Challenge Baseball

Lake Norman Little League is excited to offer Challenge Baseball - a more advanced, competitive brand of baseball for players who are above average to highly skilled and are looking for a more challenging brand of baseball.  Teams play against other local challenge teams through the Carolina Challenge Baseball League. This organization was created to provide Charlotte area recreational baseball programs the opportunity to participate in competitive tournaments at a reasonable cost and time commitment.

Challenge Softball

Lake Norman Little League is excited to offer Challenge Softball - a more advanced, competitive brand of softball for players who are above average to highly skilled and are looking for a more challenging brand of softball. Teams play against other local challenge teams through the Char-Meck Girls Softball league. This organization was created to introduce competitive play to recreational players as an enhancement to recreational play without the commitment and expense of a full-time travel program.

Challenge Ball FAQ's

Is Challenge and All-Stars the same?

Challenge is NOT All-Stars.  However, playing challenge ball will help prepare advanced players for the competition level found in All-Star tournament play.

What is the age determination date for Challenge?

The age determination date for challenge baseball is a player's age as of April 30th of the current year (spring) or following year (fall).  For the fall 2019 challenge season, the age determination date is 4/30/2020.  The age determination date for challenge softball is a player's age as of December 31st of the prior year.

What age level teams will be formed?

Challenge baseball teams may be formed at the 7U, 8U, 9U, 10U, 11U, and 12U age divisions.
Challenge softball teams may be formed at the 8U, 10U, and 13U age divisions.
The number of teams fielded for each age division will be determined upon participation numbers and the depth of talent.

What is the participation requirement for Challenge?
Players must participate in the league's spring recreational season to be eligible for challenge.  Returning spring challenge players may remain with their team for the fall challenge season. All spring participants are fully eligible for fall challenge ball. Open positions for fall challenge teams will be filled after tryouts.

When are Challenge tryouts?
Spring tryouts are held for each age division in late February or early March. Fall tryouts are held in late August or early September.  Exact dates and times will be communicated closer to those dates.

When are Challenge tournaments held?
Challenge tournaments are played on Sundays.   Each tournament consists of two games. Exact game times and field locations are provided the week of the tournament.

When do Challenge teams practice?
Challenge teams practice on Sundays when not playing in a tournament.

What does it cost to participate in Challenge?
For 2019, the cost to participate in Challenge will be $200 per season.  Challenge costs are in addition to the recreational program fees.

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