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The Little League Challenger Division® is Little League’s adaptive baseball program.  This fun and instructional league will teach basic skills of baseball & softball.  Players will participate in drills, games and be part of a team.  Challenger is geared toward children with neurodivergent profiles and/or physical or intellectual differences but inclusive of any player who requires support to play the game.

The fundamental goal of the Challenger Division is to give everyone a chance to play the great game of baseball. Challenger Division participants have the opportunity to experience the joys of pulling together as a team and hearing the cheers of the crowd. In addition to learning the game of baseball, Challenger particpants will learn teamwork, sportsmanship and fair play.

Games will be played on Saturday afternoons from late April to early June.

Exact time and field location are TBD



  • Ages 4-18 years (Up to 22-year-old if still enrolled in school)
  • Open to Needham residents or any child who attends school in Needham

Cost: Free

All players will receive a hat and t-shirt.

About the Challenger Division: 


Challenger Division Buddy Volunteers

Buddies are individuals who assist Challenger athletes in the areas of batting, base running and defense, but only as needed. 


  • Ages 12 and up 

  • A warm heart, patience, and a love for our community.

  • Each Buddy will be assigned to a specific player or to a specific position/role on the field

  • Buddy volunteers are required to attend a pre-season training/information session and are required to register