Softball

This page draws together softball-related information for all of Special Olympics. The coaching materials and other links will help you get a good sense of how this sport contributes to Special Olympics.


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Get an overview of the sport of Special Olympics softball.  View Softball Fact Sheet

Softball is a bat-and-ball sport played between two teams of 10 to 14 players. Every team aims in scoring as many runs possible, against the opponents by striking the ball with a specific bat. It is a direct descendant of baseball although there are some key differences: softballs are larger than baseballs, and the pitches are thrown underhand rather than overhand. The game is played on a smaller diamond than in baseball and despite the game's name, the standard softball is not soft; in fact, it is harder than a baseball.


Softball Stories and News


agosto 28, 2013 | Latin America: Mexico

México conquista la plata en Internacional de Softbol

By Paola Martinelli

Equipo mexicano de softbol

México obtuvo el segundo lugar y medalla de plata del Torneo de Softbol de Olimpiadas Especiales en Nueva Jersey, luego de caer en el partido por el primer lugar de su división T-2 ante Carolina del Norte, en un juego apretado que se decidió en la última entrada.View Story México obtuvo el segundo lugar y medalla de plata del Torneo de Softbol de Olimpiadas Especiales en Nueva Jersey, luego de caer en el partido por el primer lugar de su división T-2 ante Carolina del Norte, en un juego apretado que se decidió en la última entrada. Los atletas sonorenses estuvieron a sólo tres outs de llevarse la victoria, sin embargo, en la quinta y última entrada, Miguel Ávila regaló cuatro bases por bola que se sumaron a los batazos de los jugadores de Carolina del Norte quienes hicieron 6 carreras en ese inning.Nos llevamos la experiencia de la participación, el que los muchachos han logrado conocer sobre todo sus habilidades y demostrar que ellos pueden tener logros en el aspecto deportivo y en el individual, como personas independientes”, dijo Aída Guadalupe Dávila Elías González, Directora Ejecutiva de Olimpiadas Especiales Sonora.

About Paola Martinelli:Gerente Nacional de Comunicaciones y Mercadotecnia
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agosto 21, 2013 | Latin America: Mexico

Un reconocimiento a su esfuerzo

By Paola Martinelli

Marco Antonio Beaven Ciapara

Marco Antonio Beaven Ciapara fue convocado al selectivo mexicano que participará en la Olimpiada Especial que se celebrará en Nueva Jersey.View Story Marco Antonio Beaven Ciapara fue convocado al selectivo mexicano que participará en la Olimpiada Especial que se celebrará en Nueva Jersey. El reconocido atleta porteño recibe una vez más el reconocimiento por parte de las autoridades deportivas nacionales por sus máximos logros en las distintas justas deportivas dentro del deporte adaptado, y sin lugar a dudas aportará su experiencia y pasión en la defensa de los colores nacionales.El jugador que desde el 2005 a la fecha ha logrado un total de 12 preseas doradas en las competencias estatales y 7 en nacionales.Si algún atleta especial guaymense ha destacado sobre manera en estos últimos años en eventos estatales y nacionales, ese es Marco Antonio Beaven Ciapara quien ha aprovechado bien las oportunidades que le han brindado las autoridades deportivas municipales y estatales. “Me siento contento por la confianza que me han dado para poder integrarme al selectivo nacional de softbol, creo que lo estamos haciendo de buena manera

About Paola Martinelli:Gerente Nacional de Comunicaciones y Mercadotecnia
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agosto 09, 2013 | Latin America: Panamá

México, Puerto Rico y Rep. Dominicana Softbol participan en evento de Softbol

By Alicia S.

Del 15 al 22 de Agosto, las delegaciones de México, Puerto Rico y República Dominicana participarán del 2013 North America Softball Invitational en Mercer County Park junto a atletas de Canada y Estados Unidos.View Story Del 15 al 22 de Agosto, las delegaciones de México, Puerto Rico y República Dominicana participarán del 2013 North America Softball Invitational en Mercer County Park junto a atletas de Canada y Estados Unidos. Con un total de 360 atletas y 96 entrenadores, éste evento servirá como inspiración para muchas personas a nivel mundial y una experiencia que seguramente dejará huellas en la vida de todos los participantes. La gran familia de Special Olympics América Latina les desea mucho éxito!

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Softball Events


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Event

Location

ene 5 - mar 5 2014

Summer Games - Arizona

Join Special Olympics Arizona on 1-3 May at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona as athletes from around the state compete in 3 days of athletic competition. Athletes will be competing in the following sports: athletics, powerlifting, kayaking, Unified kayaking doubles, softball, tennis and Unified tennis. Hope to see you there!
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Jamie Heckerman
Email:jamie@SpecialOlympicsArizona.org
Phone:602-230-9135
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Grand Canyon University
3300 W. Camelback Rd.

