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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 cumberland@sonc.net.

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 orange@sonc.net.

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 durham@sonc.net.

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.

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.

Gaston Collins
Chocowinity, NC

Michael Quade
Raleigh, NC

Celeste Frazier
Stanley, NC

Lewis McLean
Stanley, NC

Renee Leonhardt
Morganton, NC

Earl Thompson
Washington, NC

Find out which sports are offered in your community

Basketball Invitationals

The following invitationals are hosted by the local program indicated. Information will be posted as soon as it is received. Please note that these events may have a per person registration fee for the local program to cover expenses for the event.

Cumberland County Basketball Invitational: January 27th, 2018

Cumberland County will be hosting a 5v5 basketball invitational on January 27th, 2018. For more information on how to register, contact Jeremy Mincey at cumberland@sonc.net.

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 orange@sonc.net.

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 durham@sonc.net.

Forsyth County Basketball Invitational: March 3rd, 2018
More information to come after the first of 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.

Forms

All forms must be submitted by the local program coordinator.

Fall Tournament Sport Forms

Local program coordinators should submit entries along with the remainder of the Fall Tournament registration.  Click here for a full list of Fall Tournament registration forms. These forms will be available closer to the event date.

  • Basketball ISC Registration Form
  • Basketball Team Registration and Rating Form

Assessment Forms

For coaches’ use only – do NOT submit with registration

Certified Clinicians

In addition to the sport development team, these volunteers are able to conduct local sport specific training schools on behalf of SONC. Contact the clinician in your area if you would like to schedule a training (their county of residence is located under their name). For more information on becoming a certified clinician, contact Andrea Stamm.

Howard Barber
Randolph County

Kathy Odell
Stanly County