Alabama State Games Miracle League Baseball Competition

MIRACLE LEAGUE BASEBALL: Competition Dates: June 10 & June 11 (if needed)

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Our players may not be able to run the bases or hit the ball as well as some of their peers, but they have an equal amount of love and determination to play baseball.  We want to help them achieve that dream.

There is something about playing the game that lights up a person’s eyes.  But for children and adults facing serious physical and mental disabilities that opportunity can often be difficult to achieve.  Baseball diamonds weren’t exactly designed with wheelchairs and crutches in mind.

The Miracle League removes the barriers that keep children with mental and physical disabilities off the baseball field and lets them experience the joy of America’s favorite pastime. Since the main barriers for these adults arise from the natural grass fields used in conventional leagues, Miracle League teams play on a custom-designed, rubberized turf field that accommodates wheelchairs and other assertive devices while helping to prevent injuries.

But it’s more than playing a game. The Miracle League is about making new friends, building self-esteem and being treated just like other athletes.  To help the athletes, the Miracle League uses a “buddy” system – pairing each player with an able-bodied peer.  The result is a bond that cannot be described. The Miracle League serves children and adults who suffer from any physical or mental disabilities, which causes them to be excluded, whether intentionally or not, from conventional Baseball leagues.

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Tournament Directors:
Tournament Rules: 
  • Every player bats once each inning.
  • All base runners are safe.
  • Every player scores a run before the inning is over (last one up gets a home run).
  • Each team and each player wins every game.
  • Two innings per team per game.
  • Game time is approximately 45 minutes in duration.
  • Volunteer buddies will be provided to players by the Miracle League of Dothan, as needed. 
Entry Fees & Deadlines: 
$100 per team received by May 19, 2017
Age Divisions:
  • Each team can consist of ages 6 and up.
  • State Games gold medals will be awarded to each participant on each team.
  • Water World Dothan Waterpark passes will be provided for Miracle League participants.
  • The Rotary Miracle Playground, which is equipped for individuals with special needs, will be open free of charge throughout the weekend for participants to enjoy.
  • This event is a great opportunity to showcase Miracle League baseball! 
Hotels: Click the hotel icon to view the special participant rates from our hotel partners. Make sure you are booking your room through a hotel partner of the Alabama State Games to take advantage of the reduced rates. 







Additional Event Information

Additional information about Miracle League Baseball and the overall Alabama State Games event activities, including Opening Ceremony, can be found in the tabbed section below. Use the tabs on the left to reveal the section you want to view. 

Don't miss the Olympic-style Opening Ceremony festivities on Friday, June 9

National Peanut Festival
5622 US-231
Dothan, AL 36301


3:00 PM - Gates open for the Alabama State Games Fan Fair festivities.

  • T-shirt pick up, fun activities, food and product vendors, music, Olympic Day giveaways and much more! 

5:00 PM - The Athlete Leadership Summit.

  • A platform for athletes, coaches, parents, spectators and volunteers to learn the importance of academic excellence, good citizenship, responsibility, leadership and the concept of community. Past speakers include Former Head Football Coach Bobby Bowden, Olympic Gold Medalist Jennifer Chandler, Former Head Football Coach Pat Dye, Olympic Gold Medalist Harvey Glance, Heisman Trophy Winner Bo Jackson, Former Alabama Football Player Siran Stacy, Team USA Handball, and Paralympic Athlete Maze Marshall. 

6:00-6:45 PM - Parade of Athletes begin to line up by region.

7:00 PM - Opening Ceremony Celebration show begins.

  • The Ceremony will take place in an Amphitheater, with limited seating available, lawn chairs and blankets are welcomed and recommended.
  • Parade of Athletes, live entertainment, t-shirt cannons, the Olympic torch relay and the lighting of the Olympic Flame, huge fireworks show, and so much more! Every registered athlete participating in the Opening Ceremony and the Parade of Athletes will receive a FREE Commemorative Opening Ceremony T-Shirt. Bring an American flag!

For more information, visit the   page.

Athlete of the Year presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors 

The Alabama State Games, in an effort to recognize outstanding youth and adult amateur athletes, presents an Athlete of the Year award to four deserving individuals that participate in the Alabama State Games sporting event. One male and one female youth (under 18 years old) Athlete of the Year, and one male and one female adult (18 years and older) Athlete of the Year will be selected from submitted nominations. 

How the Athlete of the Year presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors is Chosen

Following the State Games, sports directors, coaches, athletes and parents can nominate athletes from individual sports and team sports for the Athlete of the Year presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors. An entire team can't be nominated, but individual players from team sports are eligible for nomination. A selection board will meet to determine the winners.

What Selections Are Based On:

Sportsmanship, effort, attitude, overall athletic participation in the AL. State Games (include all AL. State Games awards won) and other athletic competitions, achievement, motivation and special attributes or circumstances that have been overcome. 

What Recipients Receive:

The recipients of the Athlete of the Year award presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors will receive a medal, walk in the Parade of Athletes and anchor the torch relay during the Alabama State Games Opening Ceremony, possibly mentioned in future Alabama State Games publications and be involved in promotional events. Winners will also be awarded a certificate signed by the current Governor of Alabama, at a special proclamation signing ceremony held at the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery, AL. Winners of the Alabama State Games Athlete of the Year presenting by Academy Sports + Outdoors will also be submitted for consideration by the National Congress of State Games in naming the youth and adult, female and male National Athlete of the Year.

Forms will be available at competition venues (ask your event/tournament director) during the AL. State Games.

Deadline To Nominate:

Online submissions can be made, beginning June 9, 2017. Nominations received by August 1, 2017 will be considered.

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Alabama State Games Hospitality Patrons

The Alabama State Games Hospitality Patrons support the games by donating equipment, food for volunteers and supplies as well as monetary donations. We would never be able to pull of the Alabama State Games without these organizations. Please take the time to support these fine companies.












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