Above: Player Abigail, Buddy Maile (L) and Coach Bill (R)
This league is for children with disabilities, ages 7-18. WMLL has offered the Challenger League for these children since 2009. This league has been featured by NBC15 WMTV and was on the front page of the Wisconsin State Journal! The Challenger League is part of the Fall Ball program only, with games played on Saturday mornings for the most part. Online registration runs June 10 thru the start of the season. The 2017 season begins Saturday, Sept 2 and concludes Sept 30, assuming no rainouts. There will be a practice game the evening of August 25 where players will meet their buddies and coaches, and receive their uniforms.
Each Challenger player is paired with an able-bodied Buddy, who provides encouragement and assistance as needed before, during and after the game. Buddies are primarily WMLL players from the baseball and softball programs and their volunteer participation provides the parents with an opportunity to take a break, sit in the stands and cheer for their player.
ATTENTION POTENTIAL BUDDIES: If you are at least 11 years old and have an interest in serving as a buddy, please email Challenger Lg Coordinator Hope Houle at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your best contact info (home phone, cell phone and email) and send into Hope by August 1st. We prefer buddies who can be avaiable for ALL Challenger games as these special players really count on having their buddy present for each game. If you can’t make every game, please note that when you email your contact info to Hope. We do keep a list of substitute buddies on hand for emergencies. Buddy orientation meeting will be Aug 25, 5:30 PM, at WMLL fields on Forward Drive.
Fees for the Challenger program are $25 per player if registered by July 4, and $35 after that date. Scholarships are also available for the entire fee, thanks to the generous support of many area businesses, organizations and parents. If you would like to support this wonderful program, please contact Hope Houle at email@example.com. (608-698-1650).