Challenger League

The Challenger Program was established in 1989 as a separate division of Little League Baseball to enable boys and girls with physical and mental disabilities, ages 5-18 or the completion of high school, to enjoy the game of baseball along with the millions of other children who participate in this sport worldwide.

District 54 is looking for children in our community who would like to participate in our Challenger Program. If you have a child with special needs or know someone that does, please encourage them to contact District 54 Challenger Coordinators for more information of the 2017 season.  You can go to for more information and to register for the program.

Interested in Being a Challenger Buddy?
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 the plays themselves. However, the buddy is always nearby when needed. We encourage the children in our regular little league program, over the age of 10, to play an active role in our Challenger program by becoming a buddy...if your child is interested, please email District 54 at the address listed above with your child's name, address, phone number age and local league name that they currently play in. The buddies will be notified mid-to-late February with all the necessary information on their challenger player.

Thanks for making the game even more special for these participants! 

Garth Lynch
Division Coordinator 

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