Hermosa Beach Little League Challenger Division
The Challenger Division is an adaptive baseball program for individuals with physical and intellectual challenges.
HBLL has partnered with an amazing organization--Golden Heart Ranch, as well as other local Little Leagues--to offer this program. The division plays games on Sundays at Premier Field in Manhattan beach with the very similar rules used in Little League, with some flexibility to make sure it is a fun program for everyone. On the field, "Buddies" are used to help every player bat and field, if needed. Games run for about an hour, generally 1-2 innings.
For more information about Golden Heart Ranch, please visit their website: https://www.goldenheartranch.org/ or you can call the organization’s director, Rose Hein at (310) 567-6984.
To register for Challenger Division for the 2019 season, click the following link: Register for Challenger Division
FAQ - Challenger Division
Who can participate in the Little League Challenger Program?
Any individual with a physical or intellectual challenge may participate. If an individual can participate in the traditional Little League Baseball or Softball program with reasonable accommodations they should do so. In general we can accommodate players ages 4-18, or up to age 22 if still enrolled in school. The Senior League Challenger Division accommodates players ages 15 and above (no maximum age)
Is there a cost to participate in the Challenger Division?
There is no cost for registration for the program.
What rules are followed during a Challenger game?
Flexibility and adaptability are key during Challenger games. Little League provides all teams with a rulebook that includes a best practices guide to operating a Challenger Game. Typically games are 1-2 innings long and last about an hour. All players play defensively and bat every inning.
What are “buddies” and what role do they have in the Challenger Division?
Buddies are individuals who assist Challenger athletes in the areas of batting, base running and defense, but only as needed. Buddies are generally high school students but sometimes they are peer athletes who are participating in the Little League Baseball or Softball program
When and where are Challenger Games played?
Challenger games are played at Premier Field in Manhattan Beach on Sundays. Season runs from early March through June.
How many kids participate in the Challenger Division?
Currently there are over 60 kids of various ages from Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach that play Challenger.
How do I register for Challenger Division?
Registration is ongoing at the following link:
Register for Challenger Division