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 a.m.
New Castle County MATP and Team Skills: Tues. Nov 29 at the Hockessin PAL
Sussex County Elementary and Secondary schools: Wed. Nov 30 at Sussex Tech High School
Kent County Secondary Schools including Milford Central Academy and Milford High School: Tues. Dec 6 at Caesar Rodney High School
New Castle County Secondary Schools: Wed. Dec 7 at William Penn High School
Kent County Elementary Schools: Fri. Dec 9 at Smyrna High School
New Castle County Elementary Schools: Wed. Dec 14 at Middletown High School
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 Individual Skills events, but do so without competing, each receiving a participant medal.
Basic Skills: Designed for athletes and/or Unified Partners ages 8 and above who are not able to successfully participate in the 10-meter dribble, this event offers an alternate stationary dribbling event in addition to the target pass and spot shot events of the Individual Skills competition.
Standard Skills: Athetes and/or Unified Partners ages 8 and over participate in the traditional Individual Skills events of 10-meter dribble, target pass and spot shot.
Advanced Skills: Designed for athletes and/or Unified Partners who are too advanced for 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.