Little League : California District 44

About the Challenger Division

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 [email protected] 
or call/text Amy Jasper at (408) 506 2913.

Challenger baseball is not affiliated with any school nor school district. Challenger Baseball is a division of Little League.
For more information about Little League Challenger Division, go to

About our District 44 Challenger Director:
Amy Jasper coordinates Challenger baseball teams within District 44.  She was a Special Education high school para educator, has been a Challenger coach for over 15 years and a special parent for over 40 years.  Amy is the recipient of the 2015 City of Sunnyvale's Volunteer of the Year Award for her Challenger work with Sunnyvale Southern Little League, and the 2016 Kathy Wolff - Women in Baseball Award given by the Santa Clara Valley Hot Stove Association.

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