CHATHAM, NJ –After a very successful inaugural year, the Baseball Club of Chatham will once again be offering the Bambino Buddy-Ball division, which is designed to encourage participation by special needs ballplayers ages 5 to 19.
Registration is now open on the Baseball Club of Chatham website.
Opening Day for the Buddy-Ball baseball program is April 8th.
About Buddy Ball
The Bambino Buddy-Ball Division was established by Babe Ruth baseball for players ages 5-19 who are either physically and/or mentally challenged. Buddy Ball allows challenged or special needs athletes to develop confidence and positive self-esteem. It allows them to be part of organized sports and assists with physical fitness as well as their social skills.
Buddy Ball is designed to give everyone a chance to play baseball and have fun. This division makes allowance for a “buddy” to help the player swing a bat, round the bases, catch a ball, etc.
All Buddy Ball games will be 1-hour sessions held at 5 p.m. on Saturdays at Lum Field. Sessions will include a 30-minute practice, followed by a 30-minute game. The season will conclude on June 10th.
"Buddies" will primarily consist of, but not limited to, high school-aged baseball players and will be coordinated through the Chatham High School Sports Buddies Club. If you are interested in becoming a buddy, please contact Nick Saluzzi at NSaluzzi5@gmail.com
Registration fee will be $50 per player to cover the costs of baseball hats, shirts, end of season awards and end of season party.