Challenger Baseball is a program that provides an opportunity for children with cognitive or physical disabilities to enjoy the full benefits of participation in baseball at a level structured to their abilities. Baseball games are played in a fun, safe environment where no score is kept. Able-bodied “Buddies” are assigned (one on one, where possible) to each participant. These Buddies assist the Challenger players with their involvement in the game. Pushing wheelchairs around the base path, assisting players in how to hold the bat and swing, or providing protection for the Challenger player from a batted ball, are just a few of the ways the Buddies offer a better experience for the participants in Challenger Baseball. Each participant is treated like every other player in the conventional baseball program. All players are outfitted in uniforms, use the same equipment, and play their games at the local baseball parks. A team picture is a must for Challenger, as it is in the other divisions. Last but not least, the smiles are plentiful and free! The joy on the face of each participant in Challenger Baseball makes it very clear how much fun they are having. No pressures, no playing time issues, everyone just has fun! It's what baseball is supposed to be all about!!
CHALLENGER BASEBALL GOALS
To provide opportunities for Children, Youth and Adults with disabilities to play organized baseball
To provide experiences that enhance the lives of participants and their families.
To teach and empower children, youth and adults with disabilities the core life skills inherent to baseball including teamwork, communication, determination, resiliency, inclusion, independence, confidence, self-esteem, social skills and courage
To provide the basis of physical literacy to allow participants to continue with baseball, sports and physical activity into adulthood.
Manitoba Challenger Baseball Provincial Contact
The following Manitoba leagues host Challenger Baseball Divisions
(click on their name to be taken directly to their websites):?
ST JAMES ASSINIBOIA MINOR BASEBALL ASSOCIATION
North of the Assiniboine River to the Perimetre Hwy, West of Rte. 90 and South of Inkster Blvd. to Red River. Also including the RM of Rosser & Headingley.
St James Division Coordinator
WINNIPEG SOUTH MINOR BASEBALL ASSOCIATION
South of Assiniboine River to Red River, East of Red River to South of CN Rail Main Line (HWY 1). This includes areas such as Lorette, Iles Des Chenes, St. Adolphe, La Salle, St. Norbert, Steinbach, La Broquerie, Grunthal, St. Anne, etc.
NORTH WINNIPEG MINOR BASEBALL ASSOCIATION
Perimeter Highway and the RM of St. Andrews north border, to include the RM of West St. Paul, the RM of St.
Andrews and the City of Selkirk.
Lake Winnipeg and the Red River.
St. James St./Century (Route 90) and the west borders of the RM of West St. Paul and the RM of St. Andrews.
North Winnipeg Division Coordinator
RED RIVER VALLEY BASEBALL
NORTH: Along Red River North to include Bird’s Hill Park, RM of E. St. Paul, RM of St. Clement to Highway #4 and #435 (including Lockport and East Selkirk).
SOUTH: South side of the following: CNR main line to Lagimodiere Blvd. South on Lagimodiere to Fermor (Trans-Canada Highway #1). Fermor to the Perimeter Highway and the RM of Springfield line.
EAST: Includes RM of Springfield to Highway 12, to include Dugald, Oakbank, Anola and Hazelridge.
?WEST: The Red River?
RRV Division Coordinator
MORDEN CHALLENGER BASEBALL
Anywhere South of Winnipeg
Morden Division Coordinator