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Challenger Program

Dave Schmeltzer

Dave Schmeltzer

Challenger President

Lake Zurich Baseball & Softball Association is proud to continue its participation in the Little League Challenger Program.  The Little League Challenger Program is Little League’s adaptive baseball program for individuals with physical and intellectual challenges.

Who Can participate in the Lake Zurich Challenger Program?

Any individual with a physical or intellectual challenge may participate. If an individual can participate in the traditional Little League Baseball or Softball program with reasonable accommodations, they should do so. The Little League Challenger Division accommodates players ages 4-18.

What rules are followed during a Challenger game?

Flexibility and adaptability are key during Challenger games. Little League provides all chartered teams with a rulebook that includes a best practice guide to operating a Challenger Game. Typically, games are 1-2 innings long and last about an hour. All players play defensively and bat every inning.

What are “buddies” and what role do they have in the Challenger Division?

Buddies are individuals who assist Challenger athletes in the areas of batting, base running and defense, but only as needed. Often buddies are peer athletes who are participating in the Little League Baseball or Softball program.

We are looking for volunteers from the Lake Zurich community, ages 11 and older, who want to be part of the Challenger program and assist a mentally or physically challenged player.

The buddy would help the player in practices and games this spring and summer.

Applicants are expected to be buddies to Challenger players on the field, at school, and in the community.  Applicants should be buddies to Challenger players on AND off the field, all the time.