Leo Lin Pitcher
    Hank Wang Catcher
    Alex Chang Volunteer
    Ella Chang Volunteer
    Claire Wang Volunteer
    Michelle Yeh Volunteer
    Yuki Shen Volunteer
    Ten-Huei Guo Volunteer
    Cajer Gong Volunteer
    Brice Hsu Volunteer
    Alex Lin Volunteer
    Phristopher Remy Volunteer

    Tyler Tigers

    Number Name Position
    55 Larry Reed Captain/Player
    33 Rosie Reed Player
    Lanashia Reed Spotter
    Ke’andrial Reed Spotter
    22 Jarmael Jones Pitcher
    Elzie Haskett Player
    21 Markita Lane Player
    24 Cazzie Kirk Player
    25 Tony Bush Player
    23 Phillip Traylor Pitcher
    12 Juliet Traylor Scorekeeper
    4 Dorothy Lechman Volunteer
    2 Mike Patterson Player
    Debra Ware Volunteer
    Larry Ware Catcher
    10 Reginald Merrick Player
    1 Christian Merrick Player
    Elexis Brown Scorekeeper
    7 William Miles Player
    8 Jonathan Barron Player
    32 Gregory McDuffie Player

    Wichita Sonics

    Number Name Position
    6 Jonathan Akin Player
    26 Charles Anderson Player/Co-Captain
    10 Debbie Brummer Player/Co-Captain
    5 Jeannette Burton Spotter/Catcher
    4 Sarah Kilgore Spotter/Catcher/Player
    46 Mike Miller Spotter/Pitcher
    41 Clayton King Pitcher/Catcher
    2 David King Catcher/Pitcher
    29 Josh Sisson Player
    Terence McCall Player
    9 Anne Cyboron Player
    32 Ali Rajabi Player
    38 Matthew Lassai Player
    37 Nicole Stephens Spotter/Player
    11 Thomas Nguyen Player
    19 Cleo Stephens Player
    8 Mikaela King Spotter
    7 Kevin Burton Coach/Player/Pitcher/Catcher

    Field Staff

    Name Staff Position
    Kenny Bailey Head Umpire/Home Plate Umpire
    John Lykowski, Sr. Home Plate Umpire
    Kemp Price Home Plate Umpire
    James Hosch Home Plate Umpire
    Mike Woodard Home Plate Umpire
    Mike McGuire Home Plate Umpire
    Merri Taylor Home Plate Umpire
    Dave Taylor Home Plate Umpire
    Karren Lykowski Scorekeeper
    Linda Bagley Scorekeeper
    Glenda Cole Scorekeeper
    Jerry Cole Scorekeeper
    Sylvia Redman Scorekeeper
    Katie Mathenia Scorekeeper
    Barbara McIntire Scorekeeper

    History of Beep Baseball

    There are two conventional ways to enjoy baseball, as a fan or as a player. Though only a small percentage of players actually make it into the major leagues, thousands of people, at varying degrees of success and levels, joyously charge out to their positions on fields and sand lots to the cry of "play ball."
    Thirty years ago, that privilege was not an option for persons who lacked sufficient vision to play the game. Regardless of their desire and potential skill, these people had no option to play in a baseball game, as the game was for sighting people only.

    A solution came in 1964 when Charles Fairbanks, an engineer with Mountain Bell Telephone, presented the blind community with a momentous gift, the first beep baseball. Fairbanks implanted a small beeping sound module inside a normal-sized softball. The Telephone Pioneers of America developed basic playing rules and also devised a set of cone-shaped, rubber bases that contained sound units to emit a high-pitched whistle. These efforts laid the foundation for the game and play began in schoolyards across the country.

    Unfortunately, the Telephone Pioneers' well-intentioned game of beep baseball did not receive the anticipated response and adoption. The equipment frequently did not function properly and visually impaired players had a difficult time sorting out the conflicting sound of the beeping ball and the whistling base. The playing rules were also very restrictive and protective equipment of face masks and chest pads were mandatory.
    Recreational rehab instructors soon found out that the players were not responding to the game because it moved too slow and provided little action or challenge.

