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Challenger Basketball

The Challenger League provides an oasis where everyone is a valid player, and parents who often feel isolated can network and find comfort in each others company.  Playing in a league can help kids gain self esteem, independence and form friendships with other kids.

This is a basketball program designed for children ages 4-18 with Special Needs who live with physical or mental challenges.  This is a league designed for those children to participate in a sports environment structured for their success

Teams will be split according to size / age and the rules are more laid back than a typical game of basketball.  The Challenger League's aim is for participants to have fun while learning the game of basketball.  Players will work on skill building which provides an essential opportunity for kids to develop stronger emotional and social skills while working as a team.

Challenger basketball stresses participation not competition.  "Buddies" will be on hand if needed to provide encouragement, direction and assistance to the players.

Registration is $25 per participant.  Season starts in January and ends in March.  Registration ends December 1st!

COACHES AND VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED!   Contact sycchallenger@gmail.com to offer your support!

  

Who can participate in the Challenger Program?

Any child with a physical or intellectual challenge may participate. If a child can participate in the traditional Basketball program with reasonable accommodations they should do so. The Challenger Division accommodates both boys and girls ages 4-18.

Is there a cost to participate in the Challenger Program?
Registration costs are only $25, a fee which will help us offset the cost of providing uniforms.   Please note that SYC strongly supports the belief that no child should ever be turned away from playing because of the cost of registration. If you need assistance in this area, contact Jennifer Perry at sycchallenger@gmail.com.

What rules are followed during a Challenger game?
Flexibility and adaptability are key during Challenger games. SYC provides all chartered teams with a rulebook that includes a best practices guide to operating a Challenger Game. Games are played on a half court with 15 minute quarters.

What are “buddies” and what role do they have in the Challenger Division?
Buddies are individuals who assist Challenger athletes, but only as needed. Buddies may be peer athletes who are participating in the SYC Basketball program.

How many Challenger Programs are currently operating?
There are currently over 950 Challenger programs in 10 countries around the world. Over 30,000 athletes participate in the Challenger Division every year.

How can I get involved with the Challenger Division?
There are many ways for everyone to get involved with the Challenger Division. You can volunteer to be a coach or a player's buddy, offer support in recruitment of players, help spread the word about the Challenger Division throughout our community, offer fundraising support, and more. Contact us at sycchallenger@gmail.com if you are interested in helping out.