About Us!

Playing team sports, organized, or not, is a normal, healthy part of growing up in Canada. For some youth it’s what helps define them as Canadians. Many children and youth dream of scoring the winning goal in overtime, hitting a home run in the bottom of the ninth inning, or crossing the goal line for a touchdown with only seconds left to play. Competition, challenge and team experiences are beneficial for those who are young, and young at heart.

Baseball for Everyone!

Challenger Baseball is a sport for players with special needs. Participation in our league can provide players the opportunity to develop and / or improve endurance, coordination and skills, such as sportsmanship and fair-play, at recreational or competitive levels of involvement. Individuals develop a sense of belonging, lasting friendships are built and strengthened and the level of fun and enjoyment of life is enhanced. The main activity of the association involves junior and senior level teams playing inter-league or house-league games at local community baseball parks in the Greater Hamilton area. Buddies may assist players during the game, however, the priority of the buddies is to encourage the player to participate to the maximum of their ability. Baseball rules are adapted as required to match players’ abilities so that participation and teamwork are emphasized.

Mission Statement

Provide high quality athletic and social activities for physically and/or cognitively challenged youth and adults in an encouraging, supportive atmosphere.


  • Provide sports and social activities for challenged athletes
  • Develop skills, teamwork and sportsmanship to the maximum of each player's ability
  • Build self-esteem and confidence through participation and social interaction
  • Create a fun atmosphere and playing environment for our members
  • Promote community awareness and participation in the program


Membership in the HCBA is open and available to any person ages 5 years and up with special needs. Games are played at junior and senior levels and are structured to prioritize fun and sportsmanship.

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Funding Options

We know it isn't always easy to fit things in on a tight budget so we have gone looking for some places you can go to get assistance for some of the costs of being active and joining the HCBA.

Canadian Tire Jumpstart

Easter Seals

Jennifer Ashley Children's Charities

City Of Hamilton Recreation Fee Assistance

HCBA Challenger Charlie Fund

We hope you take the time to explore these options so you can come join us on the field at Inch Park.

See you Opening Day Sunday May 29th 1 - 4 pm.

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