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Challenger Baseball Program

Challenger Baseball in North Delta is a fun participation-based program that focuses on team sports skills without being placed on a team. Designed specifically for children and youth with disabilities who enjoy sports but prefer to have their own successes without the pressure of a team, practices, games, and competitive environment.

Participants will have the opportunity to choose preferred activities and stations including hitting off a T, catching and throwing (to people or targets), and rounding the bases. They will be supported by coaches and 1-1 volunteers, while parents/caregivers can cheer on from the sidelines. And yes, we want to hear cheering!

The main objective of the program is to provide a safe, comfortable, and fun experience for the players (and our fantastic volunteers). The program gives opportunity for inclusion of children with disabilities in community sports programming, youth leadership roles, and a place for families to meet and foster friendships.

Challenger Baseball is offered across Canada under the Baseball Canada banner, with the generous support of the Jays Care Foundation. There is a provincial group, BC Challenger, who fundraise for additional program support for the program.

PROGRAM DETAILS:

  • one 60-minute program session a week, with volunteer coaches and 1-1 assistants
  • co-ed program, open to school-aged children and youth with developmental, intellectual, and physical disabilities along with other neuro-diversities
  • held at the Delsom turf field, which provides an even playing surface and is suitable for mobility devices
  • players need: comfortable clothes and shoes, water bottle, hat/sunscreen, and if they like, a baseball glove (but many participants don’t use) – all bats, balls, etc. are provides (bats are foam core, and balls are both foam and plastic wiffle-style balls)

PROGRAM SCHEDULE:

  • Sundays, 4:30-5:30pm
  • April 3 to June 19, 2022 – no program planned for April 17 (Easter) or May 22 (May long weekend)
  • Saturday April 2 (time TBA – approx. 12pm) – PHOTO DAY!
  • Sunday, April 3 (time TBA – approx. 11am) – OPENING DAY ceremonies
  • Sunday, June 19 (Time TBA – approx. 11am) – CLOSING DAY ceremonies 

VOLUNTEERING:

Volunteers make it all possible for all programs with the NDBA!

North Delta Baseball Association is a not for profit club that relies on volunteers to coordinate programs / coach teams and help both on- and off-field so that we can keep our registration fees affordable. We also love having our community involved in our programs!

For Challenger Baseball, our players are supported by 1-1 volunteers as they participate in activities and get to know each other. We encourage interested youth and young adults to contact us and learn more about volunteering in our adaptive programs! Volunteering requires a weekly commitment and confirmation of community services hours is available.

REGISTRATION FEE:

$50 per player includes t-shirt

Financial Assistance is available through Delta KidSport, please contact the NDBA Registrar for more information (registrar@ndbaseball.com)

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