Martin County North Little League: District 17 Challenger Division

Challenger Division MCNLL District 17



Challenger Division

MCNLL/District 17


 

  

         The Challenger Division of Little League Baseball is a program for youth with mental and physical disabilities to enjoy the full benefits of Little League participation in an athletic environment structured to their abilities.
For 8 years, over 60 children each spring have participated in the program and enjoyed learning the game of baseball, sportsmanship, and making new friends. 
 
The program provides boys and girls, ages 4 through 23, with the opportunity to participate in little league baseball in a safe playing environment. The focus is on having fun while learning the game; rules are modified to include that no score is kept, each player bats every inning, and everyone plays the entire game.
 
THERE IS NO FEE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CHALLENGER DIVISION, AND EACH PLAYER WILL BE PROVIDED WITH A COMPLETE UNIFORM AND ALL EQUIPMENT.
 
The Challenger Division also includes a “buddy” system, in which youth and adult volunteers assist players throughout the season to ensure their safety and success. The “Team Buddies” include players from Martin County North Little League, local high school baseball and softball teams, and volunteers from Keiser University College of Golf. Back by popular demand, due to the wonderful interaction between all the players and volunteers, our “Team Buddies” program will return again this season!
 
The Challenger Program began in 1986, when Ed Beardsley approached his son’s teacher about forming an athletic after-school program. The students, not able to play regular baseball, needed an alternative. The first year five students participated in this informal version of what is now the Little League International Baseball Challenger Division. By the end of the first season, fourteen children were playing baseball. Today, more than 30,000 players participate in more than 900 Challenger programs worldwide.
 
We are currently in need of a volunteer to run this program. If you are interested, please contact Martin County North Little League at mcnllbaseball@gmail.com
 

 

 



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