Info - Challenger Baseball

Cancelled for 2019-2020

Challenger at SPBC

Launched in 2016-2017, South Perth Baseball Club is very pleased to run a Little League Challenger Program for boys and girls ages 5-18 that have physical and intellectual challenges which may have prevented them in the past from participating in a mainstream Little League Baseball or Tee-Ball.

Our Challenger program provides these kids an opportunity to enjoy the full benefits of Little League Baseball participation at a level structured to their abilities. The Challenger program will allow the kids to experience the joy of being part of a team, develop their social skills while building their self-esteem.

About Challenger Baseball

The Little League Challenger Program was developed and launched in 1989 in the United States, currently there are over 950 Challenger programs in 10 countries around the world. Over 30,000 athletes participate in the Challenger Division every year. With the support of all of the Leagues in WA, and the help of many dedicated volunteers, the Challenger program will grow stronger each year.

Challenger Buddies

With the Little League Challenger "Buddy" System, we will provide a chance for players from our other teams to work with Challenger players and assist them during the games. "Buddies" will assist the Challengers running the bases, batting, catching, throwing, pushing wheelchairs etc. Although our Challengers benefit from their assistance, the "Buddies" are also winners as the enthusiasm and spirit the Challengers bring to the game is infectious.


Although Little League International offers a rule book and guidance as to the running of Challenger Division, the rules are flexible. Each child is an individual and we will adapt to each and every player's needs.

The Rules of the Challenger Division

All Children ages 5 through 18, or who remain in school, with physical or intellectual challenges are encouraged to participate.

  • Level of play based upon player's size, age and skill level are recommended where numbers allow. We are flexible to meet each individual child's needs.
  • Teams can include as many as 15 to 20 players.
  • Each player may use the buddy system, however, it is not mandatory.
  • Every player on the roster is in the batting order and shall play defensively for the entire game.
  • The side is retired when the offense has batted through the roster.
  • Little League recommends that no score be kept during games.
  • Game Length will be between 60-90 minutes.
  • Challenger Division players wear the same uniforms, shoulder patches, and safety equipment as other Little Leaguers.


SPBC runs a friendly home-ground competition with approval from Little League WA and Baseball WA.


We welcome new families to the club and challenger program! All are welcome to attend any club training session, game or event.

KEY DATES (2018-2019)

Please visit our club calendar for all our social and baseball events.

REGO / COME-AND-TRY DAY Saturday, 8 SEP 2018
Saturday, 15 SEP 2018
ROUND 1 SUN 14 OCT 2018
WINDUP (TBA for 2018-2019)


Challenger SUN 8:30 - 10:00am

VENUE: Bill Grayden Reserve, Como WA (google map)


New members and their families are welcome to attend any training session.

TBA for 2018-2019

VENUE: Bill Grayden Reserve, Como WA (google map)


Comfort and practicality is important in Challenger baseball, therefore full club uniform is NOT required to participate!

All players are recommended to wear the club uniform consisting of:

  • Cap
  • Game Shirt - Souths shirt provided by the club
  • Please visit our online store via web or app for club uniform and merchandise.

Players are required to provide the following personal equipment:

  • fielding glove - some loan gloves provided by the club
  • All other required equipment is provided by the club.


Thursday night is club night at SPBC where the bar is open and meals are available.

Each coach will report on the previous game played and also announce the team for the coming week. A great way to bond with team mates and also a cheap meal for the family if you choose to bring them!

Throughout the year the club holds social and fundraising events for members and friends.


We welcome new families to the club and challenger program!

The registration fee for each player to participate in Challenger are on the registration form.

All players will receive a team photo and participation trophy.

Details about membership registration and fees available here.


Please join us on teamapp (web and app) and social media to stay up-to-date!

In TeamApp, please select all applicable access group(s), eg "Challenger Division", "Team XXX", "Umpire", etc.

Share Challenger

Our Challenger flyer viewed/downloaded/printed from our DOCUMENTS page (website or app).

Share it with friends, schools, facebook, twitter, fridge, everywhere!


If you have any questions about joining us please contact

Challenger Coordinator (volunteer)

Contact details for all club officials available at

SPBC Club Directory