Thursday, February 23, 2012

Little League Challenger Division

I'm very happy to be involved with the Little League's Challenger program again this year.  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.

In a Challenger game, each player gets a chance at 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. No score is kept during Challenger games. The Challenger players will receive uniforms and safety equipment.

The registration fee for the Challenger Division in Boone is FREE!

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.

If you're in the central Iowa area, or know someone who is, that would be interested in participating in the Challenger league please contact me.  You'll never see a bigger smile than some of the Challenger kids when they get a round of applause from the spectators as they play ball.


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