What is Buddy Ball?

Updated Friday January 19, 2018 by Babe Ruth Import.



Long Beach Youth Baseball - Bambino Buddy Ball

A Division of Babe Ruth Baseball Inc.


Everyone has the Ability to Play


Buddy Ball is for boys, girls and active adults with intellectual and/or physical disabilities that have the desire to play organized, non-competitive baseball. Each player is assigned a “Buddy” that assists with playing the game.

In Buddy Ball, all players get to hit, all players play the field, all players score, and all players win. Buddy Ball games are 2-3 innings long and last about one hour. Players are assigned to teams based on ability level. Players usually hit off a tee or the coach softly pitches to them.

Buddy Ball games are played on Wednesday evening along with other LBYB league games. The concession stand and restrooms are open and the teams have an announcer and umpire for their games. Volunteer Buddies help the players to play the game and parents/guardians/care-givers can sit back and watch. All players get a team uniform. All volunteers get a shirt. Everyone has a lot of fun.


Buddy Ball Volunteers/Players

-- All volunteer coaches and buddies, ages 18 and older, are required by the City of Long Beach Recreation Board to have a background check. Once approved, they must also wear their LB identification badge when interacting with the players. All volunteers will receive training on how the Buddy Ball game is to be played and how to provide positive interaction with the players.

-- Volunteers should make a concerted effort to attend games in order to ensure that every player has a buddy and consistency of the game is maintained.

-- All volunteers must complete an information sheet and all players (parents/guardians) must complete a registration form. Volunteers of all ages will be allowed to be buddies as long as the individual is a proactive part of the program. Preferably, volunteers will be about the same age as the player so development of friendships will be promoted.



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