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Challenger Division

 Challenger Division

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. 

Have questions or want more information about the Challenger Program? Feel free to contact Mark Johnson, ADA of the Challenger Division.



Mark Johnson
Challenger Division - ADA
Illinois District 13 Little League
Email: markejohnson456@gmail.com
Challenger Website: www.challengerillinois.com  
 

Challenger Information



Contact Information

Who do I contact if I am interested or have questions?

Click on the league name below or their website address to open a new window to access their Challenger Program information. You can also email the Challenger Contact Person for each league by clicking their email address below.

Bartlett Little League
Paul Williams
Challenger Division VP
Email: 
bllchallengers@gmail.com
Website: www.bllchallengers.org

Lake Zurich Baseball
Andy Cox
Challenger Division Coordinator
Email: andy@lzbsa.org
Website: www.lzbsa.org/page/show/1200813-challenger-program

Libertyville Little League
Andrea O’Donnell
Director Challengers Division
Email: odonnela@sbcglobal.net
Website: libertyvillebaseball.org

Tri-Cities Little League
Donna Patterson
Challenger Division VP
Email: donna@tri-citiesll.com
Website: www.tri-citiesll.com/Default.aspx?tabid=702524

Woodstock Little League
Rochelle Donahue
Challenger Division VP
Email: rochelledonahue@comcast.net
Website: www.woodstockchallenger.com


Looking Challenger Field Locations?

Click Here to access a map of the Challenger Program Fields within District 13.


How do I start a Challenger Program at my League?

If you want to start a Challenger Program or have questions, you can contact:

Mark Johnson
Challenger Division - ADA
Illinois District 13 Little League
Email: markejohnson456@gmail.com
Challenger Website: www.challengerillinois.com

Challenger Division Resources

Challenger Division Resources

Click the links below to access more information:



2017 Challenger Division Rulebooks

Click the links below to access the order site for either a print Rulebook or an eRulebook.

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