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 10:00 a.m. and should end no later than 1:30 p.m. 

November 27 - Hockessin PAL (New Castle County Schools MATP & Brennen Team Skills) 

November 28 - Hockessin PAL (New Castle County Middle Schools)

December 4 - Smyrna High School (Kent County Elementary Schools)

December 5 - McKean High School (NCC Elementary - Brandywine, Colonial and Red Clay Districts)

December 7 - William Penn High School (NCC High Schools)

December 11 - Sussex Tech High School (Kent/Sussex Middle Schools) 

December 13 - Middletown High School (NCC Elementary - Appo, Christina Districts, Newark Charter School)

December 14 - Caesar Rodney High School (Kent/Sussex High Schools) 

December 18 - Milford Central Academy (Sussex County Elementary Schools including Milford School District)


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.