Alternative Baseball makes America's past time accessible for all

Posted at 6:39 PM, Jun 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-26 18:39:21-04

GEORGIA (WTXL) — Baseball is considered American's past-time, but many they don't feel comfortable or welcome to play the game in a traditional setting.

That's where Alternative Baseball comes in to level the playing field for everyone.

For Taylor Duncan, of Alternative Baseball, baseball has always had his heart. Sometimes, those associated with the game didn't understand him.

"As I got older, I still faced a lot of social stigma from those who had preconceived perceptions of what one with autism can and cannot accomplish," said Duncan.

Duncan, who is on the spectrum, decided to take things into his own hands.

"I couldn't imagine life without it to be honest with you," Duncan said.

Alternative Baseball was his answer. It provides a chance for those on the spectrum and with special needs to play ball.

"It isn't just a baseball game, it isn't just a baseball team or a program, I call it a baseball experience," said Duncan. "They all get to learn how to work together and build those team chemistry skills to really bring home that teamwork and camaraderie."

What started in 2016 with one team has blossomed to two dozen cities nationwide, and real baseball for players 15 and up with major league rules.

"The players pitch, whether they pitch 35 miles per hour or we have one in Charlotte and one in Atlanta who can throw in the lower 80's," Duncan said.

Duncan says he wants to make sure anyone of any ability is able to play.

"Everyone deserves the opportunity to play traditional baseball without fear of judgment," said Duncan. "We accept everyone for who they are and encourage them to be the best they can be, and instill confidence needed to fulfill dreams in life on and off the baseball diamond."

A dream to play and an opportunity for everyone, no preconceived notions allowed.

"When we're given the opportunity to show what we can do, when the perception is put aside rather than put against us, you never know what can happen when you give us the opportunity to show what we can do whether than focusing on what we can't," Duncan said.

Duncan said they have a grant for 12 new programs they want to start in south Georgia. New clubs will receive bats, helmets and catchers equipment.

For more information on how to become a coach and start a team, click here.