GVLL's Challenger Program

Our Adaptive Division for Physically and Developmentally Challenged Children

Updated Saturday March 4, 2017 by Greenwich Village Little League.

The 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*, 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.

In 2007, Downtown Little League started its own Challenger Division, and every Saturday morning since, from April through June, Challenger games have been played on the north diamond at the Battery Park City Ball Fields. Under the leadership of Paul Colliton, a longtime Tribeca resident, an avid baseball fan, and the father of an autistic child, the division has grown and flourished.

Over two dozen physically and developmentally challenged players will once again have an opportunity this spring to learn how to hit, run and be a member of a team, thanks to help from parents, NYU volunteers, coaches and older players from other DLL baseball and softball divisions. These volunteers assist on the field, either by showing a Challenger player how to hold the bat, run around the bases, or simply how to cheer on their teammates. 

With Paul Colliton’s guidance, Greenwich Village Little League is for the first time fielding a team as part of DLL’s Spring Challenger program. The goal is to start our own program in 2018. We are encouraging all children with physical or developmental challenges age 4-18* to sign up and be a part of it. Players don’t have to live within our catchment to participate.

Our season starts on April 29, 2017, and ends on June 17, 2017. Games will be played on  BPCBF north diamond, on the corner of West and Warren Streets, each Saturday morning from 10AM-11:30 AM. We provide the uniforms and plenty of eager volunteers. The cost is $250; you can register by clicking the red “Register Online” button on our home page. Those needing financial assistance should email us here with the subject line “2017 Spring Scholarship Request” to request a scholarship.

There are just ten slots on the GVLL’s first Challenger team, so while we will maintain a waitlist, we urge those who are interested to register now. We hope to see you soon for what is sure to be a rewarding experience for all involved.

Note that if a child can play traditional Little League baseball or softball with reasonable accommodations, we encourage him or her to sign up for one of our traditional GVLL divisions (check residency requirements here).

Questions? Email us at gvll.contact@gmail.com.

*Up to age 22 if enrollled in high school.