Beep ball makes baseball more inclusive

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COLLEGE STATION - A relatively new sport in the BCS community called beep ball is making America's pastime more inclusive, and becoming a game-changer for many in the area.

Glen Hopkins takes a long-distance drive every weekend to help coach the BCS Outlaws in beep ball.

"Right at 330 miles,” said Hopkins.

It's similar to baseball, but has a twist. Justin Romack is an outfielder. His favorite part of the game is diving for the ball.

"That feeling when I have assessed that it is time to jump, and I leave my feet and I just feel weightless - at that moment when I'm up in the air - it's incredible,” said Romack.

Hand-eye coordination will not help you on this field, since the game is for the visually impaired. You have to play this game by ear.

The beeping ball helps players get into the swing of things, it's all about rhythm and timing, and trusting you're senses.

Fielders have to hear the crack of the bat and follow the ball. Players have to run to one of two bases on either side of the field, which also beep. If you reach a base before the ball is picked up, it's a run.

Romack says since joining the team two years ago, everything has gotten brighter.

"I had vision until I was about 26 or 27…When your eyesight is dark and your outlook on life is dark - you can get really, really down,” said Romack.

Since there are several shades of blindness, players wear blindfolds.

"It's a level playing field for everyone - and truthfully there are no barriers on this playing field,” said Romack.

Hopkins knows the importance of the sport. He coached the Austin Blackhawks for years, leading the team to 7 national titles. Now, he's helping the BCS Outlaws take off.

"You can just see in their everyday life - the confidence that they had not only to play beep ball, but there work life and family life,” said Hopkins.

The Outlaw’s team is made up with both women and men, ranging from 15 to 45 years-old.

The sport allows them to travel and compete across the country.