Challenger League for Children with Disabilities

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.

Rules:

  • 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 2018 season begins on September 1 & runs for five weeks, ending on September 29 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 24.  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 Challenger League Coordinator Randy Norton at randaln@charter.net.

Key Dates:
Jun 9: Registration begins for WMLL Fall Ball season online
Jul 4: $10 discount for early payment ends
Aug 17: Fall Ball Registration Ends
Aug 24: Challenger League parent, player & buddy meeting*
Aug 24: Challenger League player practice game
Sept 1: Opening Day for Challenger League
Sep 29: Final game of season

Questions?: If you have questions about WMLL’s Challenger League, please contact Challenger League Coordinator Randy Norton at randaln@charter.net.