youth ages 5 and up
8:30 - 9:30 am
Starts May 24th for 8 (eight) Saturdays (except July 4th weekend)
Sell 1 box of candy and no registration fee
NOTE: Games are played at Ladish Park which has gravel access areas. Please keep in mind as wheelchair access is affected.
Pictures will be held at General Mitchell School, Corner of Ramsey and Illinois Ave. (3 blocks west of Ladish Park)
Challenger Baseball Goal
Challenger Baseball is a program that gives everyone a chance to play baseball, regardless of limitations. The program is for physically and cognitively challenged youth and children with autism spectrum disorder. The program gives everyone the opportunity to play and enjoy youth baseball in an atmosphere that is geared toward their abilities.
Challenger Baseball participants learn not only the fundamentals of baseball, but also experience pulling together as a team, the atmosphere of being cheered on by a crowd, and being encouraged by their peers. Come on out and check out the games and support the teams and program. It is a lot of fun!
Following basic safety rules, Challenger Baseball has special rules to meet the skill levels of the players. Challenger Baseball players play on the same fields, use the same equipment, and wear the same full types of uniforms as the other CSFLBA teams.
Open to all ages with physical or mental disabilities.
Each Player will use the buddy system, usually a parent, sibling (over age 13) or a close friend.
Each player will bat, and play at least ½ of every game defensively.
Half innings will end one time thru the lineup.
No score will be kept
Players can either hit from a batting tee or off a pitcher.
The teams are supported by coaches and by the buddy system in which young volunteers (ages 13 and up) assist Challenger players when needed both at bat and in the field. Buddies help by pushing players using wheelchairs around the base paths after a hit or by helping a player retrieve a ball that gets past them. But the biggest thing a buddy does is to encourage and be a friend to the players.
CSFLBA CHALLENGER NEWS
Tom Pipines, Fox 6 Sports Director, spent time recently with the CSFLBA Challenger Division. The division is for kids with any type of disability. Tom has had in interest in the athletes for a year or so now and we were finally able to get the schedules to work. While it was after the season had offically ended, the Challenger athletes came out in mid-season form to show Tom their baseball skills, At the end of the day, Tom had an opportunity to bat and run the bases with all of the kids. Thank you to Tom Pipines for taking time to tell the people of Milwaukee the CSFLBA story of our Challenger Disvison.
To see some photos of the event, checkout the "Photos" tab on the left under CSFLBA 2010 Challengers Division album. Check out the link below for FOX 6 and Tom Pipines news story on the CSFLBA Challenger Baseball. http://www.fox6now.com/witi-101010-challenger-baseball,0,421962.story