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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 will plan to play a total of 2-3 local travel tournaments and/or local challenge tournaments.

Challenge Softball FAQ's

Is Challenge Softball and All-Stars the same?
Challenge Softball is NOT All-Stars. However, playing Challenge Softball will help prepare advanced players for the competition level found in All-Star tournament play.

What is the age determination date for Challenge Softball?
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 for Challenge Softball?
Challenge Softball teams may be formed at the 8U, 10U, and 12U 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 Softball?
Players must participate in the league's spring recreational softball season to be eligible for Challenge Softball. 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. Players who did not participate in a spring Little League season must participate in the fall recreational softball program.

When are Challenge Softball 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 Softball tournaments held?
Challenge Softball tournaments are played on Saturdays and/or Sundays. Exact game times and field locations are provided the week of the tournament.

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

What does it cost to participate in Challenge Softball?
The cost to participate in Challenge Softball is determined each year based on the cost for tournament entry and gate fees, team insurance, and uniforms.. For the Spring 2024 season, the cost to participate is expected to be **TBD** per season. Challenge costs are in addition to the recreational program fees.

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