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Mar, 2023

Challenger League!

What is Challenger baseball?
Little League’s Challenger Division was established in 1989 as a separate, adaptive division of Little League to give boys and girls with physical and developmental challenges, ages 4-18 (or up to age 22 if still enrolled in high school), a chance to enjoy the game of baseball.

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 the games are designed to be developmentally appropriate with an emphasis on fun and teamwork.

Who can play?

Challenger is open to boys and girls ages 4-18 (or up to age 22 if still enrolled in high school). Every child has the opportunity to participate regardless of ability or limitations. Leagues may sign up players from any area in their district, or an adjacent district, that does not offer the Challenger Program.

Where and when do games take place?

There will be one game per weekend, April 30th to June 11th held on Sundays at 4 PM.  Games will be held at Magee Park – 14 Kenwood Ave, Glenmont NY 12077 (Note that all ballfields are wheelchair-accessible.)

What is a typical game like?

  • Everyone plays.
  • There are no outs, and everyone runs the bases.
  • Buddies assist players, but only as needed. The game adapts to the needs of all participants.
  • Coaches pitch or kids can hit off a tee.
  • All players bat and play defensively every inning.
  • Games are typically 90 minutes.
  • No score is kept.

What are Challenger buddies?

Buddies are TVLL player volunteers — chosen on the basis of their enthusiasm, kindness and patience who assist Challengers players with batting, fielding and running the bases where necessary and encourage the players to bat and make plays themselves. The buddy is always nearby to help on an individual basis when needed.   

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