World Series of Beep Baseball returns to Ames

Staff Writer
Story City Herald

Ames and Iowa State University will host 20 beep baseball teams from across the United States during the 2016 National Beep Baseball Association (NBBA) World Series, July 26-30.

Teams competed in round-robin pairings on Tuesday, July 26, with double-elimination tournaments beginning on Wednesday, July 27. The public is invited to attend all the World Series games at the Southeast Recreation Field Complex, across from Jack Trice Stadium. Admission is free. Find out more by visiting amesbeepbaseball.com.

Beep baseball is an adaptive version of baseball that was developed for blind and visually impaired athletes. The game is modified with specialized baseballs that emit a rapid beeping sound so the players can hear them. Blindfolded players must rely on the sound to field the ball, while batters run to large padded bases that send out a unique buzzing noise. The batter’s goal is to reach the base before an outfielder retrieves the ball. If the batter is successful, the offensive team scores a run. If not, the batter is considered out. The game is played with three outs per inning for six innings.

The National Beep Baseball Association (NBBA) was officially formed in 1975. The NBBA World Series is the highlight of the beep baseball season and has been played annually since 1976. The 2016 World Series will be the second time this premier event has been hosted in Ames, Iowa.

“We’re extremely excited to be returning to Ames, Iowa, for the forty-first Beep Baseball World Series,” said Dan Greene, NBBA President. “The 2012 Series in Ames was a wonderful event, and we are looking forward to yet another incredible experience. While we love the game more than I could ever describe, the World Series can’t happen without the support of people and organizations like those here in Ames. Come out to the fields and enjoy the game with us!”

The 2016 NBBA World Series is being presented by the Iowa Lions Foundation. Other 2016 World Series sponsors include the Des Moines Lions Outreach Club, Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau, Quality Inn & Suites Starlite Village Conference Center, Alpha Copies & Print Centers, National Beep Baseball Association, FastSigns, Adaptive Sports Iowa, Trophies Plus, Rotary Club of Ames, Ames Lincoln Center Hy-Vee, Pizza Ranch-Ames, Knoxville Lions Club, Iowa State University, Mary Greeley Medical Center, Iowa Department for the Blind, Ames Noon Lions.