Special Olympics North Carolina (SONC) first held state-level competition in volleyball in 1975 and then was not offered again at the state-level until four teams competed in 1982.
SONC offers four types of volleyball competition: individual skills, traditional, Unified and modified 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 volleyball are overhead passing, serving, and passing.
Traditional volleyball team competition is played on a regulation volleyball court with a traditional indoor leather volleyball.
Modified volleyball team competition is played on a regulation volleyball court but a lighter, larger volleyball. The service line is also moved closer to the net.
Unified Volleyball team competition is played on a regulation volleyball court bringing together people with intellectual disabilities (athletes) and people without intellectual disabilities (partners) on the same teams.
Additional competition opportunities will be available for Unified Sports. This is being done in anticipation of potentially removing all Unified competition from state-level events starting in the 2017-2018 program year.
SONC Summer Games is held in Raleigh typically the first weekend in June.
UNC Chapel Hill Volleyball Clinic is offered to SONC athletes and features skills stations run by the members of the UNC Chapel Hill women’s volleyball team. Registration information for this clinic will be made available as it’s received.
SO Cumberland County Volleyball Invitational – May 20, 2017
SONC volleyball teams are invited for a day of competition on May 20, 2017. There is a maximum number of teams, so please contact Jeremy Mincey by April 14th to register or with any questions.
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 the Sports Department.
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