    In the spring of 1975, a very important event happened when the Minnesota Telephone Pioneers presented John Ross, Director of the Braille Sports Foundation (BSF), with a newly designed beep ball. The new beep ball was a 16-inch ball with an improved sound module designed to withstand the impact of solid hits. Ross took the ball and, along with some of his other blind friends, began experimenting with new rule adaptations to make the game more like regular baseball.
    Word of the experimental game spread across the Mississippi River to a group of blind athletes in St. Paul. Dennis Huberty, organizer of the St. Pautites, contacted Ross and competitive beep baseball was born. The two teams engaged in weekend games throughout the summer and wrote a new set of guidelines that became known as the 'Minnesota Rules'. The concept was a modified version of baseball that would allow the visually impaired to play the sport with honor and dignity.

    Feeling Sports, a monthly publication of the Braille Sport Foundation, started carrying accounts and results of the experimental games between BSF and St. Paul. Phoenix and San Francisco also took interest and a series of games was set for later that fall.
    To ensure the success of beep baseball, Feeling Sports held a meeting to discuss the future of the game. Though only twelve people arrived at the preliminary meeting, the "dirty dozen" were able to address the future goals and objectives for the new National Beep Baseball Association (NBBA) It was here that plans were put in place to hold the first Beep Baseball World Series that coming September.
    The championship series was set at Dunning Field in St. Paul. This was a good facility for spectators, but the dirt field was hard on the players. After all of the dust had finally settled, the tournament was declared a major success. Over 1,500 fans filled the bleachers to cheer the local St. Paul Gorillas on to the first NBBA national championship by beating the Phoenix Thunderbirds by a score of 36 to 21.

    Successfully conducting the first World Series of Beep Baseball provided the kind of clout and credibility that the NBBA needed to assume the role as the governing body of competitive beep baseball.
    In the years since the initial games and rules were established, beep baseball has spread both nationally and internationally.
    Since its establishment, beep baseball has evolved into a highly competitive game for visually impaired athletes, both across the country and internationally. Each year, the sport continues to grow with new teams, fans and support.

    The Legacy of Jim Quinn

    As one of the founders of the NBBA, Jim Quinn was considered one of the best players in the history of the NBBA. Known as the “Ted Williams” of Beep Baseball, Mr. Quinn was a powerful hitter and an all around good athlete. More importantly, Jim Quinn was the embodiment of the NBBA goal of enabling those who were blind or sight impaired to reach their full potential through participation in athletic competition. Jim Quinn’s life is a model for all of us.

    A gifted athlete before he lost his sight to Diabetes, Jim did not shy away from any challenge. His love of sports enabled him to overcome his impairment and lead his life to the fullest. An award given to Jim Quinn in 1975 sums up how much he was admired and why this award is given in his honor. It said, “Jim Quinn. A man whose blindness only made him a bigger winner.” This is the essence of Jim Quinn. He is a role model for us all and this is why the Jim Quinn Award was so named.

    The Jim Quinn Award is the National Beep Baseball Association’s (NBBA) most prestigious honor and is presented each year at the NBBA Beep Baseball World Series to the individual who best exemplifies the spirit of Jim Quinn.

    The spirit of Jim Quinn is that of courage and humility, of leadership by example and deed, inspiration by overcoming adversity and by always giving 100 percent effort, sportsmanship and dedication to promoting sports for the visually impaired.

    Jim Quinn’s positive impact on the lives of others both during his lifetime and now is his lasting legacy. His greatness lives through this award and each recipient is the torch bearer of his legacy.

    Previous Jim Quinn Award Winners

    Dan Tracy Award

    Dan Tracy joined the NBBA in the mid-1980s. He and his late wife, Dede, dedicated many years to the game of beep baseball both in Oklahoma City and on the national level. Dan was an umpire and was instrumental in bringing structure and professionalism to the NBBA officiating crew. He wrote the first umpire manual in 1991, while serving his first term on the NBBA Board of Directors. Later, he also authored the official NBBA Rules book in 1998.

    In 1997, and again in 1998, Dan was part of an NBBA team who made a couple of trips to Taipei, Taiwan to introduce the game of beep baseball to the blind in that nation. Dan provided extensive umpire training to the Taiwanese to get prepared to host the first ever beep baseball tournament held in Taiwan in May 1998. In 2000, Taiwan then hosted the NBBA World Series and Dan again served as head umpire while teaching and training local officials.

    In 1992, Dan Tracy’s dedication to the game of beep baseball was recognized as he was awarded the Jim Quinn Award at the World Series in St. Louis Park. A further example of Dan’s faithful service to those who are blind and visually impaired and the sport of beep baseball was his commitment to helping out with the local Oklahoma City Regional Tournament, usually held each June, for numerous years. This was capped off by Dan helping host the 1998 Beep Baseball World Series in Oklahoma City.

