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Area 3 Trifecta – Basketball & Swimming Competitions

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Swimming events
50, 100, 200 and 400 meter freestyle
50, 100 and 200 meter backstroke
50 and 100 meter breaststroke
50 and 100 meter butterfly
100 meter individual medley
4 x 25 and 4 x 50 freestyle relay
4 x 25 unified relay

The following provide meaningful competition for athletes who prefer shorter events:
25 meter freestyle
25 meter breaststroke
25 meter backstroke
25 meter butterfly
15 meter walk
15 and 25 meter flotation
15 meter assisted swim
15 meter freestyle

Because of the wide array of events offered, swimming is appropriate for a range of ages and ability levels. Swimming events are conducted with a variety of strokes. Special Olympics Minnesota also offers events that provide a meaningful competition environment for athletes who thrive in shorter events, and/or are building toward more capacity. The development of these basic skills are necessary to progress to other competitive events.

In addition to traditional events, athletes can participate in Unified relays. Unified Sports is a program that assigns Special Olympics Minnesota athletes and athletes without intellectual disabilities (Unified Partners) to the same teams for training and competition. On a Unified relay, a team consists of two Special Olympics Minnesota athletes and two Unified Partners.

As in all Special Olympics Minnesota sports, athletes are grouped in competition divisions according to ability level, age and gender.

Basketball events
Full court competition: 5-on-5
Half court competition: 3-on-3
Unified full court competition: 5-on-5
Individual skills and Unified skills: Dribbling, passing, shooting

Basketball is popular among Special Olympics Minnesota athletes. We offer team events as well as individual skills competitions that help athletes train and compete in basic basketball skills before advancing to team play.

In addition to traditional events, athletes can participate in Unified full court basketball events that assign Special Olympics Minnesota athletes and partners without intellectual disabilities to the same team. During Unified basketball competition, the lineup will never exceed three athletes and two Unified Partners at any time. Athletes can compete in both Unified basketball and one other basketball event.

Unified basketball is offered at regional and state tournaments only; Area competitions do not have Unified events. The minimum age for athletes and partners in Unified basketball is 8.