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The Challenger Division was established as a separate division of Little League Baseball to enable boys and girls with physical and mental disabilities to enjoy the game of baseball along with the millions of other children who participate in this sport worldwide.

Teams are set up according to abilities, rather than age, and can include as many as 15-20 players. Each player gets a chance at bat. 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.

The following leagues offer a Challenger program.  Players living within District 34 are eligible to enroll in any league's program regardless of town of residence.

League

Contact

Phone

E-Mail

Commack South Sal Formica 631.831.2911 sallfd@aol.com
Half Hollow Hills Steve Muraco 631.699.0100 muraco@mvsmailers.com
Lindenhurst American Dennis Springer 631.226.2875 challenger@lindyamerican.org
North Babylon Mike Filippone 631.376.0111 nbplayeragent@aol.com
West Islip Jim Alcus 631.376.1642 jalcus@aol.com

 

For further program information, see Little League International's site here.