Families Invited to Play All-Abilities Baseball at McCormick Park

Missoula Parks and Recreation is teaming up with the All-Abilities Playground Project to host Missoula’s first adaptive baseball league for people with and without disabilities beginning Saturday, June 14, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at McCormick Park.  The free games will also be played July 19 and August 2.  Kids and adults are invited to these fun, “pick-up” style games.

Adaptive baseball equipment makes it possible for children and adults of all abilities to enjoy America’s pastime. Specially-designed bats can help those with mobility or grip issues “swing for the fences.”  Larger, softer balls are easier to throw and catch and some baseballs even beep to help those with visual disabilities enjoy the game.  Players are accompanied by a “buddy” if needed, who will help the player hit, field, and run/walk/wheel the bases.

all abilitiesBaseball games include refreshments for all, t-shirts for players, and a shaded “relaxation tent” for players to relax and regroup between innings.

Pre-registration is greatly appreciated, but not required. Families may pre-register for each game by calling 721-PARK.  Players can also complete a “Personal Game Plan” form to help Parks and Recreation tailor the game to the player’s individual needs.

McCormick Park is home to Silver Summit, a new, universally-accessible playground opening later this summer.  The All-Abilities Playground Project continues to raise funds to expand the playground.