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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, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019–-spring and fall leagues. We were planning our 2020 seasons until COVID-19 through us a curve–we had to cancel our entire Spring AND Fall Seasons. 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, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019.  And in 2019-19 we officially launched two adult teams–meaning that 16 teams took the field in 2019. Our players love playing on the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines Field.  Isn’t that exciting?  Online player registration makes signing up an easy thing.

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!  Rather than team-based play this spring, we will be playing “pop up games”.  When we resume “normal” play, all registrants will receive a shirt and ball cap with their team’s insignia.  ALL players received a new uniform in 2016 as we had 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:  Volunteer buddies are on hand at each game to “teach” the skills your daughter will need to play ball at the Kiwanis Miracle League ball park.  Depending on the time of year, bring her to our KML ballpark and have her watch a game or two.  All skill levels are welcome.  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).  However, we will not be using buddies for our “pop up games” in June.

Q:  When will the 2021 SPRING season begin?  My child is getting anxious to play!

A:  If the pandemic and vaccination programs allow us to play, we’ll make an announcement about 2021.      

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, the Tigers, and now the Nationals.  Games will be played at 3 and 4 PM each Saturday during a normal season.  Online registration for adults players is available via our website.

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 2021 season?

A:  Our online registration system will be available once we know when we will be able to play.  Please click on Player Registration on our home page to learn more about our online registration process.  We have gone paperless!    

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.  We added the covered picnic pavilion in 2010.  However, in 2018 in celebration of our TENTH anniversary, we embarked on a CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGN (three phases).    In 2018 we had the entire playing field resurfaced, built a new pergola for the Kiwanis Memory Garden, and coated the floors of our concession building.  Phase Two included having a steel covering built over our spectator bleachers.  Further enhancements are on the drawing board.  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 sponsors/donors on our website.  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  4.4.21   10:35 AM

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