    Dan retired from officiating in 2003, but his service and his lasting impact to the game of beep baseball has not been forgotten. This led to the NBBA Board of Directors to conceive an award to honor those officials and special unsung volunteers who many times are overlooked.

    On March 6, 2004, the Dan Tracy Award was established to recognize the outstanding field official at each World Series tournament. Field officials include scorekeepers, base switch operators, base judges and field or head umpires.

    Previous Dan Tracy Award Winners

    Past NBBA Beep Baseball World Series Champions

    Year Champion Runner-Up 3rd-Place Host City
    1976 St. Paul Gorillas Phoenix Thunderbirds Minneapolis BSF St. Paul, MN
    1977 Minneapolis BSF Sioux Falls De-Lighted Phoenix Thunderbirds Lawrence, KS
    1978 Minneapolis BSF Phoenix Thunderbirds St. Paul Gorillas Phoenix, AZ
    1979 Minneapolis BSF Houston Bombers Fort Worth Road Runners Wichita, KS
    1980 Fort Worth Road Runners Albuquerque Tru-Sight Houston Bombers Dallas, TX
    1981 Albuquerque Tru-Sight Dallas Bandits Minneapolis BSF Houston, TX
    1982 Albuquerque Tru-Sight Fort Worth Road Runners Minneapolis BSF Minneapolis, MN
    1983 Fort Worth Road Runners Minneapolis BSF Albuquerque Tru-Sight Minneapolis, MN
    1984 Albuquerque Tru-Sight Fort Worth Road Runners El Paso Sun Devils Albuquerque, NM
    1985 Albuquerque Tru-Sight Chicago Bluff North Bay Nemesis Minneapolis, MN
    1986 Albuquerque Tru-Sight Hayward Blaze El Paso Dust Devils Palo Alto, CA
    1987 Albuquerque Tru-Sight Houston Bombers East Bay Blaze Ithaca, NY
    1988 Albuquerque Tru-Sight Chicago Bluff East Bay Blaze Austin, TX
    1989 Albuquerque Tru-Sight Austin Blackhawks Houston Bombers Topeka, KS
    1990 Indianapolis Eagles Chicago Bluff East Bay Blaze Chicago, IL
    1991 Fort Worth Road Runners Indianapolis Eagles Chicago Insight Houston, TX
    1992 Austin Blackhawks Chicago Cobras Minneapolis BSF St. Louis Park, MN
    1993 Austin Blackhawks Fort Worth Road Runners Chicago Cobras Austin, TX
    1994 Austin Blackhawks Chicago Bluff Fort Worth Road Runners Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    1995 Austin Blackhawks Lone Star Roadrunners West Coast Dawgs Denver, CO
    1996 Austin Blackhawks Lone Star Roadrunners Chicago Bluffs Austin, TX
    1997 Austin Blackhawks Wichita Sonics West Coast Dawgs Topeka, KS
    1998 Austin Blackhawks West Coast Dawgs Wichita Sonics Oklahoma City, OK
    1999 West Coast Dawgs Austin Blackhawks Fast Star Comets Sacramento, CA
    2000 West Coast Dawgs Kansas All-Stars Fast Star Comets Taipei, Taiwan
    2001 West Coast Dawgs Kansas All-Stars Oklahoma City Bombers Strongsville, OH
    2002 Bayou City Heat Oklahoma City Bombers Austin Blackhawks Glenview, IL
    2003 Chicago Comets West Coast Dawgs Oklahoma City Bombers Denver, CO
    2004 Taiwan Homerun Kansas All-Stars Cleveland Scrappers Columbus, OH
    2005 Taiwan Homerun Kansas All-Stars Chicago Comets Houston, TX
    2006 Taiwan Homerun West Coast Dawgs Bayou City Heat Cleveland, OH
    2007 Kansas All-Stars West Coast Dawgs Chicago Comets Rochester, MN
    2008 West Coast Dawgs Kansas All-Stars Bayou City Heat Rochester, MN
    2009 West Coast Dawgs Taiwan Homerun Bayou City Heat Stockton, CA
    2010 West Coast Dawgs Taiwan Homerun Kansas All-Stars Rochester, MN
    2011 West Coast Dawgs Taiwan Homerun Chicago Comets Indianapolis, IN

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