WMLL is proud to offer baseball for boys & girls with physical & mental disabilities through our Challenger League program. Launched in 2009, our Challenger League offers an authentic Little League experience in an athletic environment structured to the ability of each player.
Eligibility: Any disabled boy or girl aged 7 to 18 years old living in Dane County is eligible to play.
- Games run for 1.5 hours & usually allow for three complete innings of play. No score is kept.
- Each player takes a position on the field & bats every inning. A half-inning is over when all the players on a team have batted.
- Batters can choose to be pitched to by a coach or hit off a tee. There are no strikeouts.
- Players in the field attempt to make outs, but even if they do, the batter stays on base as a baserunner.
“Buddies”: 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.
Click HERE for information about being a Challenger League buddy.
Teams: Teams are organized based on ability, rather than age. If enough players register to field four teams, two skill levels will be used – one focused on participation & one for more advance players. If two skill levels are used, two teams will be formed at each level & these teams will play each other each week.
Games: The 2019 season begins on August 31 & runs for five weeks, ending on September 28 if there are no rainouts. All games are on Saturday mornings at the WMLL Major Field (the field closest to Forward Drive).
Practice Game: There will be a practice game the evening of August 23. Before the game, players will meet their buddies & coaches and receive their uniforms.
Fees & Discounts: The standard registration fee is $35 with a $10 early bird discount for players that register by July 4.
Scholarships: Scholarships are also available for the entire registration fee, thanks to the generous support of many area businesses, organizations & parents. If you would like to make a donation, please contact Brian Beutter, WMLL’s executive director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Challenger League Coordinator Randy Norton at email@example.com.
Aug 23 (Fri): Challenger League buddy meeting (pizza will be served) from 5:30 PM to 6:00 PM at WMLL Picnic Porch
Aug 23 (Fri): Challenger League coach buddy & player meeting from 6:00 PM to 6:30 PM at WMLL Picnic Porch
Aug 23 (Fri): Challenger League practice game from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM at WMLL Major Field
Aug 31 (Sat): Opening Day for Challenger League
Sep 7 (Sat): Challenger League night games
Sep 28 (Sat): End of Challenger League season (excluding rainout makeups)
Questions?: If you have questions about WMLL’s Challenger League, please contact Challenger League Coordinator Randy Norton at firstname.lastname@example.org.