The Challenger division of Little League Baseball was established in 1989 as a division to enable boys and girls with special needs to enjoy the game of baseball along with the millions of other children who participate in Little League world wide.
The Challenger division of baseball, a local, provincial, national and international league, is based on the understanding that kids with a wide variety of special needs have the ability to play baseball, build skills, be part of a team, make friends and have a lot of fun, in a league…on a team…in a uniform.
Challengers also provides an opportunity for the buddy program, in which children and youth from the host baseball park, siblings or others, provide assistance to the Challenger players at bat or in the field when needed. Challengers provides the opportunity
for every child to play the game of baseball; it also provides opportunities for the children and youth of our communities to learn the value of good citizenship, inclusion and to develop their leadership skills in a fun and supportive environment. Are you or someone you know interested in being a Buddy? Please read Being a Hampton Challenger Buddy.
Challenger games are played as T-ball games, coach pitching, player pitching or a combination of the three – whatever our players need in order to participate fully.
Each Hampton Challenger player receives the same Little League experience as all association players: being part of a team, outfitted in uniform, awards at the end of the season, and being a member of the Hampton Little League community.
The Blue Jays, Jays Care Foundation, has recently partnered with the Challenger program
For more information about this fantastic program, please contact our Director of Challengers, Kristen Kay