Syracuse Challenger Baseball: Welcome

Challenger Baseball welcomes all players with special needs

SCHEDULE:  Schedule is up and opening day is June 2nd in Mattydale!  Let's hope for sunshine and dry fields! 
DONATIONS TO THE LEAGUE:  Please consider making a donation at our Go Fund Me page

CHALLENGER STORY ON CNY CENTRAL:  Thanks to Niko Tamurian for a great piece on Challenger Baseball.

2015 SEASON SIGN UP:  If you would like to be on a list for 2015 please contact Sonya Miller at  For other information contact Dee Perkins.  Starting age for Challenger Baseball is 4 years old and players can play as adults.

ABOUT US: The Challenger Baseball program is one of the oldest Little League programs for special needs children in the country.  The program was started in the '80's by parents in Eastwood who wanted their children to play baseball.  From that time we have grown from 10 to 250 players who play under the auspices of the local District 8 Little League. We have 10 teams for all children and 2 Senior teams for children who want to experience a more difficult level of play.  Our children have various special needs, physical handicaps and developmental delays. The ages range from 4 until adulthood. The purpose of the program is to allow all these wonderful kids to enjoy the game of baseball in a relaxed setting that is supervised by coaches and parents. We are currently playing in fields in Mattydale but hope to have our own fields in East Syracuse by 2015.

GAMES: Each Syracuse Challenger game consists of two innings. All children bat in their respective half of the inning (no score is kept nor are any strikes, walks or outs). Parents, coaches, family members, friends, all help out and are encouraged to assist the children with batting, fielding, running and throwing as necessary. The children are taught good sportsmanship and very basic fundamentals of the game. Every child hits, runs and scores!  

WHAT DO YOU NEED?  Each child receives a jersey and a hat with his team's colors and logo. There is plenty of equipment (bats, balls, helmets, gloves, bases, etc.) for the children to use, but the children may bring their own gloves and bats if they have them.

NO FEES, JUST FUN, FUN, FUN!!! There are no fees to enroll in Challenger baseball. All that is required is a willing children and family to come out and enjoy America's pastime sport with the child's peers in a wonderful summertime setting. 

FIELD OF DREAMS: Please check out all the information on our Field of Dreams fundraising at


SAVE YOUR HATS AND UNIFORMS: Parents, please save your child’s customized uniform jersey to wear next season. 


2010:  Slideshow of our Player of the Year 2010 Matt Yaciuk!  Photos from Eric Caballeroin his photo gallery.  

2007 PHOTOS 2007 SLIDESHOW  2007 Challenger Preview Slideshow 


2006 Photos. 2006 Banquet Slideshow 2006 Opening Day parade photos

2005 Photos

2005 SLIDESHOWS: Red Orange Green Royal Blue Navy Light Blue Coaches


If you would like to sign up your child email our player coordinator Sonya Miller at

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