Challenger program

What is the Little League Challenger Program?
   - Little League's adaptive baseball program for individuals with physical and intellectual challenges
   - WSLL partners with Washington State Little League District 7 to facilitate this program in the greater Seattle area
 
Who can participate in the Little League Challenger Program?
   - Any individual with a physical or intellectual challenge AND 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 WSLL 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, as needed, in the areas of batting, base running and defense
   - Buddies are often peer athletes who are participating in WSLL baseball or softball programs
 
How do I sign up?
   - Select the Challenger program below to register.
 
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

Registration Listing

2023 Challenger Baseball

Welcome to the registration site for West Seattle Little League. Please read the below information closely and be sure you are intending to register for the CHALLENGER DIVISION. Challenger participation is limited to those with intellectual and physical disabilities.

The Challenger Division of Little League is a program for developmentally and physically challenged youth, helping them to enjoy the full benefits of Little League participation in an athletic environment structured to their abilities. More than the skills of baseball learned through the experience, the value of the Little League Challenger Division is found in the proven therapeutic and socialization benefits of participating in sports; the strengthening of participants' self-esteem; the opportunities to mainstream into other divisions of play and the disciplines of teamwork, sportsmanship and fair play, which are hallmarks of the Little League program.

The Little League Challenger Division provides the framework so Little League programs may offer a structured, athletic activity for all youth in their communities. Playing with the same equipment on the same fields, Challenger Division participants have the opportunity to experience the joys of pulling together as a team, being cheered, and earning awards for their achievements. Today more than 30,000 children participate in more than 900 Challenger Divisions worldwide.

Who qualifies for the Challenger program? The Challenger Division offers boys and girls with physical and developmental challenges, ages 4 to adult, the opportunity to participate in an organized game of baseball. The most fundamental goal of the Challenger Division is to give everyone a chance to play.

Challenger - Little League Challenger Division

Registration closes on 05/31/2023 at 11:59 PM
Season Dates: 03/01/2023 to 06/30/2023
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