Playing team sports, organized, or not, is a normal, healthy part of growing up in Canada. Many children and youth dream of scoring the winning goal in overtime, hitting a home run in the bottom of the ninth inning or crossing the goal line for a touchdown with only seconds left to play. Competition, challenge, and team experiences are beneficial for those who are young, and young at heart.
Challenger Baseball is a sport for players with special needs. Participation in our league can provide players the opportunity to develop and / or improve endurance, coordination, and skills, such as sportsmanship and fair-play, at recreational or competitive levels of involvement. Individuals develop a sense of belonging, lasting friendships are built and strengthened and the level of fun and enjoyment of life is enhanced. The main activity of the association involves junior and senior level teams playing inter-league or house-league games at local community baseball parks in the Greater Hamilton area. Buddies may assist players during the game, however, the priority of the buddies is to encourage the player to participate to the maximum of their ability. Baseball rules are adapted as required to match players’ abilities so that participation and teamwork are emphasized.
Provide high quality athletic and social activities for physically and/or cognitively challenged youth and adults in an encouraging, supportive atmosphere.
Membership in the HCBA is open and available to any person ages 5 years and up with special needs. Games are played at junior and senior levels and are structured to prioritize fun and sportsmanship.