Photo Day scheduled for October 29; click here for schedule.

A Special Buddy/Athlete Relationship

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Buddies play a very important role in the success of the Miracle League and we are grateful to have the support and commitment of so many buddies.  While their primary role is one of assisting the player in every aspect of playing baseball, some take it a step further.

During the Cardinals game on April 30, several people noted the role of a buddy assisting one of the Cardinals players, Michael, who is blind. Michael’s buddy, also named Michael, not only assisted him in batting, circling the bases and ensuring his safety in the field, but he also conducted his own “play by play” of everything that was going on.  After each pitch, Michael, the buddy, would lean over and tell Michael, the player, exactly what was going on.

Whether in the field, on the base paths or in the dugout, Michael, the player, was able to enjoy the game in a manner very similar to a sighted person. The relationship between these two young people was something that literally brought tears to those who observed the special bond created by one individual who was committed to making the day a special event for the athlete he was supporting.

To Michael, the buddy, we say thank you not only for your commitment to the League but for showing a unique and caring effort to make the games a memorable experience for Michael , the player.  We appreciate both of you and applaud the bond forged in a very short period of time.  This is what the Miracle League program is all about.

See you at the Ballpark!

Under the Lights … and more!

The Miracle League of Southlake held its first games “under the lights” on October 26.  Games played were make up games for dates originally rained out.  Two games were played by competitive teams and two games were played by Majors teams.  Everyone involved seemed to really enjoy the opportunity to participate on a wonderful day.

As a reminder, the annual photo day will be held on October 29.  This is an opportunity for all teams to have team photos and individual photos taken so please plan to be there for the scheduled photo session.  This is also parent appreciation day. We know that the league would not be possible without the enthusiastic support from parents, family and friends.

Following each game, players, coaches and families will be directed to the pavilion inside the playground at Bicentennial Park.  Please join us for this special day.

The Batting Order

 

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The Miracle League of Southlake is blessed to be able to serve the needs of young athletes with widely varying disabilities.  Of the 14 players assigned to the Cardinals roster, 9 of them are wheel chair bound, creating the potential for challenges in managing the batting order since there is limited room in each dugout. Through the combined efforts of Coach Tammie Aeppli, her assistant Lara Burnside and team mom Christie Fine, they defined a solution that makes this a very manageable process.

At the beginning of each inning, Christie calls out the batting order and players line up in the dugout in order with the last person to bat being the first person to enter the dugout.  To watch this process work as well as it does is a credit to everyone involved, including buddies who are responsible for ensuring that each player is in his/her proper position in the duogut.

This is yet another example of the commitment made by so many of our league volunteers to ensure that game day is a memorable experience for the layers.  In the end, however, there is just as much enjoyment on the part of the volunteers as for the players themselves.

Join us on game day and experience the joys of a Miracle League game; games continue through May 21.  See you at the ballpark!