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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

  • 10月
    01
    2016 Area Softball Competition and EKS Celebration
    10月 01, 2016
    08:30 AM - 05:00 PM
    Odessa
    Texas
    2016 Area Softball Competition and EKS Celebration

    Special Olympics Texas – Area 18/Permian Basin-Big Bend is holding their Softball Competition on October 1, 2016. This event will begin with Opening Ceremonies at 8:30 a.m., followed by competition. Entries are due to Suzanne Anderson by September 9, 2016, via email by C.O.B. No late entries will be accepted. EKS DAY -- EKS Day celebrates the life of Eunice Kennedy Shriver and is a global call for people to commit actions of inclusion, acceptance and unity for and with people with intellectual disabilities. Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s actions helped open the minds and hearts of all people to the gifts and talents of individuals with intellectual disabilities. As the founder of Special Olympics, she demonstrated that one person could make a difference and change the world… and she certainly did just that. #PlayUnified

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    10月 01, 2016
    08:30 AM - 05:00 PM
    UTPB Softball Complex
    4901 E University Blvd.
    Odessa, Texas
    UNITED STATES
  • 10月
    08
    2016 Area Softball Competition
    10月 08, 2016
    09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    San Angelo
    Texas
    2016 Area Softball Competition

    Special Olympics Texas - Area 14 is holding their Softball Competition on OCtober 8, 2016. This event will begin with Opening Ceremonies at 9:00 a.m. followed by competition.

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    10月 08, 2016
    09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    Texas Bank Sports Complex
    1615 Rio Concho Dr.
    San Angelo, Texas
    UNITED STATES
  • 10月
    14
    State Fall Classic
    10月 14, 2016 - 10月 16, 2016
     
    Carencro
    Louisiana
    State Fall Classic

    Join us October 14th-16th at Pelican Park/Robicheaux Center in Carencro, LA as our athletes compete and show their skill in Aquatics, Horseshoes, and Softball competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.This is an event for all Areas. Sign up today to play, coach, or volunteer for this event.

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    10月 14, 2016 - 10月 16, 2016
     
    Pelican Park/Robicheaux Center
    Carencro, Louisiana
    UNITED STATES
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