Basketball Skills Competition

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.



Competition Information

Dates and locations

Motor Activity Training Program demonstration: Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 at the Hockessin PAL Center. Opening ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m.


Dates for Fall 2014 to be announced

All other skills events begin with an Opening Ceremony at 10:15 a.m. and  conclude by 1:30 p.m.

Rules for Individual Skills Competition

Rules for Young Athletes Skills Events

Note: Young Athletes eligible to attend the skills competitions must be in grades Kindergarten or higher, and ages 7 and younger.


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 ages 7 and under participate in the Individual Skills events, but do so without competing, each receiving a participant medal. 

Modified Skills: Designed for athletes 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.

Individual Skills: Athetes ages 8 and over participate in the traditional Individual Skills events of 10-meter dribble, target pass and spot shot.

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.


Family Information

  • Be sure to visit the loca Area information table at the event. Here you can get up-to-date information about what is going on in SODE so you can be sure you aren't missing out on anything.
  • Concessions will NOT be available for purchase at the event.