Sandpoint Little League

Challenger Program

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SPRING  2017 CHALLENGER BASEBALL

Idaho District 1 Little League is wanting to form a Challenger Division to expand the Little League experience to kids who may not have had the opportunity to play baseball before. The Challenger Division is a separate division of Little League that enables boys and girls with physical and mental challenges ages 4-18 to enjoy the game of baseball. Teams are set up according to abilities rather than age, and can include as many as 15-20 players per team. 

Challenger games can be played as tee ball games, coach pitch, player pitch, or a combination of all three. In a Challenger game, each player gets a chance to bat. The side is retired when the offense has batted through the roster. The Challenger Division encourages the use of “buddies”. The buddies (generally teams from the major or AAA division) assist the Challenger players on the field, but whenever possible, encourages the players to bat and make plays by themselves. However, the buddy is always nearby to help when needed.

Most of the leagues in District 1 are gauging the interest in their communities to form a team in the Challenger Division. If there are not enough players in one league to form a team, a team may be formed between two or more leagues. Games may be played here in Sandpoint or in the communities of other leagues in the District.  

Every person regardless of their developmental disability can play Challenger Baseball. Players not only have a great time playing baseball, but also experience pulling together as a team, being cheered by a crowd, and being encouraged by their peers.

If you have a player that is interested in participating in the Challenger Division, please sign up. There is no fee to participate. We will stay in contact with you about the formation of this Division as we learn more about the interest generated locally and among the other leagues in the District.

 

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