Buddy Ball League
WHAT: Herndon Reston Youth Baseball (Cal Ripken Baseball) Bambino Buddy Ball
FOR WHO: children 5-15 years old who have special needs or disabilities
RUN BY: Buddy Ball pairs players with volunteers from the Herndon Cal Ripken and Babe Ruth baseball leagues and the HRYS girls' softball league, who receive instruction in how to work and communicate with children with disabilities.
DESCRIPTION: The (approximately) 8-game season combines elements of tee ball, coach-pitch, and kid-pitch to accommodate children of varying skill levels.
MISSION: Have fun, build confidence and self-esteem, and teach sportsmanship and love of the game. We use trained coaches and umpires, and players can experience the thrill of making plays, getting hits, and rounding the bases.
Buddies should complete a Buddy Availabilty Form to help us plan buddy support for each game.
A follow-up form is available to parents for describing their player's disability or special need; for elaborating medical concerns, accommodations, or helpful tips for communication and, where appropriate, to provide contacts for further guidance and advice. This form is available from the "Player Forms" tab from the HRYB homepage.
Volunteer to be a Buddy
Sign up to play Buddy Ball by clicking on Register NOW on the home page