You got questions? We got answers!
Q: My son came home from school today and said that lots of his friends are playing ball at the Kiwanis Miracle League ball park. Can he play ball this year?
A: The Kiwanis Miracle League ball park is Des Moines’ “place of smiles”. We played our first full season in 2009 with spring and fall leagues. Same thing in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016–spring and fall leagues. We’ve now into our Spring 2017 season, opening on Saturday, May 6. Ten teams played in 2009, had their photos taken in uniform, and had a grand time. Fourteen teams played in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016–and we’re pleased that 14 teams will again be taking the field in 2017. Our players love playing on the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines Field. Isn’t that exciting? Player registration is up and running.
Q: My son has never played baseball before, in fact, never dreamed that he could. Can he play in this league?
A: Most definitely. What makes this field unique is that it allows any child of any ability to realize their dream of playing baseball. The flat field surface provides a safe place where wheel chairs can move about freely or crutches and canes won’t get stuck in the grass of typical baseball fields.
Q: How much does it cost to play on the Kiwanis Miracle League field this year?
A: Because of the generosity of our Team Sponsors and volunteer efforts of Kiwanis members and others, we are anticipating no charge for playing with the Kiwanis Miracle League this year! All registrants will receive a shirt and ball cap with their team’s insignia for the 2017 Season. ALL players received a new uniform in 2016 as we have a new vendor and new style.
Q: My daughter never thought she’d be able to play baseball, even though she dreams about it all the time (the Cubs are her FAVORITE team). How can she learn to play?
A: Many players have enjoyed our winter registration clinics at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Beaver & Franklin Avenues, Des Moines. We’ll be back at Westminster in 2017. Many volunteer buddies are on hand at each clinic to “teach” the skills your daughter will need to play ball at the Kiwanis Miracle League ball park while you are registering your player. Depending on the time of year, bring her to our KML ball park and have her watch a game or two. No real experience is needed!
Q: I’d like my son’s Little League team to volunteer as buddies. How do we sign up?
A: We’d love to have your son’s team serve as “buddies”. Please go to our Volunteer Opportunities page for more details! (We do have an age 12 minimum).
Q: When will the 2017 SPRING season begin? My child is getting anxious to play!
A: We’re ALL glad that the new season to began May 6–great weather and an all around fun day! Mother Nature even cooperated! We will play eight games each Saturday, beginning at 9 AM, through June 24.
Q: My son just turned 19. It sounds like he is too old to play?
A: We’re pleased to announce that we now have teams for adults–the Pirates and the Tigers. First game was May 6. Subsequent games will continue each Saturday through June 27, all at 4 PM. Online registration for adult players is available via our web site.
Q: My daughter is 9 and visually impaired. Can she play?
A: Yes, she most certainly can. Our Kiwanis Miracle League teams are co-ed and we have a special beeper ball for children who are visually challenged. She will love it!
Q: When can I register my child for the 2017 season?
A: Our registration is up and running! Please click on Player Registration on our home page to learn more about our on-line registration process. We have gone paper-less! Get your child registered ASAP!
Q: Is the Kiwanis Miracle League Park all paid for? How can I contribute, especially since my son is having such a great time, I’d like to help.
A: An excellent question…generally speaking, our ball park is paid for. However, we hope to make periodic improvements, like the covered picnic pavilion that we added in 2010. And, we have annual expenses that cover park maintenance, player uniforms, insurance, and a myriad of other expenses. We welcome any and all donations, no matter the size. Check out the section on sponsorship/pavers on our web site. Perhaps you or your company would like to be a team sponsor? Or perhaps you’d like to purchase an engraved paver in honor of your child or in memory of a loved one? Or perhaps you’d like to make a contribution? ALL contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. We are a 501 c 3 tax exempt organization.
Q: My daughter has a service dog. Will her dog be allowed?
A: While we do not allow pets, we do allow (trained) service animals. Please check in with your animal at the player check-in tent each Saturday.
Watch this space for more Q & A’s!
updated 5.25.17 10:35 AM