New League Fields Players with Mild Disabilities

October 21, 2012

(Source: Brookhaven Reporter) Jackson Wickley, 11, wanted to play youth-league baseball like his brothers. But he didn’t fit in with most teams.

Speech delays and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, usually called ADHD, kept him from being able to compete in mainstream youth leagues. However, his mild disabilities meant he didn’t belong on teams designed for more seriously disabled players, either, his father said.

So Jackson’s father, Adam Wickley, who coached baseball for his younger sons, Grant and Lance, stepped in and organized a new league for players like Jackson. He called it the Frontier League.

“I wanted Jackson to have the same opportunity as his brothers to play real baseball. I tried to locate a league for him anywhere, regardless of distance, and there wasn’t one,” Adam Wickley said. “That’s when I decided to form a league for kids like Jackson with mild life challenges — ADHD, apraxia, auditory processing, speech delays, dyslexia, and other sensory challenges.”

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