MA District 12: Challenger Division

Challenger Division
Challenger Logo

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, 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. 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 tee ball games, coach pitch, player pitch, or a combination of the three.

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.

One of the benefits of having a Challenger Division is that it 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.

Parents and teenagers are strongly encouraged to become involved in this uniquely-rewarding division of Little League. After completing a Little League volunteer application and passing a required national background check, teenagers may become buddies, while parents may become involved in practices, and be eligible as coaches, managers, umpires, local league board members and other volunteer positions within the league.

District 12 Challenger Division Host

Malden Little League is a member of District 12 along with the communities of Somerville, Medford, Melrose and Everett. Children who live in these communities are encouraged to sign up and play baseball this coming season.

 Please call Marie Shea for more information

Home 781-322-3799 or Cell 781-521-0156

email at


Malden Little League Website 

Challenger League Buddy's Wanted
Challenger Buddy Badge 2015

The District 12 Challenger league, run through Malden Little League is underway. The Challenger League is always looking for help. If anyone is interested in becoming a Buddy and help out these great kids then please give Marie Shea a call.

Games are played on Sunday Evenings from 4pm - 5pm

and 5pm - 6pm @ Bruce Field in Malden.

Glove Donations
The MA District 12 Challenger League is in need of gloves. Several Challenger Athletes currently do not have gloves. We are asking anyone that may have a used glove that they are no longer using, please contact Marie Shea at, or 781-521-0156. All sizes will be accepted. The bigger the better. Your help and donation is greatly appreciated.

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