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.

Cumberland County Volleyball Invitational- Saturday, May 19, 2018

Cumberland County will be hosting a volleyball invitational on May 19th, 2018. This invitational will be held at Cape Fear High School at 4762 Clinton Road, Fayetteville, NC  28312.  Registration is limited to 10 teams. For more information on how to register, contact Jeremy Mincey at

UNC Chapel Hill Volleyball Clinic – Sunday, April 29, 2018

The UNC 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 is due by Tuesday, April 17, 2018.  Please click here to register!

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.

Rick Laskey
Jacksonville, NC

Connie Laskey
Jacksonville, NC

Keron Poteat
Watauga County Parks & Recreation
Boone, NC

Trina Sharpe
Statesville, NC

Brian Webb
Kernersville, NC


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.

Assessment Forms

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

Certified Clinician

In addition to the sport development team, these volunteers are able to conduct local sport specific training schools on behalf of SONC.  For more information on becoming a certified clinician, contact Andrea Stamm.