Welcome to Team Pennsbury Magik
Pennsbury Athletic Association is proud to support a baseball program for children who have been diagnosed on the autism spectrum. PAA invites boys and girls ages 6-16 to join Team Pennsbury Magik to play baseball in a unique and non-competitive environment. Children will be paired with a qualified volunteer who will play right alongside each child. Each Saturday during the spring season players will meet and work with a buddy at “skill” stations including throwing/catching, hitting and running the bases. The children will then be divided and “Play Ball” for an inning or two. Each week as the children progress, so will the program. We hope you and your family will join Team Pennsbury Magik (registered players will receive a team baseball cap and uniform t- shirt). There are no boundaries for Magik Players. Registrants can be from any town or school district in PA or NJ.
My name is Kate Polhamus and my son Braeden has played on YMS special stars soccer since the beginning of the program. Last year, while leaving a T ball game for my youngest, Braeden asked me if he could play baseball. I simply could not say no. I contacted Pennsbury Athletic association last summer and asked if we could start a baseball program for kids on the spectrum.
This spring we will kick off the program Team Pennsbury Magik. The program will be similar to YMS soccer with the buddy program. It is designed to be fun and noncompetitive. Each week, on Saturday mornings, from 11:00 am - 12:30 we will "play ball" on Stoddart field # 3. There will be "skills" stations in the beginning consisting of throwing/catching, hitting, and running the bases. We will then divide the group appropriately and play an inning or two. Children will be able to bat either with a T or coach pitch, their choice. As the weeks progress and the kids develop a comfort level, so will the program.
Similar to YMS, this is designed to be fun. My goal is to allow for each child to feel part of his or her community through baseball. They get a hat and t-shirt, can attend PAA functions and can close the gap just a little more. I understand our children's limitations and I am hoping we can help them build self-confidence not only socially but physically as well.