Little League Baseball- California District 44
District 44 Leagues
Our Challenger Division page is the place to find everything about baseball for special needs players

2020 District 44 Challenger Game Schedule (click here)

WHO: The Little League Challenger program is for players with special needs such as autism, 
Down Syndrome, mental retardation, visual impairments, hearing impairments, and other health or 
medical issues. We accept all players from ages 5 and older.

WHEN and WHERE: There are over 20 Challenger teams on the west side of the SF Bay. 
Games are mostly on Sunday afternoons from mid-March through early June. 
Within District 44, we have teams in Sunnyvale, Cupertino, Moreland/West San Jose, 
and Santa Clara. 

BASIC GAME RULES: In a Challenger game, each player gets a chance at bat. 
Usually two innings are played. No score is kept during Challenger games. 
The Challenger players wear the same uniforms, shoulder patches and safety equipment 
as other Little League players.

REGISTRATION: Fees vary depending upon each league.  
Registration deadline is in mid-February.

SAFETY: Parents must stay at the games in case their child needs help.

BUDDIES: Some leagues have Buddies to assist Challenger players on the field. 
Whenever possible, Buddies encourage players to bat and to make the plays themselves. 
However, the Buddy is always nearby to help when needed.

JOIN US! To sign up your child, to volunteer, or to start a new team, please send email to 
or call/text Amy Jasper at (408) 506 2913.

Helpful Links:
For general information about Little League, go to 
For the Little League Challenger Brochure:  Brochure

Challenger baseball is not affiliated with any school nor school district. Challenger Baseball is a division of Little League.

About our District 44 Challenger Director:
Amy Jasper is a Special Education para educator at a local high school and coordinates Challenger baseball teams within 
District 44.  Amy has been a Challenger coach for over 10 years and a special parent for over 29+ years. Amy is also
the recipient of the 2015 City of Sunnyvale's Volunteer of the Year Award for her work with Sunnyvale Southern Little League,
 and the 2016 Kathy Wolff - Women in Baseball Award given by the Santa Clara Valley Hot Stove Association.

We hope you will join a Challenger team. Thank you!

For Players with Special Needs