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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
Wake Forest, NC
Pat Conway (for Tee Ball)
Chapel Hill, NC