The McDowell County Little League Challenger Division is designed using Little League’s adaptive baseball program for individuals with physical and intellectual challenges.
Any McDowell County resident between the ages of 4 and 18 who has a physical or intellectual challenge may register to play. Parks and Rec Staff will review the registration of individuals who are over the age of 18 on a case by case basis to determine eligibility.
$60 per participant and includes a Little League Uniform
The games will be played on Field 1 at the Maple Leaf Sports Complex on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month, April through May. Opening Day will be an exception to Friday Nights and will be played as part of the Opening Day of Little League (Saturday). The last game of the Season will be held on the second Friday night in June and will be called the “Challenger Jamboree”.
1. Parents/Guardians must complete a liability waiver for each participant and sign a Code of Conduct.
2. A parent/legal guardian shall serve as their player’s “Buddy.” A League approved “Buddy” must accompany each participant on the field of play for each and every play of ALL Challenger Division Games (including the Jamboree).
3. Parents/Guardians must provide any and all medical equipment and care necessary for their participant.
4. Each participant shall use a tee when batting.
5. Whiffle balls and bats may be substituted for wooden or metal bats and hard baseballs/softballs.
6. No “outs” will be recorded. A ball may be fielded and played with each at bat but will not preclude a participant from “running” or remaining on base.
7. Teams will bat using a “continuous lineup.” Innings will end once the entire lineup has been to bat. Each participant will have a minimum of two at bats during a game.
8. The Scoreboard may be lit but scores will NOT be used to determine the outcome of games.
9. There are no “Losers” in our Challenger Division. In McDowell County Little League’s Challenger Division, each participant will leave the field as a Winner! Champion Medals will be awarded to participants at the end of each Challenger Game.
The McDowell County Parks and Recreation will follow CDC and local guidelines regarding Covid-19.