2016 Challenger Division

North Andover Youth Baseball is pleased to announce that we will be sponsoring a Challenger Division in 2016. The 2016 season will be our third season with the Challenger Program. The North Andover Youth Baseball Challenger Program is sponsored by the Lowell Five Cent Savings Bank, with a North Andover branch located at 498 Chickering Road.  

The Challenger Division is a separate division in Little League that enables boys and girls ages 4-18, or up to 22 if still enrolled in high school, with physical and mental challenges the opportunity to play baseball. Games are played in a fun, safe, and stress-free environment where no score is kept, no outs are recorded, and everyone plays.

Assuming there are enough players, the team structure in the Challenger Division will be based on ability rather than age. Challenger games can be played as t-ball games, coach pitch, player pitch, or a combination of all three. Each Challenger participant will be ‘buddied’ with a volunteer who will support their partner in whatever way is necessary. Whether it be pushing a wheel-chair, helping them swing a bat, or assisting them in the field, the ‘buddies’ will provide support in a way that corresponds with the Little League motto of Courage, Character, and Loyalty. 

All Challenger players will receive a uniform, use the same equipment, and play on the same fields as the other divisions. They will also be part of the North Andover Little League Opening Day Parade in May that marches through downtown North Andover to the Carl Thomas Fields Complex.

Participation in the Challenger Division is free thanks to the Lowell Five sponsorship. 

The Challenger Division is seeking volunteers to help with the program.  If you’re interested in volunteering as a buddy, umpire or a coach, please contact Mike Bono at mikeybono@ymail.com.

Go to http://www.nayouthbaseball.org/ to register today!!!