The SONC softball program has grown significantly since it was first introduced at the 1984 Summer Games.  

SONC offers two types of softball competition: individual skills and slow-pitch team.

Individual skills competition allows Special Olympics athletes to develop sports skills in a competitive format designed to serve as a stepping stone to team competition. The indvidual skills offered for softball are base running, throwing, fielding, and hitting.

Athletes participating in traditional slow-pitch team competition play on a softball field, with modified base paths and pitching mounds for lower divisions.

SONC Summer Games takes place in Raleigh typically the first weekend in June.  Some local programs are beginning to host invitationals in the spring. Check out the listing of invitationals offered on this page. For programs looking to host an invitational, please contact the sports department at

While SONC does not offer Unified Sports competition for softball team, programs are welcome to create a Unified Sports Softball team and compete outside the state. Programs interested in these opportunities should contact the SONC sports staff.

Orange County Softball Invitation – April 14th, 2018

Orange county will be hosting a softball invitational on Saturday, April 14th at Cedar Falls Park.  More registration information to come.


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 athletics sport development team, contact one of the members below or Lauren Saulter, SONC staff liaison.

Horace Blue
Garner, NC

Peggie Kotynski
Wake Forest, NC

Christie Stancil
Raleigh, NC

Pat Conway (for Tee Ball)
Chapel Hill, NC


Assessment Forms

For coaches’ use only – do NOT submit with event registration.

Invitational Registration Forms

Use these forms if registering for an invitational hosted by an SONC local program, or use them to host an event of your own!

All forms must be submitted by the local program coordinator.

Summer Games Sport Registration Forms

Local program coordinators should submit entries along with the remainder of the Summer Games registration. Click here for a full list of Summer Games registration forms.

Certified Clinician

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.

Kathie Anthony
Gastonia, NC

Glenn Burgess
Gastonia, NC

Vicenta Theroux
Charlotte, NC