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Game On: Learn about the divisioning process that differentiates Special Olympics from other sport organizations.

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.

Always communicate with your local coordinator if you are interested in submitting registration for an event.

Summer Games/Invitational Registration Forms

SONC Summer Games will be held May 31 – June 2, 2019, in Raleigh.

Athletes and partners also have the opportunity and are encouraged to participate in various local invitationals. Check the softball sport calendar for upcoming invitationals being hosted by local programs.  If you are interested in hosting an invitation please contact the sports department at sports@sonc.net.

Host an Invitational

Local programs are encouraged to invite neighboring counties to participate in invitationals, scrimmages, or leagues.  Click here for some basic steps on how to get started.

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 sports department at sports@sonc.net.

About Softball: Softball is a bat-and-ball sport played between two teams of 10 to 14 players. Every team aims at scoring as many runs possible, against the opponents by striking the ball with a specific bat.  The game is played on a smaller diamond than in baseball and despite the game’s name, the standard softball is not soft; in fact, it is harder than a baseball.  

Differences of Special Olympics Softball:  Special Olympics Softball has some modifications to the rules of the International Softball Federation. All batters and runners must wear a helmet with a chin strap at all times. The catcher also wears a helmet with a mask and a chest protector. At first base, a safety orange bag is attached. There are also two home plates used. The runner will tag the outside plate, where the catcher receives throws at the original home plate. Pitching distances will range for each pitcher, rather than just one distance.  

History: The Special Olympics North Carolina softball program has grown significantly since it was first introduced at the 1984 Summer Games.   

 By the Numbers:   

  • Davidson county started the unified softball program in 1990.  This was also the first unified team of any kind at Special Olympics North Carolina. 
  • A team consisting from Pasquotank and Perquimans counties participated in the Northern Virginia Unified Softball Tournament in June of 1992. 

Sport Development Teams (SDT) are responsible for assisting with local and state-level programs and competition, educating coaches and officials, and promoting active engagement among athletes throughout the year. Click here for more information.

Horace Blue
Garner

Peggie Kotynski
Wake Forest

Christie Stancil
Raleigh

Pat Conway (for Tee Ball)
Chapel Hill

Certified Clinicians receive additional training in presentational skills to conduct training schools in their community.  In order to become a Certified Clinician one must have a Special Olympics North Carolina level 2 sport certification in this sport.

Kathie Anthony
Gastonia

Glenn Burgess
Gastonia

Vicenta Theroux
Charlotte

For more information on becoming an SDT member or a Certified Clinician, contact sports@sonc.net.

Become an Athlete or Unified Partner

Special Olympics North Carolina offers sports training and competition in 19 Olympic-type sports to children and adults with intellectual disabilities.  Learn more on how to become an athlete.

Become a Unified partner and play on a team alongside athletes with intellectual disabilities.

Become a Coach

Combine knowledge and passion for a sport by becoming a Special Olympics North Carolina coach to lead athletes in preparing for local and state-level competition.

Become a Volunteer

Serve a crucial role at Special Olympics North Carolina by volunteering at our office or one of our many events throughout the year. Check out our home page for these volunteer opportunities.

Share Your Sport Knowledge

Officiate for Special Olympics North Carolina by donating your time as a sports official.  Contact sports@sonc.net for more information.

Sport Development Team members (SDT) are active volunteers who channel their passion and knowledge for a sport into effective leadership for local and state programs.  

Certified clinicians supplement the SDT by providing coaches training in their community.  Click here for trainers.

For more information on getting involved, contact sports@sonc.net.