“Every Child Deserves The Chance to Play Baseball”
The Miracle League of Michigan Featured on Channel 7
Thank you Ann Marie LaFlamme and Channel 7 for featuring a story on our Miracle League of Michigan. (An Easter Seals Michigan program.)
Our league is raising funds to complete our new Concession/Restroom/First Aid building for our families and we are seeking donations to complete this much needed building.
This building will provide shelter from the sun and rain under our pavilion roof, a “special needs” restroom with power changing table for our children, and a new concession stand. (Funds generated from concession help fund the league.)
The Miracle League of Michigan literally changes lives and not just for our children with special needs. It provides their families the opportunity to do something they never dream possible… watch their kids play baseball.
Please consider a donation to our league for the completion of this new family Concession/Restroom/First Aid building and visit our league for a game this summer. You’ll see first-hand how your donation helps make dreams come true for 400 children and their families every year at our field in Southfield. (Directions to our field)
Thank you in advance for considering a donation.
(For more Sponsor Donation Information CLICK HERE.)
What is The Miracle League of Michigan?
What is the Miracle League? It’s hope, determination and a display of human spirit that is unequaled. And of course…there’s baseball.
There is something about playing the game that light up a youngster’s eyes. But for children facing serious physical and mental disabilities, that opportunity can often be difficult to achieve. Baseball diamonds weren’t exactly designed with wheelchairs and crutches in mind.
The Miracle League removes the barriers that keep mentally and physically disabled children off the baseball field and lets them experience the joy of America’s favorite pastime. Since the main barriers for these children arise from the natural grass fields used in conventional youth leagues, Miracle League teams play on a custom-designed, synthetic turf field that accommodates wheelchairs and other assistive devices while helping to prevent injuries.
But it’s more than playing a game. The Miracle League is about making new friends, building self-esteem and being treated just like other kids. To help the athletes, The Miracle League uses a “buddy” system – pairing each player with an able-bodied peer. What results is a bond that cannot be described.
Our Miracle League of Michigan Baseball Leagues
Original Non-Competitive League – Ages 4 and up
This is our Original, Non-Competitive League. Every player fields/hits and gets on base every inning and there are no outs. Kids love this Fun, Self Esteem Building league. Players must beat least 4 years old to participate and no baseball experience required. “Able-bodied” Buddies or family members are partnered with each player to assist and protect them during games. Adaptive plastic bats and safety balls are used and no score is kept.
Non-Competitive leagues play one game per week either on a Thursday or Friday night at 7:00pm or on Saturday at either 11:00am or 12:30pm or Sunday at 12;00pm or 1:30pm for 10 games. Your one game per week will fall in only one of these slots and change weekly. Players must supply and wear their own WHITE baseball pants and wear tennis shoes. Food and drink is available at our full-service concession building.
–The rules are simple:
- Every player bats once each inning (each game has two innings)
- All base runners are safe
- Every player scores a run before the inning is over (last one up hits a home run)
- Community volunteers serve as “buddies” to assist the players
- Each team and each player wins every game
COMPETITIVE LEAGUE REGISTRATION
This COMPETITIVE League is for players who have the ability to make plays and hit the ball WITHOUT assistance. Although this league is coach-pitch, balls are pitched from the mound at a higher speed and hitters use metal bats. (See rules below) If a player has not played in this league before, they must try out for the league. Balls are hit at high velocity, and players must be able to protect themselves.
Competitive teams play one game per week on a Tuesday night at 7:00pm or Saturday at 2:00pm. Commitment to attend most games is a must and coaches may have additional practice days. Players must supply and wear their own WHITE baseball pants and wear tennis shoes. Food and drink is available at our full-service concession building.
Rules: No balls or strikes called, 8 pitches without a hit equals an out. 3 outs or 5 runs ends the inning. Games are 4 innings and last 90-minutes. Standard Little League rules apply and players must make plays unassisted. Players can use wheelchair or walker but must hit and get to the bases on their own. If your player can hit a ball with a metal bat pitched from the mound and has the ability to catch, field and throw, this league is a good choice for them. See example of our competitive league by clicking here: MLM Competitive Baseball League
The Miracle League of Michigan is a charitable organization that provides children with disabilities an opportunity to play baseball as a team member in an organized league. There is something about playing the game of baseball that lights up youngsters’ eyes, but for those with disabilities, that opportunity can often be a difficult first step. The Miracle League of Michigan gives these individuals the opportunity to get out in the sunshine, and enjoy playing the game of baseball in its purest form.
Dylan can’t walk but that doesn’t stop him from rounding second base. Jennifer has Down’s syndrome, but our League has given her more self-esteem than her parents ever dreamed possible. Kaliegh can’t hear, but the cheers of his teammates have never been louder. The Miracle League of Michigan gives hundreds of individuals something few dreamed possible, the chance to play baseball.
During each Miracle League of Michigan game, every player is given an opportunity to hit the ball and score a run. Team members are assigned “buddies” who assist them in hitting the ball and “running” the bases. Buddies can be fellow schoolmates, parents, college students, business leaders or anyone who wishes to volunteer their time to give a child the gift of baseball
The idea of building specially equipped baseball fields was born in Georgia when a boy in a wheelchair showed up to play in a youth baseball program. One of the coaches took the boy as a member of his team. After that, Georgia’s Rockdale Youth Baseball Association organized games for 35 players with special needs. Soon it became evident that, while the idea was extremely well received by the children and their families, conventional baseball fields were inadequate for children with disabilities.
The grassy turf was very difficult for their wheelchairs, walkers and braces to navigate, and bumps and irregular surface made moving around awkward and dangerous. This spawned the idea to build a field with a special surface that was safe and easy to navigate for those with disabilities. A field was designed with a custom synthetic turf and handicapped accessible dugouts, restrooms and drinking fountains. This was the beginning of what is now called The Miracle League.
The point of the game is less about baseball and more about fun! The benefits gained by everyone involved are tremendous. The child’s self-esteem grows, they make friends, become less isolated and “just become a regular kid, not a kid with a disability.”
The Miracle League of Michigan is Michigan’s first adaptive baseball field and was founded in 2004. Today we serve 400 children and adults with special needs and have added a bowling and dance program as well. Our league is funded by companies and individuals who are truly making dreams come true. If you are interested in sponsoring a team or our league visit our Sponsor Page. General donations can be made from our Donation Page.
The Miracle League of Michigan is now a program of Easter Seals Michigan.