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Coach: Playing kickball gives confidence to blind kids

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Beep kickball allows visually impaired children to enjoy kickball. (Source: CNN) Beep kickball allows visually impaired children to enjoy kickball. (Source: CNN)

(CNN) - Visually impaired kids can now play kickball.

Beep kickball is allowing visually impaired kids and kids without vision problems to play kickball together.

“It's played with three pieces of equipment. a kickball that beeps, two bases which buzz and blindfolds. All the kids wear blindfolds to equalize the differences in vision,” said Beep Kickball founder Judy Byrd.

Byrd says the rules are simple.

“The kids kicks the ball and he runs to the base that's buzzing. His job is to tag it before one of the five fielders out in the field, locates the ball and picks it up,” Byrd said.

Christopher Abel, 11, was born blind, and says he loves beep kickball.

“It's exciting when you feel your foot hit the ball really hard and then you know it's going flying,” Christopher Abel said.

Coach Melissa Allen says the benefits go beyond the physical.

“I think the sport itself it gives the kids a lot of confidence. A lot of times, visually impaired children are not able to play athletic team sports,” Allen said.

Christopher Abel's dad, David, says the freedom of running around is great for his son's confidence.

“For him it's just the running. Getting used to, with him being blind, running in an area where he's not going to run into something. He's not going to collide with somebody,” David Abel said.

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