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Beeperball: Blind Children Play Baseball with a Twist

Blind and visually impaired kids play a fun take on traditional baseball called beeper ball that puts their sense of hearing to the test.

It's a family affair, kids and their parents, played in the third annual beeper ball classic on the fields at the Joplin Athletic Center.

Batters step up to the plate and hit a beeping ball and score points by running to a beeping base.

A run is scored every time a player reaches a base before the defense picks up the ball.

The Midwest Low Vision and Technology Center continues to hold the event every year because they say it gives the kids confidence off the field.

"Instead of you know always having to watch from the sidelines and not being able to play sports in school beeper ball allows visually impaired children like myself to, you know, just be kids. You know, and get messy, run in the dirt, you know, be themselves, you know," says player Charity Pickup.

Guides on the outfield are only used to make sure collisions don't happen while everyone is going after the same ball. Organizers say this is the only beeper ball tournament for kids in the nation.

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