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Little Big Men - 2015 MLB Playoff promo featuring MBA players

Little Big Men

The video to the left, entitled Little Big Men, was a joint venture between The Manalapan Baseball Association and The MLB Network.  Filmed at the Manalapan Rec center on Field 6 and featuring many players from our league along with the MLB stars, the video aired throughout the 2015 World Series.  It remains a moment of immense pride for the organization.  Take a 2 minute break and enjoy Little Big Men.


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Manalapan Challenger selected to compete at Williamsport

By Michael Melman 02/26/2024, 3:15am EST

NJ and CA teams set for Little League exhibition

Earning the trip to Williamsport, Pennsylvania, to compete in the 2024 Little League Challenger Division® Exhibition Game are teams from Manalapan, New Jersey, and Mission Viejo, California.  

“In its 22nd year, the Little League Challenger Division Exhibition Game continues to be one of the most memorable events as it brings together two outstanding local Little League programs for a morning of fun competition,” said Sam Ranck, Little League Senior Director of Strategy and Development. “We are incredibly grateful for the hours and hard work the volunteers in each league’s community have dedicated to these players, and we are excited to welcome them to Williamsport in August.” 

Since 2001, the Little League Challenger Exhibition Game has been a memorable part of the Championship Weekend experience at the Little League Baseball® World Series. Little League® International will continue to support this year’s participating leagues with a $15,000 grant to help offset the costs for the teams to participate in the Exhibition Game.   

As part of its ongoing support of the Little League Challenger Division, Eggland’s Best, the Official Egg of Little League Baseball and Softball, will match Little League International’s grant value, donating an additional$15,000 each to the participating leagues. Eggland’s Best will also be supporting the first-ever Challenger Exhibition Game pin contest. Players traveling to Williamsport will have the opportunity to design their own unique pin design and one lucky winner from each team will have their custom pin design produced and distributed at the 2024 LLBWS Challenger Exhibition Game. 

“Eggland’s Best is proud to once again pledge support to Little League’s Challenger Division, reinforcing our commitment to fuel the next generation of sports families,” said Kurt Misialek, President and CEO of Eggland’s Best. “We’re also excited to extend our support this year through the inaugural Challenger Exhibition Game pin contest, celebrating creativity and participation. This initiative embodies our dedication to fostering inclusive opportunities for young athletes, reflecting our core values of community support and the promotion of healthy, active lifestyles.” 



Established in 2016, Manalapan Township LL volunteers and leadership have worked hard to grow its Challenger Division. The division has gone from only meeting a few times a season, to participating in the league’s Senior Division championship game each year, competing against its neighbor league, Freehold Township (N.J.) Little League, and having its own mascot – Buster.  

In 2023, the Challenger Division held the New Jersey Statewide Challenger Exhibition tournament, hosting eight teams from across the state for a day of skill drills and competitive games. It was the division’s first step towards its goal of bringing communities together to provide athletes with a fun, community-driven experience.  

“The Challenger team from Manalapan Baseball Association is absolutely thrilled to be participating in the 2024 Challenger Exhibition game at the Little League World Series,” said Kevin Horstman, Manalapan LL Challenger Division Coordinator. “This golden opportunity is a dream come true for our Challenger family. We are so honored and excited to take the field with the Challenger team from California and make memories that will last a lifetime for our players, buddies, parents, and coaches.”  

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The MBA will charge an administrative fee as follows:  The MBA will refund 50% of your division registration fee, 100% of your work bond and raffle if you withdraw your child after he or she is registered up to the first game of the season. Once the season starts no refunds will be given except for authorized medical conditions. Thirty days after the start of the season no refunds will be given for any reason.  The MBA reserves the right to adjust the start and finish dates of the season due to inclement weather and/or other unforeseen circumstances.

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The MBA is a youth baseball organization located in Manalapan, New Jersey, which seeks to develop young baseball players through the teaching of accepted fundamentals and current techniques. In addition to training and practice time we offer competitive baseball events through our rec and travel programs and one of the region's most vibrant Challenger programs for children with special needs.

While development and success are important, our primary mission is to develop the ideals of sportsmanship, character, loyalty, and courage in our players so that we can make better ball players as well as better people.

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