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

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

Kent County Elementary Schools: Friday, November 13 at Smyrna High School

Sussex County Elementary AND Secondary Schools (including Lake Forest and Milford districts): Tuesday, November 17 at Sussex Tech High School

New Castle County Secondary Schools (Appo, Brandywine and Red Clay): November 19 or 20 at McKean High School (Date TBD)

New Castle County Secondary Schools (Christina and Colonial): Tuesday, November 10 at William Penn High School

Kent County Secondary Schools: Monday, November 16 at Caesar Rodney High School

New Castle County Motor Activity Training Program event: December 1 or 2 (TBD) at Hockessin PAL


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. 

Rules for Young Athletes Skills Events

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.

Advanced Skills: to be announced

Rules for Individual and Modified Skills Competition

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.