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.
All skills events begin with an Opening Ceremony at 10:15 a.m. and conclude by 1:30 p.m.
Dates and locations for fall 2015
New Castle County Elementary Schools: Thursday, November 5 at Middletown High School (registrations due Oct. 15)
Kent County Elementary Schools: Friday, November 13 at Smyrna High School (registrations due Oct. 15)
New Castle County Secondary Schools (Christina and Colonial): Tuesday, November 10 at William Penn High School (registrations due Oct. 15)
Sussex County Elementary AND Secondary Schools (including Lake Forest and Milford districts): Tuesday, November 17 at Sussex Tech High School (registrations due Oct. 22)
New Castle County Secondary Schools (Appo, Brandywine and Red Clay): Thursday, November 19 at McKean High School (registrations due Oct. 22)
Kent County Secondary Schools: Monday, November 16 at Caesar Rodney High School (registrations due Oct. 22)
New Castle County Motor Activity Training Program event: December 1 at Hockessin PAL (Letter of Intent due Oct. 1)
Levels of competition
Registration forms for all levels of competition (click on tabs at bottom -- must be emailed NOT faxed)
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.
- 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.