Buddy Baseball is a non-competitive recreational league for boys and girls with special needs in Tampa, FL.  Each player is paired with a “Buddy” to assist the player as needed.  The league fosters friendships and breaks down barriers.  Buddy Baseball is an opportunity like no other for children with special needs.  Not only do the players experience the thrill of participating, they also get to experience team play and camaraderie.  This program is supported by the Temple Terrace Leisure Services Department.  PLAY BALL!

Buddy Baseball is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  

Buddy Baseball Basic Information:

Our games are one hour with a 15 – 20 minute practice before each game.  Each team has 6 Players and 6 or more Buddies.  Each team will only play one game per Saturday.  Click on the “Registration” tab to register for the fall season.
When:  Saturdays 9/30/2017 to 11/11/2017

Where: Temple Terrace Family Recreational Complex Softball Fields
6700 E. Whiteway Dr., Temple Terrace, FL 33617
(Behind Lewis Elementary)
Player Ages:  Students (boys and girls) ages 8 – 22 with special needs
Buddy Ages: Boys and Girls ages 10 – 18

Game Times:  9:45am, 11:00am, 12:15 pm or 1:30pm 

Registration:  $30 for Players, $15 for Buddies, No charge for the Coaches and Volunteers. 

Registration Deadline: Friday 8/25/2017- 6:00 pm

New Buddy and New Coach Training:  Saturday 9/23/2017. 12:00 – 12:40

Meet and Greet: Saturday 9/23/2017

Sign your child up for a great time, or become a Buddy and have fun with these players with special needs.  Both Girls and Boys are encouraged to play.  Coaches, Volunteers, Donations and Sponsorships are needed.  Check out our Videos and our Testimonial pages. 

All Players, Buddies and Coaches need to register to play and coach.  Check out our Facebook Page – Buddy Baseball

Scholarships are available.  Community Service hours are available for the Buddies.


Russ Oberbroeckling

Buddy Baseball Executive Director

(813) 416-5742


  Grand Slam Sponsors


     Ward-Mitchell       TECO BigBend

Friends of Tampa Firefighters

  Tampa Bay Insurance Group



Buddy Baseball Awards!

Tampa Mayor’s Alliance For Persons with Disabilities – “Outstanding Community Service”

Tampa Bay Buccaneers – “Community Quarterback” 

Hillsborough County Public Schools – “Excellence in Action”

Temple Terrace Chamber of Commerce – Russ Oberbroeckling – “2010 Temple Terrace Citizen of the Year”

The Tampa Breakfast Sertoma Club – “Service to Mankind Winner For Outstanding Community Service”

The Tampa Tribune – “Hometown Hero”

International Code Council (ICC) and the Building Officials Association of Florida (BOAF), Suncoast Chapter – “Community Service Award”



    Listen to our interview with ESPN Radio Tampa Bay, click on the link – ESPN Radio Buddy Baseball





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