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Challenger Basketball


SYC Youth Club
Challenger Basketball
Special Needs League
of Southern York County

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, who are currently in school and are between the ages of 4-21 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.

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

                          Come Play with us and join the Challenger Family!

For additional information contact Jake Lantz, Coordinator of the Challenger Division, at [email protected]

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, who are currently in school and are between the ages of 4-21.

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 Jake Lantz at [email protected].

What rules are followed during a Challenger game?
Flexibility and adaptability are key during Challenger games. Games are played on a half court with 15 minute quarters.

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 assist on the court, 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 [email protected] if you are interested in helping out.

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York College Women's Basketball Team

The York College Women’s basketball team invited SYC Challenger basketball players to their game today.   The players took time after the game to pose for some photo’s and sign Spartan t-shirts!  Some of the players in attendance have never seen a real game and it was a great opportunity for them!  Thank you Spartan women!