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2023 Spring League - Little League Challenger

RUG Little League is chartered through Little League International (LLI), and we share LLI's belief in the power of youth baseball and softball to teach life lessons that build stronger individuals and communities. We serve communities in northeast Seattle from the University District to Cedar Park, and our home field are the Maple Leaf Reservoir Park Ballfields. We strive to bring our NE Seattle community together around youth baseball and softball.

The Little League Challenger Baseball program is a co-ed program available to players league age 4 through adult whose emotional and/or physical disabilities prevent them from playing in a mainstream baseball or softball program. The season in North Seattle typically starts the first week of April and runs through the middle of June. Registration takes place from December 1 through February 28, with a 10% early bird discount offered during the month of December.

In 2023, both Challenger divisions will start practicing in mid-April, and conclude with an End-of-Season Jamboree on Saturday, June 17.

Scholarships are available. For families registering multiple children, RUGLL offers a $450 family out of pocket max. Exceptions are also offered to the age requirements. If you have further questions or need help registering, email the League President ([email protected]) or Registrar ([email protected]).

Challenger Baseball Division

Registration closes on 03/31/2023 at 11:59 PM
Season Dates: 04/17/2023 to 06/17/2023
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Senior Challenger Baseball Division

Registration closes on 03/31/2023 at 11:59 PM
Season Dates: 04/17/2023 to 06/17/2023
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Challenger Information

The Challenger Division of Little League is a program for developmentally and physically challenged youth, helping them to enjoy the full benefits of Little League participation in an athletic environment structured to their abilities. More than the skills of baseball learned through the experience, the value of the Little League Challenger Division is found in the proven therapeutic and socialization benefits of participating in sports; the strengthening of participants' self-esteem; the opportunities to mainstream into other divisions of play and the disciplines of teamwork, sportsmanship and fair play, which are hallmarks of the Little League program.

The Little League Challenger Division provides the framework so Little League programs may offer a structured, athletic activity for all youth in their communities. Playing with the same equipment on the same fields, Challenger Division participants have the opportunity to experience the joys of pulling together as a team, being cheered, and earning awards for their achievements. Today more than 30,000 children participate in more than 900 Challenger Divisions worldwide.

Teams are set-up by age and can include as many as 10-15 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 pre-determined 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.

Who qualifies for the Challenger program? The Challenger Division offers boys and girls with physical and developmental challenges, ages 4 to adult, the opportunity to participate in an organized game of baseball. The most fundamental goal of the Challenger Division is to give everyone a chance to play.

Registration? Challenger registration for the 2023 season will take place by selecting above. Scheduling and team assignments will be handled by District 8 and their staff. Practices start early-April, and the season will run roughly early-May through mid-June, two games per week.

Questions? Specific questions can be answered by our District Coordinators Beverly Newsome @ 360-805-0181, email [email protected] or Ann Kilker @ (714) 369-4236, email [email protected]

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