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Shrewsbury Little League: Challenger Division Baseball

LIttle_League_baseball,_May_2009SHREWSBURY, Massachusetts – The Challenger Division is a separate division of Little League to enable boys and girls with physical and intellectual disabilities, to enjoy the full benefits of Little League participation in an athletic environment structured to their abilities. More than the skills of baseball learned through the experience, the value of the Little League Challenger Division is found in the proven therapeutic and socialization benefits of participating in sports; the strengthening of participants’ self-esteem; the opportunities to mainstream into other divisions of play and the disciplines of teamwork, sportsmanship and fair play, which are hallmarks of the Little League program. The Little League Challenger Division provides the framework so Little League programs may offer a structured, athletic activity for all youth in their communities. Playing with the same equipment on the same fields, Challenger Division participants have the opportunity to experience the joys of pulling together as a team, being cheered, and earning awards for their achievements.

Who is eligible for the Challenger Division Baseball?
The Challenger Division offers boys and girls physical and intellectual disabilities, ages 5 to 18 or up to age 22 if still enrolled in high school, the opportunity to participate in an organized game of baseball. The most fundamental goal of the Challenger Division is to give everyone a chance to play. You do not have to be a Shrewsbury resident to participate.

How much does it cost to operate a Challenger Division?
The cost for your child to participate is FREE. In order to run the Challenger Division (we must raise or we are looking local support. If you know of anyone interested in sponsoring a team, Please contact Chip Collins at 508- 284 4003 or email chipc@townisp.com.

The Special Rules of the Challenger Division
Level of play based upon player’s size, age and skill level are recommended where numbers allow. Every player on the roster is in the batting order and shall play defensively for the entire game. The side is retired when the offense has batted through the roster. No score will be kept during games. Challenger Division players wear the same uniforms, and safety equipment as other Little Leaguers

How do I sign my child up for the Challenger Division?
Registration is open at the Shrewsbury Little League Website at http://www.shrewsburylittleleague.com. If you have any questions, please contact Chip Collins at 508-284-4003 or email chipc@townisp.com.

District 5 Opening Day is May 4
District 5 Opening Day is scheduled Sunday, May 4, 12-3pm at Memorial Field, Northborough

Tentative Schedule
This program is tentatively scheduled to run on Sundays starting in late April early May, practices and games being held at Dean Park Large Softball Field. Schedules will be created based on enrollment/number of teams and players participating.

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