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Volunteer at Area 3 Softball

Registration opens May 28 and closes July 28, 2019.

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.

Facts at a Glance

Tentative schedule

8:30-9 a.m. – Delegation registration
9:15 a.m. – Opening Ceremonies
9:30 a.m. – Competition begins
Lunch and awards will be presented following the competition.

Events

Individual Skills
Traditional Team
Coach Pitch Team
Depending on the teams registered, Coach Pitch teams may have to play Traditional teams, but they will be divisioned separately.

Sport-specific guidelines

1. Softball games will be seven innings or a 70 minute maximum time limit. No new inning will begin after 60 minutes.
2. Roster size: 16 maximum, 10 minimum
3. Three outs or a maximum of ten batters per inning
4. Assessment scores for athletes on traditional or coach pitch teams is different from scoring for the Individual Skills Competition. Please see the Softball Handbook (PDF) for clarification.
5. Athletes can participate in Individual Skills or on a team.
6. Please make sure to note in the online registration system if the athlete needs a tee for coach pitch (under the assisted needed area online).
7. For Coach Pitch, please note that no more than half the roster can be registered to use a tee.