GVLL's Challenger Program
Our Adaptive Division for Physically and Developmentally Challenged ChildrenUpdated Sunday December 10, 2017 by Greenwich Village Little League.
What is Challenger baseball?
Little League’s Challenger Division was established in 1989 as a separate, adaptive division of Little League to give boys and girls with physical and developmental challenges, ages 4-18 (or up to age 22 if still enrolled in high school), a chance to enjoy the game of baseball.
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 the games are designed to be developmentally appropriate with an emphasis on fun and teamwork.
Who can play?
Challenger is open to boys and girls ages 4-18 (or up to age 22 if still enrolled in high school). Every child has the opportunity to participate regardless of ability or limitations.
Where and when do games take place?
What is a typical game like?
What are Challenger buddies?
Buddies are GVLL player volunteers—boys and girls chosen on the basis of their enthusiasm, kindness and patience who assist Challengers players with batting, fielding and running the bases where necessary and encourage the players to bat and make plays themselves. The buddy is always nearby to help on an individual basis when needed.
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