2020 WMLL Challenger League is Cancelled

WMLL is honored to offer baseball for boys & girls with physical & mental disabilities through our Challenger League program.  The program & its players have been a very special part of the WMLL since 2009. 

As such, it is with great sadness that WMLL announces that there will be no Challenger League baseball this fall.  While the WMLL Board regretted that this decision had to be made, there was clear agreement that it was the correct decision.

Throughout this pandemic, the Board has been steadfast in not allowing any activity at WMLL unless it is permitted by Dane County and unless WMLL can implement effective protocols and safety measures to keep players, volunteers, coaches & family members safe.

While there were many concerns about offering Challenger League baseball this fall, two in particular created the biggest barriers.

  • First, players & their buddies would need to maintain 6-feet of physical distancing with one another at all times…and with all other players, buddies & coaches, too.  This would effectively make it impossible for the buddies to actually assist the players.
  • Second, Dane County’s 25-person outdoor gathering limit would make it impossible for parents to attend games unless we limited rosters to 6 players per team, limited family attendance to one member per player AND got permission to classify buddies as staff from Public Health Madison Dane County.

The Board did not feel that these limitations would allow Challenger League play to occur in a fun, encouraging, safe & responsible way.