Basketball State Tournament

The Basketball State Tournament includes team from all five Areas and several school programs. The tournament takes place at the University of Delaware Bob Carpenter Center, located on the UD athetic complex in Newark.


Tournament Information

State Tournament: Saturday, March 30, 2019, at Bob Carpenter Center, University of Delaware

Directions to the UD Athletic Complex



Final Divisions

3 v3 Half-Court Division 1 Schedule

Youth Unified Division 1 Schedule

Youth Unified Division 2 Schedule 

Junior Divisions 1a & 1b Schedule

Adult Division 1 Schedule

Adult Divisions 2a & 2b Schedule

Adult Divisions 3a & 3b Schedule

Adult Division 4 Schedule


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

  • State Tournament games are officiated by high school referees who are members of IAABO Board 11. The officials volunteer their time.

  • The first basketball event nationally took place in 1968 at the inaugural Special Olympics Summer Games, held in Chicago.

  • More than 500,000 athletes participate in basketball worldwide.


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