The Wichita Falcons is the only competitive beep baseball team based in Kansas. Beep baseball is a modified game of baseball, using a ball that emits a beeping sound. There are only two bases; first and third. The bases, which emit a beeping sound to, are about four feet tall. The catcher and pitcher are in the batter’s team; they are both sighted. There are six fielders in a team, and all of them are blind or visually impaired. Everyone wears sleep shades or blindfolds so as to not give any advantage to players with some remaining vision. The defensive team is allowed two spotters, or sighted volunteers who call out the zone numbers and assist the team. Each game has six innings and four strikes. Games typically last 90 minutes. After the batter hits the ball, one of the two bases -- first or third -- emits a buzzing sound, and the runner must reach that base before a fielder can secure the ball. If the fielder can control the ball and hold it off the ground before the runner reaches the base, it is an out. If the runner successfully reaches the base before the ball is secured, they score a run.
During late spring and summer, the team practices on Saturday from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM at Linwood Park. Anyone interested in volunteering or playing beep baseball is invited to come and watch practice or contact the Wichita Association of Blind Athletes for more information at email@example.com