Challenge Baseball

Lake Norman Little League offers an advanced, competitive tournament play brand of baseball within our Challenge Baseball program.  This program is a great introduction into tournament play for players who are above average to highly skilled and are looking to enhance their skills.  Teams play against other local challenge teams within 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 offers an advanced, competitive tournament play brand of softball within our Challenge Softball program. This program is a great introduction into tournament play for players who are above average to highly skilled and are looking to enhance their skills. Teams play against other local challenge teams through the Char-Meck Girls Softball 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 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).
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 typically practice on Sundays when not playing in a tournament.

What does it cost to participate in Challenge?
The cost to participate in Challenge is determined each year based on actual costs, and is expected to be between $150 - $200 per season.  Challenge costs are in addition to the recreational program fees.

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