Basketball State Tournament

2017 State Basketball Tournament Photo Gallery


The Basketball State Tournament, sponsored by Farmers Insurance, is a two-day event comprised of Area teams from across the state. The tournament takes place at the University of Delaware Bob Carpenter Center, located on the UD athetic complex in Newark.

Tournament Information

State Tournament: April 1-2, 2017

Bob Carpenter Center, University of Delaware


State Tournament Fact Sheet

Directions to the UD Athletic Complex


Levels of Competition

2017 Information and Rules for all levels of competition

Traditional: 5 v 5 full-court competition.

Unified: 5 v 5 full-court competition with three Special Olympics athletes and two Unified Partners on each team.

Halfcourt: 3 v 3 halfcourt competition

Skills Competition: Basic, Standard and Advanced Skills

Young Athletes Demonstration: children ages 7 and younger

Teams are divisioned based on age and ability.  

Visit our basketball sports page for more information.


History and Facts

  • The Wilmington Wizards Steelers team won the 2016 Dick Nolan Sportsmanship Award.
  • State Tournament games are officiated by high school referees who are members of IAABO Board 11.
  • The first basketball event nationally took place in 1968 at the inaugural Special Olympics Summer Games, held in Chicago.
  • More than 450,000 athletes participate in basketball worldwide.


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