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Braintree's Challenger Baseball opens registration for 2012 season

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  March 21, 2012 03:23 PM

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Registration for the 2012 season of Challenger Baseball is under way, with the organization accepting any child with physical and cognitive challenges ages 5 through 18.

Now in its ninth year, Braintree American Little League hosts the non-competitive program where every player plays the whole game, gets up to bat each inning, gets on base, and eventually crosses home plate.

The program enables children to play baseball without the usual stigmas or difficulties.
Batters can use a tee or have a coach pitch to them or even have a volunteer buddy help them to hold and held swing the bat and move around the bases.

“There are no ‘outs’ and no official ‘score’. Every game is a tie!” a release said.

The organization is also encouraging any child from nearby communities to come out and play, if only to gain the social benefits associated with team sports.

The program is sponsored by Local 25 President Sean O’Brien and the Teamsters Local 25-Boston. The 2012 Challenger baseball season is free of charge.

Games occur on Sundays from mid-April to June at 1 p.m. at Hollingsworth field on Pond Street.

There is no online registration, however participants can go to the group’s website to fill out a registration form and mail or email it into the group.

Those interested must register by April 1. Anyone registering after then will be put on a waiting list and placed on a team as space permits.

The organization is also actively recruiting a team coach and Volunteer Baseball Buddies who can make a commitment for the full season.

Participants must fill out a CORI form. Those interested in volunteering should contact Nancy Bucknam at nbucknam59@aol.com for additional volunteer information. Those interested in being a coach should email Director Kathy Jordan at ksjordan14@gmail.com.

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