The Challenger Division was established by Little League Baseball in 1989 as a separate division of Little League Baseball to enable boys and girls with physical and mental disabilities, ages 5-18 or the completion of high school, to enjoy the game of baseball along with the millions of other children who participate in this sport worldwide.
All Children ages 5 through 18, or who remain in school, with physical or mental disabilities are encouraged to participate. Level of play based upon players size, age and skill level are recommended where numbers allow.
Teams can include as many as 15 to 20 players. Players can participate in one of three levels: Tee Ball, Coach-Pitch, Player-Pitch.
Each player in Tee Ball and Coach-Pitch may use the "Buddy" system, however, it is not mandatory. "Buddies" can also assist the Player-Pitch participants.
Every player on the roster is in the batting order and shall play defensively for the entire game.
No team is scheduled to play more than one game in one day. The side is retired when the offense has batted through the roster, or when three outs are recorded.
Little League recommends that no score be kept during games.
Challenger Division players wear the same uniforms, shoulder patches, and safety equipment as other Little Leaguers.