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New Senior League Challenger Division Provides Opportunity for Older Players to Participate Regardless of Age

Volume 2 | Issue 10 | October 2014 | Archive
New Senior League Challenger Division Provides Opportunity for Older Players to Participate Regardless of Age
Inclusion and opportunity have been the Little League® way since it was founded in 1939. For the past 25 years, Little League Baseball and Softball has provided a division where children with mental and physical disabilities can enjoy everything that the program has to offer. Now, the Senior League Challenger Division offers the same opportunity to anyone over the age of 15, with no upper age limit.

“For 25 years, the Challenger Division has invited communities to welcome children with disabilities into their local Little League programs and give them the chance to share equally in the enjoyment of being Little Leaguers,” said Sam Ranck, Director of the Challenger Division. “The opportunity, friendships and memories are so positive and inspirational that it makes sense to expand the Challenger experience to anyone of any age. We are proud that the groundswell of sentiment and support for the Challenger Division has motivated leagues throughout the world to want this new division in our program.”

The Senior League Challenger Division will be played on a 90-foot diamond and will continue to be a non-competitive division. Players, ages 15-to-18, will have the option to play in either the Challenger Division or the new Senior League.

The Little League Challenger Division began in 1989 and has become an inspirational success. Currently, there are nearly 2,000 teams and 30,000 children playing Challenger around the world.

To educate and inform leagues about the Senior League Challenger Division, answers have been provided to a series of frequently asked questions. All inquiries about this new program are to be directed to Mr. Ranck at sranck@LittleLeague.org or by calling 570-326-1921; ext. 2254.

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The Parent Connection - October 2014 - Archive