INTERESTED IN BEING A BUDDY?
BE ON TIME
Please be on time: Your presence is VERY important! Your buddy will need you and your team will need you.
Get to know your player: Talk with your player and family members. Ask questions of the coaching staff. Connect with your Buddy Ball Coordinator.
Bring a glove if you have one: You will sometimes need to protect your player by deflecting balls that are hit toward the two of you. Your safety is important too!
Encourage involvement and independence: Remember…it is THEIR game! Do everything possible to encourage your athlete to be involved in his or her ability. Focus on what your player is able to do and recognize all positive efforts.
Share your concerns: Don’t hesitate to ask for help if you need it. Talk with Coaches if you have concerns or problems.
BE A MODEL
Model an attitude of respect and acceptance for each Player: Encourage and support the development of friendships among players. Some will know each other, but for others, everyone and everything will be new. Keep in mind that each player is a person, not their disability.
Be open to suggestions: Sometimes the Coaches or other adults will make suggestions on how you can be more helpful to your player. Don’t take this as criticism. We are all learning together.
Be confident: Some of the athletes express themselves easily, but for many this is very difficult. It may be hard sometimes to know how your athlete is feeling or if he or she appreciates the help you are trying to provide. All of us, including your player, appreciate your patience and your best effort to be helpful, even if this cannot be expressed!
Most important, just have Fun!
For further information please contact: Maureen Callaghan
(Must be at least 13 years old)