The Challenger Division was established in 1989 as a separate division of Little League Baseball to enable boys and girls with physical and mental disabilities, ages 5-18 or the completion of high school, to enjoy the game of baseball along with the millions of other children who participate in this sport worldwide.
Teams are set up according to abilities, rather than age, and can include as many as 15-20 players, who can participate in one of three levels: Tee-Ball, Coach-Pitch or Player Pitch. Each player gets a chance at bat. The side is retired when the offense has batted through the roster, or when a pre-determined number of runs have been scored, or when three outs are recorded. Little League recommends that no score be kept during games. The Challenger players wear the same uniforms, shoulder patches and safety equipment as other Little League players.
One of the benefits of having a Challenger Division is that it encourages the use of “baseball buddies” for the Challenger players. The buddies assist the Challenger players on the field but whenever possible, encourage the players to bat and make plays themselves. However, the buddy is always nearby to help when needed.
Is Challenger Little League right for my child?
The Challenger Little League Division consists of children and young adults (ages 5-18) with various physical and/or developmental disabilities. The league is designed for all players to succeed in the game of baseball and enjoy the benefits that Little League has to offer. Children will learn more than the skills of baseball; they will learn the importance of daily physical activity and the benefits of participation in sports. They will improve their self-esteem, confidence, and experience the joy of being on a team. We encourage FUN and FRIENDSHIP where everyone is a winner!
In addition, Baseball Buddies will be there to work individually with your child as they learn how to play baseball. If you are not sure if Challenger Little League is right for your son/daughter then CONTACT us and please ask!
For more information contact Homer LL President Chris Sweeney.