Basketball Skills Competitions
The Basketball Skills Competitions are offered in the fall in several school districts across the state, providing athletes with an opportunity to compete in the three basic skills of basketball: dribbling, passing and shooting.
*All events begin with an Opening Ceremony at 10:15 a.m. and should end no later than 1:30 p.m.
Levels of competition
Motor Activity Training Program: Individually-designed activities for athletes of all ages who are not able to successfully participate in the traditional Individual Skills events.
Young Athletes: Children in Kindergarten through age 7 participate in the BASIC Skills events, but do so without competing, each receiving a participant medal.
Basic Skills: Designed for athletes and/or Unified Partners who are not able to successfully participate in the 10-meter dribble. This event offers an alternate stationary dribbling and "easier" passing and shooting events.
Standard Skills: Athletes and/or Unified Partners ages 8 and over participate in the 10-meter dribble, target pass and spot shot.
Advanced Skills: Designed for athletes and/or Unified Partners who are too advanced for Standard Skills (score 62 or higher in Standard Skills).
Visit our basketball sports page for more information.
History and Facts
- The first basketball skills competition took place in 1968 at the inaugural Special Olympics Games, held in Chicago.
- In 2007, over 316,000 athletes participated in basketball worldwide.
- Concessions will NOT be available for purchase at the event.