What is the Little League Challenger Program?
The Little League Challenger Program is Little League’s adaptive baseball program for individuals with physical and intellectual challenges.
Established in 1989 as a separate division of Little League, the Challenger Division provides boys and girls with physical and developmental challenges to be
part of the game of baseball by playing and being part of a team. Children between the ages of 4 and 18 or up to 22, if still enrolled in high school, are eligible to play.
More than 30,000 children participate in more than 900 Challenger Divisions worldwide.
Who is eligible to play?
Boys and girls with physical and developmental challenges, ages 4-18, or up to age 22 if still enrolled in high school, to enjoy the game of baseball along with the millions of other children who participate in this sport worldwide.
How are teams selected?
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.
Is a Challenger Little League game different than a typical game?
In a Challenger game, each player gets a chance to 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, shoulder patches and safety equipment as other Little League players.
Who will be on the schedule?
Our goal is to establish a league with four or more teams within Middletown Youth Baseball and Softball . We also hope to play other Challenger teams from neighboring towns.