The buddy program is the heart of the Miracle League of SF. Buddies are energetic and compassionate individuals who are paired with a player on game days. Our buddies protect, support, and encourage their players. The Miracle League is proud of the bond buddies often develop with their players, both on and off the field. Depending on the player they are paired with, buddies can assist with anything from helping push a player's wheelchair to assist players with swinging the bat. One of the goal's of the Miracle League is that over the course of the season buddies learn about themselves as well as their player. Buddies are there to not just be a helper but to become a friend. The buddy program has a profound impact on both buddies and players.
There are two options for individuals interested in participating in the buddy program, Full-Time and Floater Buddies.
Floater Buddies are more flexible as individuals are just expected to come whenever they can. At the start of a season, floater buddies are assigned to a team but not a specific player. Floater buddies are often paired with players who do not require a permanent buddy or they assist Full-Time Buddies when needed.
Full-Time Buddies make the commitment to be present at least five out of the six games of the year. Full-Time Buddies are assigned a player at the beginning of the season who they will be with every game.
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Who Is Eligible To Be a Buddy?
Anyone with a passion for helping others can be a buddy. Absolutely no experience with individuals that have special needs is needed. We do ask that buddies be 12 and up. If you are younger than 12 and would still like to help, we just ask that you co-buddy with a parent or sibling older than sixteen. Adults (older than 18) are more than welcome to be buddies but expect to be assigned as a buddy in our 18 and Older Game.
Expectations of a Buddy
On game days:
Buddies are expected to protect the player at all times
Buddies need to be energetic, committed and enthusiastic for each game.
Wherever your player goes on the field, you go as well.
When a hard hitter is up at bat, Buddies are to step in front of the player for protection.
Always allow the player the least amount of assistance as possible.
Run around the bases with the player or provide appropriate assistance (for example, if the player is in a wheelchair, push them around the bases).
Assist the player according to their needs.
Try your hardest to get to know your player and bond with them.
Contact the Volunteer Coordinator or your coach at least 24 hours prior to game time if unable to attend the game.
Demonstrate high morals and integrity on and off the field.
Have fun with the player and enjoy the game!