Challenger Division

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Maricopa Little League is pleased to offer the Challenger Division for the 2016 season





The Challenger Division was established 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.

Teams are set up according to abilities, rather than age, and can include as many as 15-20 players. Challenger games can be played as t-ball games, coach pitch, player pitch, or a combination of the three.

In a Challenger game, each player gets a chance at bat. The side is retired when the offense has batted through the roster, or when a predetermined number of runs have been scored, or when three outs are recorded. Little League recommends that no score be kept during Challenger games. The Challenger players wear the same uniforms, shoulder patches and safety equipment as other Little League players.



Maricopa Little League is looking for Challenger Buddies to help our Challenger Players in the upcoming spring season. Challenger Buddies will be assigned to help a specific player and/or team with practice and games. This is sure to be a very rewarding experience. We are looking to fill the buddy positions with current and former Little League (minor, major, junior and senior) players.  If this is something you are interested in, or know someone who would be interested, please contact our volunteer coordinator Kelleigh at and fill out the interest form on our website.


We will be having an orientation meeting for all interested challenger buddy participants on Wednesday, February 4th at Saddleback Elementary.

Meeting will start at 6:30pm and be held in the MPR.