What is Challenger Division?

The Challenger Division of Little League is a program for developmentally and physically challenged youth, helping them to enjoy the full benefits of Little League participation in an athletic environment structured to their abilities. More than the skills of baseball learned through the experience, the value of the Little League Challenger Division is found in the proven therapeutic and socialization benefits of participating in sports; the strengthening of participants' self-esteem; the opportunities to mainstream into other divisions of play and the disciplines of teamwork, sportsmanship and fair play, which are hallmarks of the Little League program.

The Little League Challenger Division provides the framework so Little League programs may offer a structured, athletic activity for all youth in their communities. Playing with the same equipment on the same fields, Challenger Division participants have the opportunity to experience the joys of pulling together as a team, being cheered, and earning awards for their achievements. Today more than 30,000 children participate in more than 900 Challenger Divisions worldwide.

Teams are set up according to abilities, rather than age, and can include as many as 15-20 players. Challenger games can be played as t-ball games, coach pitch, player pitch, or a combination of the three.

In a Challenger game, 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 Challenger games. The Challenger players wear the same uniforms and safety equipment as other Little League players.

 
FAQ

What is the Challenger division?

The Challenger Division was established in 1989 as a separate division of Little League to enable boys and girls with physical and mental challenges, ages 4-18, to enjoy the game of baseball along with the millions of other children who participate in this sport worldwide. Today more than 30,000 children participate in more than 900 Challenger Divisions worldwide. Click here for the Challenger Age Chart.

How are teams assembled?

Teams are set up according to abilities, rather than age, and can include as many as 15-20 players. Challenger games can be played as Tee Ball games, coach pitch, player pitch, or a combination of the three.

What is a Challenger game like?

In a Challenger game, 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. A soft, Tee Ball-style baseball is used during games. Little League recommends that no score be kept during Challenger games.

Where does our Challenger team play games? When are games played?

TBD

When are practices held?

TBD

What other accommodations are made for Challenger players and families?

District One representatives work together for field times, rules of play, safety, equipment, and other issues that may come up. Practices and games are optional. The Challenger Division encourages the use of "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.

How do I register?

Click HERE to register today.

Who can I contact for more information?

Specific questions can be answered by Phil Benjamin, at benjaminphil@yahoo.com or at 425.367.3883

In addition, check out the Challenger brochure on the Little League International Website.