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.
Cumberland County Basketball Invitational: January 27th, 2018
Cumberland County will be hosting a basketball invitational on January 27th, 2018. This invitational will be held at Cape Fear High School at 4762 Clinton Road, Fayetteville, NC 28312. The format of the tournament will be 5v5 basketball. For more information on how to register, contact Jeremy Mincey at email@example.com.
UNC-Chapel Hill Basketball Clinic: January 29th, 2018
The UNC Chapel Hill Basketball Athlete Clinic is offered to SONC athletes and features skills stations run by the members of the UNC Chapel Hill men’s basketball team. Registration for this clinic is limited to 100 athletes.
UNC-Wilmington Basketball Clinic: February 8th, 2018
The UNC-Wilmington men’s basketball team and new Coach C.B. McGrath will host a basketball clinic for up to 60 athletes on Sunday, February 8th, 2018. The clinic will be hosted in the Trask Coliseum on the UNC-Wilmington campus.
Orange County 3v3 Basketball Invitational: February 24th, 2018
Orange County will be hosting a 3v3 basketball invitational on February 24th, 2018. Registration is closed. To inquire about potential participation, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Durham County 5v5 Basketball Invitational: February 24th, 2018
Durham County will be a hosting a 5v5 basketball invitational on February 24th, 2018. Registration is closed. To inquire about potential participation, contact email@example.com.
Forsyth County Basketball Invitational: March 3rd, 2018
More information to come after the first of the year.
Mecklenburg County Basketball Invitational: March 10th, 2018
Mecklenburg County will be hosting a Basketball Invitational at Charlotte Latin School on Saturday, March 10, 2018. Click here for the schedule and more information.
- Mecklenburg County Basketball Invitational Registration and Rating Form
- Mecklenburg County Basketball Invitational Flyer
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.