Faculty in Physical Education Teacher Education and Athletic Coaching Education are using an innovative, hands-on technology called Beep Ball to “practice” how to teach baseball to individuals with visual impairment.
Beep Ball is a baseball-like game that uses a large beeping softball. Non-visually impaired players wear blinding goggles to neutralize their sight, but the differences don’t stop there. In this game, only first and third bases are used, which are blue and stand five-feet tall. Each team’s pitcher pitches to their own batter. Electronics inside each base create a buzzing sound when a player makes a hit, which tells the batter where to run. The batter scores if they reach the base before the ball is fielded.