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Basketball is a favorite among Special Olympics athletes. In addition to team competition, Special Olympics Basketball also offers individual skills competition to allow athletes to train and compete in basic basketball skills. The development of these key skills is necessary prior to advancing to team play. These events include target pass, ten-meter dribble and spot shot. A player's final score is determined by adding the scores together achieved in each of the events.
As in all Special Olympics sports, basketball teams are grouped in competition divisions according to the athletes' and team's ability level, age, and gender.
Steps to becoming a coachSOMO Rules
SOI RulesNational Officiating Body Rules: National Federation of State High School Associations SOI Training GuideHow to set up and score basketball skills (training video)
Team Assessment Form Team Rating FormTeam Skills FormIndividual Skills Entry FormWheelchair Rating FormWheelchair Rules
Steps to becoming an athlete
Physical formConsent formUnified Partner formClass A for adult Unified PartnersClass A for minor Unified Partners
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