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2012 Challenger players and Hopkins HS baseball team who served as buddies on 5/20

Challenger Division

The Challenger Division was established in 1989 as a separate division of Little League to enable boys and girls with physical and mental challenges, ages 4-18, or up to age 22 if still enrolled in high school, to enjoy the game of baseball along with the millions of other children who participate in this sport worldwide. Today, more than 30,000 children participate in more than 900 Challenger Divisions worldwide.

HALL added the Challenger Division 10 years ago in 2004. It was the first such division in the area and immediately took off. Teams are set up according to abilities, rather than age, and can include as many as 15-20 players. Challenger games can be played as tee ball games, coach pitch, player pitch, or a combination of the three.

Please contact our Challenger Division Coordinator, for more information.

Allyson Ashley

Challenger Division Coordinator

Buddy and Ump Sign up

Sign up here to be a buddy or an Ump for our Challenger league!! You can sign up at any time! Thank you so much for your help!

Challenger Buddies!

The Challenger Program provides  "buddies" for the Challenger players. The buddies are ready to  assist the Challenger players on the field as needed.  The buddy is always nearby with help or a tip when needed and encourage the players to bat and make plays as independently as possible. 

Buddies are regularly filled by HALL players, siblings or other community youth looking to get involved.  

Challenger Divison is FREE

There are no playing fees to participate in the Challeger Program at HALL.   Raising a child with special needs can present families with extra expenses and challenges throughout life.  This program is HALL's gift to these families and it is our desire to provide a joy filled day of baseball where everyone goes home with smiles and memories that last a lifetime.

Donations Welcomed

If you, or your business would like to help support the Challenger Program, tax deductible donations are accepted to help cover the cost associated with running this program.  Donations can be mailed to:

Hopkins Area Little League
Box 62
Hopkins, MN 55343


2019 Season Schedule


All Events at Maetzold Field except clinic which will be held at the Lindbergh Center.

We will do uniform handout on the day of our first game.

4/14: Challenger Clinic and Parent and COACH Meeting (sun) @ Lindbergh Center

***All games will be played at Maetzold Field***

Game Schedule

  • 4/28: Opening Day and Uniform handout – Game 1 of the season 12:30-2:00p (sun)
  • 5/5: Game 2 and Picture day– 12:30p-2:00p (sun)
  • 5/9: Challenger Night Under the Lights: Game 3 – 6:15p-7:30p (Thursday)
  • 5/12: Game 4 – 12:30p-2:00p (sun)
  • 5/19: Game 5 – 12:30p-2:00p (sun)
    • 5/26: memorial day – No Games
  • 6/2: Game 6 – 12:30p-2:00p (sun)
  • 6/6: Challenger Night Under the Lights: Game 7 – 6:15p-7:30p (Thursday)
  • 6/9: Game 8 – 12:30p-2:00p (sun)
  • 6/16: Final Game of the Season: Game 9 – 12:30p-2:00p (sun)


Please come watch a game and cheer on the players!

*Maetzold Field: 1215 1st St N, Hopkins, MN 55343