What is Challenger Baseball? Well, it is probably the most rewarding organized baseball activity you will find out there. Challenger Baseball is the division that allows children with cognitive or physical disabilities the opportunity to enjoy all the benefits of playing baseball, in an environment that caters to their very special needs. Our philosophy is very simple: "play, just for fun!!" You can't beat it.
The "game" is played in a safe, recreational environment, where no score is kept. "Buddies" are assigned (one on one) to each participant. These Buddies are "mentors" to the Challenger players, and assist with their involvement in the game. Pushing wheelchairs around the basepath – assisting players in how to hold the bat and swing – providing protection for the Challenger player from batted ball – these are just a few of the ways the Buddies offer a better experience for the participants in Challenger Baseball.
Join us at Rogers Centre on Saturday, June 8 as we celebrate the Challenger Baseball National Jamboree! First, sit in the Challenger Baseball section for $27, and watch the Blue Jays take on the Texas Rangers at 1:07 p.m.! After the game, children that are currently enrolled in a Challenger Baseball program, can participate in the Postgame Jamboree on the field. For the Postgame Jamboree, we will divide the field at Rogers Centre into 4 sections, and play baseball games! All participants must register before the event, and registration will be capped at 100 players. Each participant of the Jamboree will receive a Blue Jays hat and T-shirt.
If you have any questions about Challenger Baseball, please email the National Challenger Baseball Coordinator, Ian McLean or call him at 604-988-9232.