BYA Buddy Ball is a sports program for players aged 4 and up with any special need that makes for a better option than the standard leagues. Our objective is to teach sportsmanship, cooperation and optimism in an athletic environment of encouragement and achievement. We play a four-game spring and fall baseball schedule at Chisenhall Park in Burleson. Games last two innings, which works out to around 45 minutes and we bat both lineups completely each inning. There are no practices, but parents are strongly encouraged to work on basic skills with their children at home.
Players receive a uniform shirt with no registration or other cost to parents. Players, however, should bring their own gloves, as well as helmets if possible. An inexpensive helmet can be purchased for around $10 at local athletic and department stores.
We use an eleven-inch Incrediball and a tee for the batters who need it. Each player has a buddy (usually a parent, sibling or friend) to accompany him or her while at bat and in the field.
BYA Buddy Ball is for special needs children only and is completely free. If you are looking for a tee-ball program for very young boys or girls, please see the BYA baseball or softball pages.
CBS News visited one of our games and produced this feature on Buddy Ball.
Sign up here for our fall 2017 season, which will be played in April and May. The deadline to receive a uniform shirt is August 15. You can still sign up after that, but shirts will already have been ordered.
For more information, contact Jeff Smith.
Tentative Fall 2017 Schedule
1. Saturday, September 9 at 10:00 a.m. on Chisenhall Fields Day Use Field 2
2. Saturday, September 16 at 10:00 a.m. on Chisenhall Fields Day Use Field 2
3. Saturday, September 23 at 10:00 a.m. on Chisenhall Fields Day Use Field 2
4. Saturday, September 30 at 10:00 a.m. on Chisenhall Fields Day Use Field 2
Volunteer to bring a post-game drink or snack for the Buddy Ball team.
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