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Challenger Baseball

Challenger Baseball is a program that provides an opportunity for children with cognitive or physical disabilities to enjoy the full benefits of participation in baseball at a level structured to their abilities.

Baseball games are played in a fun, safe environment where no score is kept. Able-bodied "Buddies" are assigned (one on one, where possible) to each participant. These Buddies assist the Challenger players with their involvement in the game. Pushing wheelchairs around the base path, assisting players in how to hold the bat and swing, or providing protection for the Challenger player from a batted ball, are just a few of the ways the Buddies offer a better experience for the participants in Challenger Baseball.

Each participant is treated like every other player in the conventional baseball program. All players are outfitted in uniforms, use the same equipment, and play their games at the local baseball parks. A team picture is a must for Challenger, as it is in the other divisions.

Last but not least, the smiles are plentiful and free! The joy on the face of each participant in Challenger Baseball makes it very clear how much fun they are having. No pressures, no playing time issues, everyone just has fun! It's what baseball is supposed to be all about.

Division Game / Practice Day * Time * Registration Opens / Closes Season Dates * Fees * League *


4 years and older

1 game or practice per week Usually Wednesdays in Russell 18:30 to 20:00 March 1st / April 31th Regular May 1st to June 30th.
No Playoffs
Approx. $100 Russell
Season Dates *: Actual start date of the season depends heavily on the weather. Minor to Senior divisions finish earlier than the TBall and Rookie Ball divisions in order to align with the summer ball season.


Challenger Baseball within CRLL is offered and operated by Russell Minor Baseball Association (RMBA). For more information please contact Sara Barette.

For more information about the Challenger program in Canada please see Challenger