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Challenger Program

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 any age, 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.

Teams are set up according to abilities, rather than age, and can include as many as 15-20 players. Challenger games can be played as t-ball games, coach pitch, player pitch, or a combination of the three. In a Challenger game, each player gets a chance at bat. The side is retired when the offense has batted through the roster, when a pre-determined number of runs have been scored, or when three outs are recorded. Little League recommends that no score be kept during Challenger games. The Challenger players wear the same uniforms, shoulder patches and safety equipment as other Little League players. Accident insurance and liability insurance are set at the same low cost as other Little League divisions and are available through Little League Headquarters in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

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 Challenger District 56 encompasses all 11 leagues in our district and 7 cities-which include Brea, Whittier, La Habra, Placentia, Fullerton, Hacienda Heights and Yorba Linda. 

We have all ages starting with age 4 by Aug 31st and our home field is at Portola Park in La Habra CA
For more info contact: Dave Gaytan @ [email protected]

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