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.


Competition Information

*All events begin with an Opening Ceremony at 10:15 a.m. and should end no later than 1:30 p.m. 

New Castle County MATP and Team Skills: RESULTS PHOTO GALLERY

Sussex County Elementary and Secondary schools: RESULTS PHOTO GALLERY

Kent County Secondary Schools including Milford Central Academy and Milford High School: RESULTS PHOTO GALLERY

New Castle County Secondary Schools: RESULTS PHOTO GALLERY

Kent County Elementary Schools: RESULTS PHOTO GALLERY

New Castle County Elementary Schools: RESULTS PHOTO GALLERY

Levels of competition

Rules packet for all 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.

     MATP information

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.


Family Information

  • Concessions will NOT be available for purchase at the event.