What is the Little League Challenger Program?
The Little League Challenger Program is designed by Little League as an adaptive baseball initiative specifically catering to individuals facing physical and intellectual challenges.
Who can participate in the Little League Challenger Program?
Participation is open to individuals with physical or intellectual challenges. If someone can take part in the regular Little League Baseball or Softball program with reasonable accommodations, they are encouraged to do so. The Little League Challenger Division welcomes players aged 4-18, extending to age 22 for those still enrolled in school. For players aged 15 and above (with no maximum age), there is the Senior League Challenger Division.
Is there a cost to participate in the Challenger Program?
Every individual Challenger Program at the local level establishes its own policy regarding registration fees. No participant will be excluded from the opportunity to take part due to an inability to afford the registration fee.
What rules are followed during a Challenger game?
Challenger games emphasize the importance of flexibility and adaptability. Little League supplies each chartered team with a rulebook containing a best practices guide for conducting Challenger Games. These games typically consist of 1-2 innings, lasting approximately an hour. Every player participates defensively and bats in every inning.
Who are the ‘buddies,’ and what function do they serve in the Challenger Division?
Buddies are people who provide support to Challenger athletes in aspects such as batting, base running, and defense, but their assistance is offered only when necessary. Frequently, buddies are fellow athletes from the Little League Baseball or Softball program.
What type of field are Challenger Games played on?
Challenger games have the option to be conducted on either traditional or synthetic baseball or softball fields. Little League promotes the utilization of traditional fields for the Challenger Program, allowing participants to experience playing on the same fields as other members of the Little League community.
How many Challenger Programs are presently in operation?
At present, there are more than 950 Challenger programs spanning across 10 countries globally. The Challenger Division sees participation from over 30,000 athletes annually.