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Sep, 2019

Challenger League Buddy Baseball Opening Day-Sept 21st

Spring Hill Little League Challenger League

    Baseball is a national past time and holds a special place in the heart of our country. Spring Hill Little League finds importance in offering programs that meet the need of our community. With this in mind, we are proud to provide an opportunity in our new challenger league.


 What is the Challenger League?

    The SHLL Challenger League offers the opportunity for children with intellectual and physical disabilities the chance to play baseball. This division is for ages 4-18 and up to 22 if enrolled in school. No child shall be denied the opportunity to play baseball. This league meets that need. As a part of this division, SHLL will be implementing a “Buddy Ball” system and approach.


What is Buddy Ball?

    Each game a 'Buddy' will be assigned to any child or person in need. This buddy can help assist in swinging the bat, running bases, fielding balls, and help meet other requirements. The buddy system allows a relationship that can help the player better bond with the game and environment. It will also allow for fun memories and help to build self-confidence. This system will develop a mutual respect that will be emotionally rewarding for the buddy as it is the player. All buddies must be at least 12 years of age to participate.


What is the Senior Challenger Division?

    The Senior Challenger Division is for any person, age 15 and up, that have an intellectual or physical disability. This division has no age maximum. Much like the regular challenger division, senior division will also include the option for a buddy to be assigned.  Participation enrollment may require merging the youth and senior age groups for games. 


How Much Does It Cost?

    This program is free of charge to any participant.  Anyone that would like to help sponsor this program needs to contact the league.  


When are the Games? Where are the Games? How Long are They?

   The games will begin on September 21, 2019, and will continue for six weeks. All games will be played on Saturday mornings at the Spring Hill Little League Complex.  Each game is 1 hour long and will consist of two innings of baseball.


Can I Volunteer?

    We are in current need of volunteer buddies. These volunteers may consist of individuals, groups, or organizations. If interested in volunteering, please sign up as a volunteer buddy or contact the league for more information. All buddies must be at least 10 years of age to participate. 

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