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

Registration forms for Milford, Brandywine, Red Clay, Christina, Colonial (due Oct. 24): Individual Skills, Young Athletes, Additional Coaches

Registrations forms for Sussex County Schools, Caesar Rodney, Smyrna, Capital, Appoquinimink (due Nov. 7): Individual Skills, Young Athletes, Additional Coaches

Registration form for the MATP for all events.


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

Dates and locations

Milford School District: Wednesday, Nov. 5 at Milford Central Academy

Brandywine and Red Clay School Districts: Monday, Nov. 10 at McKean HS

Christina School District: Thursday, Nov. 13th at Christiana HS

Colonial School District: Friday, Nov. 14th at William Penn HS

Sussex County School Districts: Monday, Nov. 17th at Sussex Tech HS

Caesar Rodney School District: Tuesday, Nov. 18th at Caesar Rodney HS

Capital & Smyrna School District: Thursday, Nov. 20th at Smyrna HS

Appoquinimink School District: Friday, Nov. 21st at Middletown HS

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


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.

Rules for Individual and Modified Skills Competition

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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.