As a dominant sport in the Tar Heel State, it should come as no surprise that basketball is also a mainstay in the Special Olympics North Carolina (SONC) program. Basketball is one of the most popular sports with 95 local programs offering it and over 10,000 athletes throughout the state.
SONC offers three types of basketball competition: individual skills, 3-on-3 team, and 5-on-5 team.
Individual skills competition allows Special Olympics athletes to develop sports skills in a competitive format designed as a stepping stone for athletes to team competition. The indvidual skills offered for basketball are passing, dribbling, and shooting.
3-on-3 basketball team competition is played on a half-court with three players a side (six player on a roster maximum). Games are played with two ten-minute halves with a running clock. The winner is determined by who has the most points at the end of full time, or the first team to 20 points.
5-on-5 basketball team competition is played on a regulation basketball court and follows North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) rules, with some modifications. Games are played by four eight-minute quarters with a running clock. The winner is determined by the team with the most points at the end of full time.
SONC Fall Tournament
SONC Fall Tournament will be held in Charlotte during the first weekend of November. At that time, skills competition and 5-on-5 team competition will occur; 5-on-5 will alternate with 3-on-3 and be offered in 2017. Skills competition will be offered every year at the state level.
Unified Sports Recreation Basketball is occurring at college campuses around the state. NC State, UNC Wilmington, Methodist University and Winston-Salem State University have programs currently underway.
For more information on Unified Sports basketball, check out this video from SOI and ESPN.
Sport Development Team
These volunteers advise SONC staff regarding sport rule modifications, competition and also train coaches in their sport! For more information on the basketball sport development team, contact one of the members below or the Sports Department.