WHAT IS CHALLENGER BASEBALL?
“Challenger Baseball” is the baseball division that provides the opportunity to empower children, youth and adults with cognitive or physical disabilities while enjoying all the benefits of the fun sport of baseball “IN A LEAGUE, ON A TEAM, IN A UNIFORM” and to do so at their own pace and ability while having FUN!
The Challenger Baseball game is played in a safe, recreational environment where there are no strikes, no outs, no score to be kept and EVERYONE’S A WINNER!!! Each player will be provided with an able-bodied “Buddy” who are “mentors” and support the player’s involvement in the game, whether that be assisting players hold the bat and swing for a teed or pitched ball, pushing their wheelchair around the bases, providing on-field cues or providing protection from a batted ball! Each player is registered as a player in a conventional Baseball Manitoba local sanctioned league and are assigned a team, have a coach, be outfitted in a uniform and use the same equipment as typical baseball (with adaptations based on the player’s individual abilities)!!
Of course, just as in any other division, Team and Individual pictures are a must along with a party to finish the season AND a ceremony to receive that coveted team trophy!!! Last, but not least, smiles are plentiful and FREE! EVERYONE JUST HAS FUN, isn’t that what baseball is supposed to be about?
Here are some links to videos about our program!
City News Toronto: The inspiring stories behind the Jays 2018 “Unstoppable Kids” campaign