Buddy Sports

Buddy Sports Coach and Team

The Buddy Sports programs are non-competitive leagues established to allow people with developmental and physical disabilities the opportunity to participate in a variety of sports. These leagues will focus on fun, fitness, skill development, and socialization in a safe environment.

  • All athletes must have a physical on file with the City of Surprise prior to the start of the program.
  • Buddies will be utilized to assist the players throughout the practice, as needed, to increase levels of success.
  • For more information including group description, registration dates and league details select a sports group from the sports registrations table.

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Bambino Buddy Baseball

The Bambino Buddy Ball league is a non-competitive league that was established to allow players, ages 4 an older, who have a developmental and/or physical disability the opportunity to participate in the game of baseball. The league allows a buddy to assist the players throughout the game as needed (swing the bat, run the bases, field the ball) to increase levels of success. This league is designed so that all participants can learn and enjoy recreational activities in a safe and fun environment!

Ages: 4 and older
Location: DreamCatcher Park

Buddy Soccer

Buddy soccer allows athletes from the age of 4 years and older who have developmental and/or physical disabilities the opportunity to learn and play the game of soccer. In Buddy Soccer we offer a buddy to help assist athletes, as needed, throughout the practice. An oversized soccer ball is used and competition is not emphasized. Socialization and skill development are the main focus of this league.

Ages: 4 and older
Location: DreamCatcher Park

Buddy Cheer

The Buddy Cheer program offers athletes from the age of 5 years and older who have developmental and/or physical disabilities the opportunity to learn basic cheer motions and jumps. Athletes will learn two cheers and a cheerleading dance routine with an opportunity to perform at the "Surprise Party" on December 7. Buddy’s may be utilized to assist athletes throughout practice. This is a non-competitive wheelchair friendly league.

Ages: 5 and older
Location: Sierra Montana Recreation Center

Buddy Basketball

Buddy Basketball was established for individuals with disabilities to enjoy the game of basketball. This league utilizes Buddies to assist the players as needed to increase the levels of success and safety. Athletes ages 4-11 and 12 years and older may participate in these two leagues. This is a non-competitive wheelchair friendly league.

As part of the Jr. Suns league, all athletes will receive a Jr. Suns jersey, special program gift, and a ticket to a Phoenix Suns home game.

Ages: 8 and older
Location: DreamCatcher Park

Buddy Flag Football

The Flag Football Clinic was designed for individuals with disabilities to learn and play the game of Flag Football. In conjunction with the City of Surprise, the Ottawa University coaches and team members will be volunteering their time to help run the clinic. Modifications to rules and equipment help to make this program a reality.

Ages: 8 and older
Location: DreamCatcher Park

Buddy Tennis

This program takes the friendly non-competitive aspect of our Buddy sports program and adds the fundamentals of tennis. The program is for any individual ages 5 or older who has a medically diagnosed disability. Socialization, exercise and fundamentals all will be stressed in this exciting tennis program. Buddies will be utilized to assist the athletes as needed to help increase levels of success.

Ages: 5 and older
Location: Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex

Buddy Bowling

Buddy Bowling is offered to individuals of all ability levels. This program is provided to introduce athletes to the sport of bowling in a non-competitive social atmosphere. Registration fees include 2 games and shoe rental for each week. Buddies are utilized as needed to help increase levels of success in all of our Buddy programs.

Ages: 5 and older
Location: Uptown Alley