Syracuse Challenger Baseball: Welcome

WELCOME TO THE 2015 SEASON!

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 1980's by parents in Eastwood who wanted their children to play baseball. From that time we have grown from 10 to 265 players who play under the auspices of the local District 8 Little League. We have 10 teams for children, 2 Senior teams for players who want to experience a more difficult level of play and in 2015 we are pleased to announce two adult teams for players over 15 who want to play with peers. 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 2016.

NEW WEBSITE ADDRESS:  http://www.syracusechallengerbaseball.com

DIRECTIONS: Looking for the fields? Click here for directions and a field map with numbers. Here is a link to the fields in Mattydale: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Malden+Rd,+Syracuse,+NY+13211/@43.1048476,-76.1321658,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x89d9ed787ed783e1:0xe7bb03d1d06a9462 
 
METS and YANKEES will be playing in Eastwood at Cummings field for the rest of the season. That is located at 311 North Ave behind Walgreens in Eastwood.  https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Cummings+Field,+Edtim+Rd,+Syracuse,+NY+13206,+United+States/''/@43.0706068,-76.1518697,13z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m13!4m12!1m5!1m1!1s0x89d9f2eeb6e230e9:0x107ef6976564311f!2m2!1d-76.114962!2d43.07055!1m5!1m1!1s0x0:0x107ef6976564311f!2m2!1d-76.114962!2d43.07055
 
PHOTO NIGHTS:  Our dear friend Cee Cee will be taking photos of our players this year.  Please see Jennifer Savastino for order forms.
 
Updated Photo Schedule:
tuesday July 7th--Team Believe Engines Team Believe Express
Thursday July 9th--Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Mets The Stone Family Yankees
Tuesday July 14th-- make up night
 
As we all know--- these are also subject to change depending on weather.. Will update as necessary
 
CHALLENGER FUNDRAISER:  For the first time we are selling Challenger tee shirts, hats, water bottles and window stickers.  Please pick up a form from Jennifer Savastino to order before June 30th. 
 
2016 SEASON SIGN UP: We have closed our signups for 2015.  If you would like to be on a list for 2016 please contact Sonya Miller at syracusechallengerbaseball@gmail.com.  Starting age for Challenger Baseball is 4 years old and players can play as adults.
 
DONATIONS TO THE LEAGUE:  Please consider making a donation at our Go Fund Me page
 
Find us here on facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Syracuse-Challenger-Baseball/109505382407843M

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

Who Is Challenger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 http://www.challengerfieldofdreams.org

FACEBOOK LINK:  Check us out on FACEBOOK!

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

PHOTOS and SLIDESHOWS FROM PAST SEASONS

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

2004 SLIDESHOW 2004 PHOTOS

If you would like to sign up your child email our player coordinator Sonya Miller at sonya.miller71@hotmail.com.

If you have any questions or comments about the website, email me here



Upcoming Events
Date Event Time Location
Tue 7/21 star Challenger Night at NBT Stadium 2015 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM The NBT Bank Stadium