Phoenix, Arizona
UNITED STATES

sep 5 - oct 5 2014

South Carolina State Summer Games

Join Special Olympics South Carolina on March 9th - 10th as over a 1,000 athletes, coaches and unified partners will come together for 2 days of competition in 6 sports in the city of Columbia. Athletes will compete in athletics, badminton, gymnastics, masters bocce, powerlifting, softball, swimming and under 21 bowling.
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Kelly Garrick
Email:kgarrick@so-sc.org
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Ft. Jackson
Columbia, South Carolina
UNITED STATES

may 14 - 16 2014

45th Annual Summer Games - Oklahoma

Join Special Olympics Oklahoma on 14-16 May at Oklahoma State University (Gallagher Iba Area) in Stillwater, Arizona as athletes from around the state compete in 2 days of athletic competition. Athletes will compete in nine sports: Athletics (Track and Field), Bocce, Bowling, Golf, Horseshoes, Powerlifting, Unified 3-on-3 Basketball, and Unified Softball. Other events include Motor Activities and Stars of the Future. Hope to see you there!
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Teri Hockett
Phone:teri@sook.org
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Oklahoma State University
Gallagher Iba Arena

Stillwater, Oklahoma
UNITED STATES

may 30 - ene 6 2014

Hawaii State Summer Games

Over 1,000 Athletes and Coaches from throughout the state of Hawaii will participate in our Summer Games at the University of Hawaii and Central Oahu Regional Park. Athletes began training in February and are competing in Area and Regional competitions from the end of March through the beginning of May in preparation for the Summer Games. Competition will be held in Powerlifting, Softball, Swimming and Track and Field. The Special Olympics Hawaii Summer Games have been held continuously since 1968.
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University of Hawaii and Central Oahu Regional Park
Hilo, Hawaii
UNITED STATES

jun 6 - jul 6 2014

Virginia Summer Games

Summer Games, our largest competition, is nothing short of legendary thanks to overwhelming support from thousands of local volunteers who brave the summer heat to assist Special Olympics Virginia athletes each June. Athletes come from all corners of the state to compete in swimming, softball, track & field, bowling and tennis.This event also features our annual Healthy Athletes expo, as well as fan filled stands, thanks to our Volunteer to Cheer program! Stay tuned to www.volunteer2cheer.com for cheering opportunities closer to the event date.
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Gray Miller
Email:gmiller@specialolympicsva.org
Phone:804-612-1608
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University of Richmond and Surrounding venues
Richmond, Virginia
UNITED STATES

jun 6 - ago 6 2014

Maryland State Summer Games

Join Special Olympics Maryland June 6-8 at Towson University in Towson, Maryland as athletes from all over the state compete in athletics, aquatics, bocce, cheerleading, softball and tennis. We hope to see you there!
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Mike Czarnowsky
Email:mczarnowsky@somd.org
Phone:410-242-1515 ext 124
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Towson University
8000 York Rd

Towson, Maryland
UNITED STATES

jun 13 - 21 2014

2014 USA National Games

The USA National Games be centered in and around Princeton and the Greater Mercer County area. Venues will include Princeton University, Rider University, The College of New Jersey, and Mercer County Park. The New Jersey Devils have offered The Prudential Center as the venue for the Opening Ceremonies. The National Games will feature nearly 3,500 athletes competing in 14 Olympic-style sports, with the support of 1,000 coaches, 8,000 volunteers and an estimated 50,000 family, friends and spectators. Non-competitive special events will include the Final Leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run™ that will symbolize the start of the competition and Healthy Athletes, a place where the athletes can get vital health screenings. Youth and education events will also be held in conjunction with the Games as young leaders rally around making change for the better of the Special Olympics movement and promoting acceptance of those with intellectual disabilities.
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Greg Epperson
Email:gepperson@specialolympics.org
Phone:919-785-0700
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Several Locations - New Jersey
Princeton, New Jersey
UNITED STATES

ago 7 - dic 7 2014

2014 Canada National Summer Games

The Special Olympics Canada Summer Games will feature 11 sports, making the 2014 Games the largest Canadian Games ever. Athletes will compete in aquatics, athletics, basketball, bocce, bowling, football (Soccer), golf, gymnastics, powerlifting and softball. It is anticipated that over 2,000 athletes, coaches and officials will be part of the 2014 Games, in addition to over 1,000 Event volunteers, who will help to make this an outstanding and truly memorable experience for everyone involved.
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Email:info@vancouver2014.com
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University of British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia
CANADA

dic 14 - 15 2014

Southern California Fall Games

Be inspired by athletic determination and courage. Come cheer on more than 1,100 athletes from across Southern California as they compete for gold, silver, and bronze medals and ribbons at Fall Games. The Games will feature our six fall/winter sports — bowling, floor hockey, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball. Fall Games, one of our largest competitions, is the second of two Southern California competitions held every year.
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Fountain Valley and Irvine
Fountain Valley and Irvine, California
UNITED STATES

jul 24 - feb 8 2015

World Summer Games Los Angeles 2015

In July of 2015 more than 7,000 athletes from 170 countries will come to Los Angeles, California for the Special Olympics World Summer Games and enjoy 10 days full of joy, friendship and competition. Athletes will compete in 22 sports. The event expects to attract 500,000 spectators and 30,000 volunteers and 3,000 coaches.
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World Summer Games Los Angeles 2015
Email:info@la2015.org
Phone:213-892-6018
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Various Locations, Los Angeles
Los Angeles , California
UNITED STATES

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Softball Competitions


2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games

Athens, Greece, was the home of the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games. That year, it was the world’s largest sporting event for athletes with intellectual disabilities. See results by athlete, delegation and bib number.


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