Syracuse Challenger Baseball: Welcome


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 6 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 up to adult players. 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.
In 2016 we are pleased to announce that our adult and senior teams will be playing at the new FIELD OF DREAMS at 500 Roby Ave. East Syracuse near Carrier Circle. Our junior teams will continue to play in Mattydale at Malden Rd. and Westwood Ave. Mattydale.
Please support the sponsors who help us make the program free for all players.
Our season starts Thursday June 2nd and our last official game will be July 21st. Our two NBT Stadium nights will be July 25th and 26th.  We are so happy to continue our partnership with the Syracuse Chiefs. Please support our local baseball team as much as you can this season!
Little League Appreciation Night at the Syracuse Chiefs is Saturday June 4th. For more info click here. 

 To sign up a player please use this form: 

To sign up as a volunteer please use this form:

DIRECTIONS: Looking for the fields? Click here for directions and a field map with numbers. Here is a link to the fields in Mattydale:

DONATIONS TO THE LEAGUE:  Please consider making a donation at our Go Fund Me page
Find us here on facebook:

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


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


Our league can be reached at our email address Please use the forms above for volunteer or player enrollment!

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