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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.

Descendant of Baseball

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.

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Special Olympics focuses on the individuality of each athlete so that coaches can train and encourage growth in skills and accomplishment. The coaching materials, rules and other resources on this page have been specially prepared for coaches working with people with intellectual disabilities. Coaching Special Olympics athletes calls for the same skills and experience that many coaches are familiar with. The extra information in our coaching guides about working with people with ID is what makes our materials helpful and valuable.

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Softball Events

  • juin
    10
    Summer Games
    juin 10, 2016 - juin 12, 2016
     
    Ewing
    New Jersey
    Summer Games

    Come and cheer on our athletes as they demonstrate their courage and determination during a weekend of aquatics, bocce, gymnastics, powerlifting, softball and tennis competition.

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    juin 10, 2016 - juin 12, 2016
     
    The College of New Jersey
    Ewing, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
  • juil.
    29
    Charles E Watson Softball & Golf Tournament
    juil. 29, 2016 - juil. 31, 2016
     
    Wichita
    Kansas
    Charles E Watson Softball & Golf Tournament

    The Charles E. Watson Softball & Golf Tournament will be held in Wichita, Kansas at two locations. The Golf competition will be held at the Sierra Hills Golf Course on Friday, July 29th. The Softball Competition will be held at the Two Rivers Youth Club on Saturday, July 30th and Sunday July 31st.

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    Contact: Tim Rehder
    Email: rehdert@ksso.org
    Phone: 913-236-9290

    juil. 29, 2016 - juil. 31, 2016
     
    Sierra Hills - Golf /TRYC - Softball
    13420 E. Pawnee/1700 N Ridge
    Wichita, Kansas
    UNITED STATES
  • sept.
    23
    State Fall Games
    sept. 23, 2016 - sept. 25, 2016
     
    Ypsilanti
    Michigan
    State Fall Games

    The State Fall Games offers a high profile, exciting event for approximately 1,600 Special Olympics Michigan athletes to showcase their skills in Flag Football (Chrysler Proving Grounds in Chelsea), Soccer (Independence Park in Canton), Cycling (Chrysler Proving Grounds in Chelsea), Softball (Canton Softball Complex in Canton) and Golf (Eagle Crest Golf Course in Ypsilanti).

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    Contact: Aaron Mills
    Email: aaron.mills@somi.org
    Phone: 989-774-4393

    sept. 23, 2016 - sept. 25, 2016
     
    Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti
    Ypsilanti, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
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