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Seattle Maico became the first deaf oral basketball team
to play in the national deaf basketball tournament.
That team played during the late seventies.

While deaf club teams had oral players that did not use
sign language, their teammates used ASL to communicate
with each other. The Seattle Maico team communicated
orally during time outs and on the floor.

The team had tall players that fought hard on rebounds
and action under the paint. They were slow and struggled
to keep up with faster players from other teams.

One of the oral players was Terry Gregersen, who later
had a career in schools for the deaf – California
School for the Deaf at Riverside and then at
South Dakota School for the Deaf. He was oral but
eventually learned ASL later on.