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What is buddy baseball?

Buddy Baseball is a sports program that provides opportunities for athletes with intellectual and physical disabilities. 

Each player is given a "buddy" to play with them.  The buddies are there to assist the player, not play the game for them.

The Red River Valley Down Syndrome Society teamed up with the Breakfast Optimist Club of Paris in 2006 to start the area's first baseball league for youth with disabilities.  The program began as an outlet for many of the children with Down syndrome in the community to play an organized sport, to promote physical activity and dexterity, and to feel like other children who play the game.  Now played in the spring with the other divisions of Dixie Youth baseball at Woodall Field in Paris, it is open to all area individuals with disabilities who wish to participate.


  • Physical Activity
  • Socialization
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Opportunity to mainstream into other divisions of play
  • Opportunity to learn the fundamentals of baseball including teamwork and sportsmanship
  • Acceptance as an athlete rather than a child with a disability


Information for the player.

All children in Pre-Kindergarten through Adults, with intellectual and/or physical disabilites, are encouraged to participate.

Each player will have a companion or "buddy" assigned to him/her for games.

A player's parent or guardian MUST be present at all games.

Play will consist of three innings or 45 minutes of play.

No score may be kept during the game and no outs are counted.

Every player will bat and play defensively.

Buddy Baseball players wear the same type of uniforms and safety equipment as other league players.

Click here to register a player.

2017 Season Schedule

Buddy Training
@ REACH Center

March 23rd

1st game, Balloon Release

March 25th

2nd game

April 1st

3rd game

April 8th

4th game

April 15th

5th game

April 22nd

6th game

April 29th

7th game

May 6th

      8th game/Awards  May 13th

 Make up games will be played May 20th & 27th, if needed.  

Information for Buddies.

Buddies are what make our program a success.  Thank you so much for your interest.  Below you will find some general information about buddy requirements and forms to read.

Buddies must be a minimum of 12 years of age by March 24th. 

Buddies are encourged not to play the game for the players but to assist them in the game.

Buddies can volunteer to work with a particular child or help out in the dug out or in the outfield.

Buddies must sign a liability waiver form before participating in the program. Please print out the form below.

You will also find two other forms below.  The expectations of buddies and the guidelines for buddies.  Please read these.

If you are having trouble with any of the forms below.  Please contact the REACH center at 903-783-1922.

Click here to register a buddy.

2017 Under 18 buddy Form
2017 Over 18 buddy Form
Expectations of Buddies
Guidelines for Buddies

We would like to thank our sponsors for helping make Buddy Baseball possible.  Your sponsorship dollars help pay for uniforms, trophies, baseball equipment, and the end of the season picnic.

                 Paris Police Officers Association


Red River Valley Down Syndrome Society is a nonprofit support organization serving northeast Texas, southwest Arkansas and southeast Oklahoma.

Phone: 903.783.1922                                                                             Fax: 903.783.1277

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