Be a Challenger League “buddy”

WMLL offers baseball for boys & girls with physical & mental disabilities through the Challenger League program.  Every Challenger League player is paired with an able-bodied “buddy”, usually WMLL baseball & softball players.

Buddies provide encouragement & assistance as needed on the field, at bat & in the dugout.  The use of volunteer buddies allows the parents of Challenger League players to sit in the stands, watch the game and cheer on the players.

The 2020 season begins on August 28 & runs for five weeks, ending on October 2 if there are no rainouts.  All games are for 1.5 hours on Saturday mornings at the WMLL Battista Field (the field closest to Forward Drive) – except for a special game under the lights on the evening of September 4.  There is a practice game on August 20, before which buddies & players will meet one another.

If you are at least 11 years-old & are interested in being a Challenger League buddy, please email Challenger League Coordinator Randy Norton at by August 1 – include your name, email, home phone & cell phone.

Buddies who can be available for ALL Challenger League games are preferred, as players really count on having their buddy present.  If you can’t make every game, please note that when you email Randy.  WMLL does keep a list of substitute buddies on hand for emergencies.

Challenger League in the News:
Click HERE for a WISC-TV News 3 feature on the Challenger League
Click HERE for an Isthmus feature on Jaden Weiss, a former Challenger League buddy

Click HERE for more information about WMLL’s Challenger League.