Challenger program

What is the Little League Challenger Program?

The Little League Challenger Program is Little League's adaptive baseball program for individuals with physical and intellectual challenges. West Seattle Little League partners with Washington State Little League District 7 to facilitate this program in the greater Seattle area. West Seattle Little League is excited to announce its first season for the challengers team this Spring 2022. 

Who can participate in the Little League Challenger Program?

Any individual with a physical or intellectual challenge may participate who lives in the West Seattle community. If an individual can participate in the traditional Little League baseball or softball program with reasonable accommodations they should do so. The Little League Challenger Program accommodates players ages 4-18, or up to age 22 if still enrolled in school. 

Is there a cost to participate in the Challenger Program?

There is no fee to participate in the West Seattle Little League Challenger Program.

What rules are followed during a Challenger game?

Flexibility and adaptability are key during Challenger games. Little League provides all chartered teams with a rulebook that includes a best practices guide to operating a Challenger Game. Typically games are 1-2 innings long and last about an hour. All players play defensively and bat every inning.

What are "buddies" and what role do they have in the Challenger Program?

Buddies are individuals who assist Challenger athletes in the areas of batting, base running and defense, but only as needed. Often buddies are peer athletes who are participating in the Little League baseball or softball program.

How do I sign up?

Scroll to the bottom of this page and click Register to sign up your player. If you have questions, contact Irina Anthony, WSLL's Director of Equity & Inclusion.

How can I help?

We are a volunteer based league and if you are interested in volunteering for the Challenger Program, please contact Irina Anthony. We are looking for a coach, team manager and on the field buddies.  

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