Special Olympics softball is an exciting team sport. Athletes can participate in individual skills, coach pitch, traditional slow-pitch or Unified softball. Unified Sports® is a program that assigns Special Olympics athletes and athletes without intellectual disabilities (partners) to the same teams for training and competition.
The softball individual skills competition allows athletes to train and compete in basic softball skills. The development of these key skills is necessary prior to advancing to team competition. These skills include base running, fielding and throwing. A player’s final score is determined by adding up his or her scores in the different events.
As in all Special Olympics sports, athletes are grouped in competition divisions according to ability level, age and gender.
Handbook & Rules
- Special Olympics softball was introduced in 1983.
- Twenty-six Minnesota delegations currently offer their athletes the opportunity to train and compete in traditional softball, coach pitch, Unified softball or individuals skills competitions.