Teaching Baseball Skills
The fundamental goal of the Little League Challenger Division is to provide an environment where participants can learn and enjoy the game of baseball in an environment structured to their abilities. Buddies are used to assist players in the areas of batting, fielding and base running when necessary. In addition to assisting players, buddies should also help teach players baseball skills and fundamentals.
The baseball skills and abilities of players on a typical Challenger team may vary greatly. The coach of each team should work with the players and buddies to set individual goals for each player. For some players, a goal may be learning how to throw a baseball, while for others a goal may be learning to field a ground ball, catch a fly ball or swing the bat without the assistance of a buddy. Some players may even work towards improving their abilities so that they do not need regular assistance from a buddy. In these cases, one buddy may be able to “float” between several players on the field and provide assistance when needed.
As players improve their baseball skills, they enjoy a sense of accomplishment as they achieve their goals. It is important to remember that the role of the buddy is to assist when necessary and to help the participants learn the game, not to play the game for the participants.
For more tips on running a successful Challenger Division, visit the Challenger Division webpage at http://www.LittleLeague.org/media/challenger/challengertips.htm. For more information on starting a Challenger Division, contact Sam Ranck at challenger@LittleLeague.org or (570) 326-1921.