Challenger baseball…now playing daytime and evening games

At our Challenger baseball games each player bats every inning, and everyone plays the entire game. Players needing assistance are assigned a buddy who works to ensure safety and success. A special soft baseball is used for all games. Each player receives a shirt at the first game and is assigned to a team with a coach to guide and mentor their safety and fun at the games. After each game, players and their families, buddies and game supporters meet at the pavilion for refreshments and to enjoy the company of new friends.

Baseball volunteers

An important part of the Challenger Sports program are the volunteers, coaches and team parents that help organize the teams and conduct the games on the field. The volunteers and coaches keep the flow of the game going. Two coaches are assigned to each team to help with communication, scheduling, pictures and volunteer management within their respective team families.

Baseball buddies

Baseball Buddies are volunteers that help their challenged partners by acting as guides for individuals with visual impairments, by pushing wheelchair-bound individuals around the bases, or by helping players bat or field the ball.

A Buddy’s job is simply to be a friend, engage the individuals in conversation, if possible; help the player hit if needed, throw, catch the ball if needed, keep the individuals attention on the game and make sure that the players are safe and no one gets hit with a ball or bat. This becomes a rewarding experience for both the player and the Buddy. The Baseball Buddies program allows the parents to receive a much deserved break and cheer the players from the stands. We ask that Baseball Buddies arrive 15 minutes before the games, which are expected to last approximately 1-1 1/2 hours long.

Equipment

The Challenger program supplies a variety of bats for the players. There are also some gloves available for use during games, although many families prefer to purchase a glove so they can assure a good fit. No special shoes are necessary. A shirt is given to each player.

Challenger baseball  games are played at Ray Lee Fields @the  Lockport Little League facility on Lincoln Ave in Lockport next to Allie Brandt’s bowling alley.

 

For questions  and/or additional information please contact:  Mark (716) 696-2463  or Vince (716) 439-9600