About Buddy Baseball

Buddy Baseball is a non-competitive recreational league for boys and girls with special needs serving the Tampa Bay community. Each player is paired with a buddy to assist the player as needed on the field and in the dugout. The league fosters friendships and breaks down barriers. Not only do the players experience the thrill of participating in a sport, they also get to experience team play and camaraderie. Buddy Baseball is an opportunity like no other for children with special needs. Both girls and boys are encouraged to play and be buddies.

This program is supported by the Temple Terrace Leisure Services Department. Buddy Baseball is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  

Download the Spring 2018 Flyer

Season Details

Registration Deadline: Friday, 1/5/2018 at 6:00pm for the Spring 2018 Season
New Buddy and New Coach Training: Saturday, 2/10/2018 from 12–12:40pm
Meet & Greet: Saturday, 2/10/2018
Games: Saturday, 2/17/2018 through Saturday, 4/7/2018
Buddy Baseball Bash - End of Season Party: Sunday, 4/8/2018


The Meet & Greet and new buddy and coach training is held at Omar K. Lightfoot Recreation Center, 10901 N. 56th St. Temple Terrace, FL  33617.

Download the Spring 2018 Flyer

Mission Statement

Buddy Baseball’s mission is to provide any student with special needs ages 8 to 22 years old a chance to play ball where they can succeed, have fun, be part of a team, make friends and not be treated unkindly or cruelly because of their disability. We also provide typical children ages 10 to 22 years old as buddies a chance to interact with the special needs community to build their awareness and acceptance of these children. The league is designed to enable friendships to form and social barriers to be dissolved.  The players experience the thrill of participating, team play and camaraderie.