Our Mission Statement : “To provide special needs children the opportunity to experience the game of baseball while building self-esteem and peer relationships.”
The Bright Star Baseball League is a special needs baseball program located in Sulphur Springs, TX. The Sulphur Springs Boys Baseball Association provides assistance with field assignments. The program is assisted with youth volunteers from the local community.
The goal of the program is: To provide a positive recreational opportunity for special needs children ages 5 and up needing a modified sports activity.
Game Structure: Games are played at the Buford Park T-ball fields. Adult coaches are in charge of the games. Each child will be accompanied by a volunteer “buddy”. The coach may assign more than one buddy as he/she sees fit. Youth volunteers must be at least in the 6th grade.
Uniforms/Equipment: There are no fees for the participants of this program. Bats, balls, T’s and bases are supplied by Bright Star Baseball League. Bright Star Baseball League will supply each player with a uniform (jersey and hat). Players are responsible for sneakers and gloves. Closed toes shoes are a requirement.
End of Season Trophy Presentation: Bright Star Baseball League will host a trophy presentation at the end of each season. Players, their families and their buddies will be invited. Each player will be presented with a participation trophy or medal. Certificates may be presented to buddies if desired.
Parents’ Responsibilities: Sign in before each game. A consent and photo authorization must be signed upon check-in at the first game. An adult family member must be present during every game. Parents may be asked to assist if problems arise with their child during a game.
Coaches Responsibilities: The coach is in charge of maintaining control of the players/volunteers on the field to insure a positive experience in a safe environment. During games, the coach is the final authority on the number of buddies allowed on the field and in the dug-out.
Youth Volunteers “Buddies” Responsibilities: All youth volunteers must have a signed parental release form. Volunteers must be at least a 6th grader to participate. Buddies must wear a Bright Star Baseball issued T-shirt to participate in games. This identifies them to the coach, volunteers and parents.
Player Responsibilities: Players must stay in the dug-out unless they are at bat or on a base. Players must wear a helmet when batting. If a player acts in a manner that could cause harm to another player, volunteer or coach, they will be asked to leave the game.