The Challenger Baseball League is Little League’s adaptive baseball program for individuals with physical and intellectual challenges. The Little League Challenger Division accommodates players ages 5 to 18; or up to age 22 if still enrolled in school. The Senior League Challenger Division accommodates players ages 15 and above (no maximum age).
The DuBois Challenger Baseball League was started in 2009 with the help of a few volunteer coaches, and monetary donations from local businesses, clubs, or private donors. The Challenger program utilizes a buddy system. Many kids consistently volunteer their time to assist and encourage Challenger players. Additionally, coaches and their little league and varsity teams have stepped up to be buddies to our athletes. This relationship is a very rewarding experience for everyone involved.
When Challenger started in DuBois, there were approximately 25 kids playing on 3 teams. Games were played at the end of the summer over a two-week span. This was the only time a field was available with dugouts large enough to accommodate wheelchairs. Many games had to be cancelled because the weather caused the field conditions to be unsafe for our players.
Currently our league consists of over 70 players on 7 different teams, including our newly formed Senior Division. Games are now being played during the regular Little League season on the Rose and Dennis Heindl Memorial Field. Our Challenger players are privileged and honored to be playing on one of the nicest fields in the state!
Contact Information for Challenger League:
Bill & Keri Cuba