2018 Challenger Buddy / Support Player Information
Welcome All Minors -AAA(9/10), Majors (11/12), Intermediate (13), Jr (13/14) , Sr (15/18) Managers and outside associations.
The Bartlett Little League, Challengers is a specific division consisting of players from across the Northwest suburbs, with mental or physical challenges. This year there are ten (10) total teams within two (2) Challenger divisions, the Challenger Division ages 4-18 and Senior Division ages 15 and above. The teams compete against one another with the assistance of baseball “Buddies.” The buddies are a minimum of 9 years old from Bartlett Little League and other organizations who are stepping forward to help. The Buddies pair up with the Challengers and assist them in running the bases, fielding their position and cheering for their teammates from the dugout. The Challengers follow their games with a brief social time of hot dogs, drink, chips and “talking baseball” with their Buddies.
The 2018 season has 9 weekend of games, 4 on Saturday, 2 on Sunday and 3 on Friday’s which is our Friday night under the light games with each team scheduled for 2 night games during the season. We have 3 predetermined rain out games on Sundays, if you game is rained out if you can be our buddies on that make up day that would be GREAT! All of our 2016 Bartlett games will be played at our location Koehler Field. Your total participation is needed and expected by Bartlett Little League to successfully assist these special children playing baseball. In 2017 we had over 950 buddies participated in our program (and 2,960 buddies in the past 3 season 2014 - 2016).
“We’re raising a generation of kids that looks at someone with special needs and they don’t see a disability, they just see another kid.“ – Colleen Nolan (Parent of buddy players on WGN-TV Chicago Very Own Segment on 2013 District 13 Challenger Little League World Series Team 6/21/13)
Teach chanting, rally time, sing and dance to the music, cheer for teammates, have fun!
With your help, all children and young adults get the sensation of playing baseball, and help build a lifetime of memories.
Thank you for your time and effort in supporting our program in our 24th year!
Bartlett Little League – Director Challenger Baseball
QUICK NOTES as a reminder on role of a Challenger Support / Buddy:
IN THE FIELD: