Athletes with Disabilities
Interacting with Athletes with Disabilities
Some players face additional challenges when it comes to participation in baseball. Coaches, players, parents and umpires should be aware of how to interact with individuals with disabilities to better create a positive environment for everyone.
A basic understanding of disability has to start with person first language. The proper terminology can go a long way with your athletes and their parents.
Be aware that an intellectual disability may not be apparent. Consider how your information is presented during practice, and provide all of your athletes sufficient time to learn each new drill or activity.
Inclusive Baseball Tips
Modifications in equipment, environment and/or rules may be necessary in order to facilitate athletes' success while practicing or playing baseball. Be creative with your resources, and create an environment that is safe, secure and welcoming for all players.
Inclusive Out-of-School Time
Providing opportunities for all students to participate in quality out-of-school time (OST) programs offers students with disabilities the same chance to experience enrichment activities and to develop meaningful relationships with their peers in both their school and broader communities.
Inclusive Physical Education: Disability Awareness
There are a wide range of causes and degrees of physical and intellectual disability. As such, it is critically important to always consider the ability level of each individual. Remember that each individual is unique, independent of similar disabilities.
Inclusive Physical Education
Having a disability does not necessarily mean that a child cannot participate in the class or team activity. Adapting a movement activity to the child's abilities will allow them to participate fully.
Inclusive Physical Education: Teaching Style + Class or Practice Format
The goals and objectives for students or athletes with disabilities should include skill learning and regular physical activity, just like their peers. Teachers and coaches should aim to create an inclusive environment in which all participants can benefit.
Principles for Adapting Activities in Recreation Programs and Settings
Coaches are encouraged to continue to address the needs of players with disabilities as they would with any other player - professionally, patiently and with an open and imaginative mind. The goal should be to provide a quality experience for all members of the community - including people with disabilities.
Program Considerations for Integrating Children with Disabilities into Community Sports and Recreation Programs
A well-thought out, carefully designed school-based or community recreational sports program that takes into consideration the stressors and barriers faced by families who raise children with disabilities, can pay great dividends in the overall health and well-being of children with a variety of disabilities.
If an individual has a speech impediment or loss of vision or hearing, be patient with them and make sure to present information in a way that they can understand it. Regardless of the disability, if communication is difficult, consider using alternate methods like writing or spelling out words.
The Rationale and Benefits of Sport Participation for Youth of All Abilities
Youth who possess a specific disability may experience different benefits from physical activity through sport than their peers with other disabilities. Sports and physical activity cannot only increase the longevity of youth with disabilities, but they can also improve their quality of life.