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.


  • 5-on-5 Unified® Sports Team Competition
  • 5-on-5 Team Competition
  • Half Court: 3-on-3 Competition
  • Individual Skills
  • Team Skills
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Steps to becoming a coach
SOMO Rules

SOI Rules
National Officiating Body Rules: National Federation of State High School Associations 
SOI Training Guide
How to set up and score basketball skills (training video)
3-on-3 Basketball (training video)

Team Assessment Form
Team Rating Form
Team Skills Form
Individual Skills Entry Form
Wheelchair Rating Form
Wheelchair Rules

Steps to becoming an athlete

Physical form
Consent form
Unified Partner form
Class A for adult Unified Partners
Class A for minor Unified Partners

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Athlete's Oath

"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."  


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