Softball is an exciting team sport in Special Olympics. Athletes play slow-pitch Softball, which involves two teams of 10 athletes each. Special Olympics offers individual skills competition to allow athletes to train and compete in basic Softball skills. The development of these key skills is necessary prior to advancing to team competition. These skills include base running, fielding and throwing. A player's final score is determined by adding together the scores achieved in each of the events.

As in all Special Olympics sports, athletes are grouped in competition divisions according to ability level, age and gender.


  • Slow Pitch Team Competition
  • Unified Sports® Team Competition
  • Tee Ball
  • Individual Skills
  • Coach Pitch
For Coaches: For Athletes & Unified Partners:

Steps to becoming a coach
SOMO Rules

SOI Rules
National Officiating Body Rules: Amateur Softball Association of America (rules can be ordered from website but are not available online)

How to set up and score individual skills (training video)

Coaches Training/Rules Q&A (April 21, 2020)

Individual Assessment Form

Team Rating/Roster Form

Individual Skills Form
Low Motor Form
Team Skills Form

Steps to becoming an athlete

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

 The Missouri Amateur Softball Association is an official partner of Special Olympics Missouri.

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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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