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Challenger Little Leagues Thriving in the DMV Area

A little boy in a baseball uniform
A little boy in a baseball uniform
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Parents with a special need child sometimes face difficulties finding activities for their child. The sports world found a solution: Challenger Baseball League. This league began in 1989 and is a subdivision of Little League. If your child has physical and mental difficulties and is between the ages of 4-18, or up to 22, if they are still enrolled in high school, then they will be able to play Challenger baseball.

Each team has about 15-20 kids and setup based on abilities and not age. The baseball games can be played as tee ball, coach pitch, player pitch or as a combination of all three types. Every child will have a chance to bat and usually no score is kept. Challenger teams wear the same baseball uniforms as the kids playing in Little League.

Challenger Baseball encourages the use of “buddies”, which assists the challenger player on the field and also make plays for the team. Registrations on local Challenger Teams have begun. There are teams in Arlington, Fairfax, Frederick, MD to name a few. To find a team in your area, visit the Little League website.