What is ABO? Alternative Baseball® provides an authentic baseball experience for those players who want a competitive yet accepting environment. Both men and women are encouraged to participate in Alternative Baseball®.
ABO plays by professional league rules, including leading off, infield fly, calling balks, and stealing bases. Balls and strikes are counted and scored accordingly: a batter is out after three strikes and a batter walks after four balls. ABO is designed for players who are fully able to actively participate on a dirt-grass field. Each participant plays independently on the field and must be able to control and swing a wood bat. Our games are player-pitched and the only adaptation from a traditional program is the ball itself (for safety purposes). Each game is seven to nine innings. No previous experience is required.
How did we get the name and logo for the Tri-State Continentals?
Tri-State Continentals Founder: Bill Fenbers
Bill was diagnosed in 2010 with what the DSM-IV referred to as Asperger’s Syndrome. He has a younger brother with autism plus a niece and a nephew on the autism spectrum. Bill has seven brothers and sisters and resides on the west side of Cincinnati.
Bill began the process of getting an ABO team for the Cincinnati area in July 2021. The ABO Cincinnati team received its official name, the Tri-State Continentals, in October 2021.
Bill also volunteers for another local nonprofit, Marjorie Book Continuing Education, which brings individuals with and without disabilities together for continuing education classes, service learning projects, and theater.
Tri-State Continentals Field Manager: Anthony Case
ABO Commissioner: Taylor Duncan
Taylor is the commissioner and director of the national Alternative Baseball Organization. Taylor created the organization in 2016 in his home state of Georgia, after having been denied opportunities to play baseball growing up due to his autism diagnosis and the perception of what an individual with autism can and cannot accomplish. You can learn more about Taylor through his website.
Alternative Baseball® and ABO® are both registered trademarks owned by Alternative Baseball Organization, Inc. Each local team is run independently from the national Organization. All rights reserved.
Ballfield and uniforms for the Tri-State Continentals have been generously paid for and donated by the Gregory J. Missman VFW Post 9630 in Batavia.