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Challenger Baseball

The Challenger Program will be divided into two groups for play: Little League Division (ages 4 to 18) and Senior League Division (18+).

Proposed game times/dates: April 28, May 5, May 12, May 19, May 26, and June 9 (skipping June 2 for PA SO games). Senior League games are at 8:45 am (players should arrive by 8:30am), and Little League games are at 10:30 am (players should arrive by 10:15 am).

We're still set for games at Sichler, but I was made aware that LL has removed (or will soon remove) the infield grass. The dirt infield will be better, unless we have a super rainy spring like last year.

The Centre Region Down Syndrome Society is proud to support a Challenger Baseball team through State College Little League. The Challenger Division was established nationally in 1989 as a separate division of Little League to enable boys and girls with physical and mental challenges, ages 4-18, or up to age 22 if still enrolled in high school, to enjoy the game of baseball along with the millions of other children who participate in this sport worldwide.

Today, more than 30,000 children participate in more than 900 Challenger Divisions worldwide.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

The local State College Challenger League is open to all kids who have special needs, not just those who have Down syndrome. Registration for the local State College Challenger League is FREE and is typically open from mid-January through March.

Each participant receives a team t-shirt and hat. Bats and helmets are provided for use during the games. We have a few extra gloves, though most families opt to purchase their own gloves. Scholarship funds are available through the CRDSS to cover this expense.

The State College Challenger League does not currently have a Senior Challenger Division, but plans are in place to create one for the 2016 season, which would allow for ages 19+ to participate.

To learn more about Challenger Division Baseball, visit Little League Online.

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