Valley Center Little League invites all children with special needs to check out Challenger Division baseball. Challenger division is open to players age 4 to 18, or up to 22 years old if not yet graduated from high school, with physical or mental challenges.
The Challenger division places players on teams based on ability, not age. Valley Center Little League started its first Challenger team in Spring 2018. This year, the league is hoping to expand the program.
Since Challenger is a special non-competitive division, VCLL is able to offer baseball to kids not only within the usual VCLL boundaries, but also to players from Escondido. “We want any kid who wants to try out baseball to be able to have that opportunity, regardless of ability,” states Lance Klem, Director of the program. “This division is about having fun playing outdoors and enjoying a sport with friends.”
The Challenger division incorporates the use of buddies to help the player if and when needed. The buddies are mostly kids with baseball experience who sincerely want to pass their love of baseball on to other kids.
If you or someone you know has a special needs child who would like to try out the sport of baseball, consider registering for the Challenger division. VCLL has planned a special registration day during which players can try out the sport prior to registering. This event will take place on Saturday, February 2 at 2 p.m. on the VCLL Minor’s Field. Players and parents with an interest are invited to attend. Registration will also be available on site.