General rules that have been used effectively by Challenger Baseball programs.
- Safety First
- No score will be kept
- Every player bats each inning
- Batting tee or coaching pitching
- No balls or strikes
- No walks
- No outs
- Every runner is safe
- Games are approximately an hour in length
- Rules can be adapted in each league - use what works for your participants
Choose whatever equipment works best for each individual.
- Plastic or foam bats
- Soft or foam baseballs
- Regular league bases - 'honking' blast bases can also be used
- Some players will hit off a pitcher and others will require a batting tee.
- Catching gear is not necessary but it can be a fun option.
- Nova Scotia Challenger Baseball will try to provide new communities with 'Starter Equipment Kits'. These kits will include foam bats, various baseballs, tees and bases.
- Uniforms used may be different in every community.
- Take into consideration participants' head sizes and body types.
- Uniform ideas include jerseys, pants, hats, socks and belts.
Safety is the most important factor in choosing a field.
- Choose a field that is accessible for all participants - some may use a wheelchair, walker or canes.
- Use a smaller diamond - 50' to 60' base paths are adequate.
- There is not a huge need for a large outfield.
- Although a backstop helps add to the experience, it is not a necessity.
- In smaller communities, field availability may not be an issue. In larger areas, field availability maybe a larger concern and organizers will need to adapt whatever field/time is available.