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


June 16, 2014 | North America: Colorado

41 years

By Rose Winkler

Special Olympics Colorado plane pull

I've been involved in Special Olympics since 1973, in track and field. Then when Unified Sports came in I played basketball and softball. It's hard to put my story into words because I had a long career. My goal is to teach our younger athletes about Special Olympics, what it was like for me.View Story I've been involved in Special Olympics since 1973, in track and field. Then when Unified Sports came in I played basketball and softball. It's hard to put my story into words because I had a long career. My goal is to teach our younger athletes about Special Olympics, what it was like for me.

About Rose Winkler:I'm an athlete, coach, volunteer, and Colorado Special Olympics Global Messenger. I also do community theatre.
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May 14, 2014 | SOI General: Headquarters

Seeking Experienced Officials for the LA 2015 Games

By Sara Prescott

Special Olympics welcomes applications for volunteer sport officials for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles California, 24 July – 2 August 2015. The application deadline is July 1.View Story Special Olympics is accepting applications for volunteer sport officials for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles California, 24 July – 2 August 2015. In most cases, Special Olympics will select officials who are already certified by a related sports federation and who have Special Olympics officiating experience. Applications must be received by no later than July 1 2014. Please use the link below for more information and to download applications.

About Sara Prescott:I am the Administrative Assistant of Sports Training & Competition at Special Olympics.
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April 18, 2014 | SOI General: Headquarters

Two Athletes Share a Rare Disease, Gold Medals and Guts

By Lynn Aylward

The Striegels

Ryan Groves and Steven Striegel share several things. They both are both in Special Olympics, love basketball, and hold Gold Medals. They also share tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC), a rare genetic disease that affects 50,000 Americans and one million people worldwide.View Story Ryan Groves and Steven Striegel share several things. They both are both in Special Olympics, love basketball, and hold gold medals. They also share tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC), a rare genetic disease that affects 50,000 Americans and one million people worldwide. TSC results in typically benign tumors that primarily form in the brain, kidneys, heart, eyes, and skin. Depending on the location and severity of the tumors, people with TSC can be severely mentally and physically disabled, or may seem unaffected by the disease. For those adversely affected, the challenges can be intense. But Ryan and Steven -- who are profiled this month in Neurology Now -- work, play sports, and socialize, often with friends they've met through Special Olympics. One additional challenge for people with TSC and their families is that the disease is little-known, even though it may actually hold a key to understanding more common conditions such as cancer.

About Lynn Aylward:I work in communications for Special Olympics
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Softball Events


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Event

Location

August 02, 2014

East Region Softball Tournament

Join us on Satruday, August 2nd in Pasco, Missouri as athletes from the Eastern Region compete in a Special Olympics softball. Cheer them on and experience the power of sports. For more details about the event, refer to the link and contact information below.
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Jill Ives
Email:Jives@sowa.org
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Pasco
Pasco, Washington
UNITED STATES

August 02, 2014

Northwest Region Softball Tournament

Join us on Saturday, August 2nd at in Lynden, Washington as athletes from the Northwest Region compete in a Special Olympics Softball Tournament. Cheer them on and experience the power of sports. For more details about the event, refer to the link and contact information below.
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Madison Goverde
Email:mgoverde@sowa.org
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Lynden, Washington
UNITED STATES

August 23, 2014

G. Michael Perry Softball Tournament

The Perry Family started this annual tournament in 2008 as way to ensure that Special Olympics athletes had the opportunity to participate in sports year-round. This year the tournament will feature individual skills competition, traditional Special Olympics team play and Unified Sports® Team Play. Come join us for a fun day to celebrate athletes around Wyoming and their dedication to sports!
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Special Olympics Wyoming
Phone:307-235-8403
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North Casper Sports Complex
1700 East ‘K’ Street

Casper, Wyoming
UNITED STATES

September 13, 2014

Acadiana Area Softball & Horseshoes Invitational

Join us on September 13th at Brown Park in Lafayette, Louisiana for a day filled with Unified sporting competition. This event is open to all Unified softball teams, t-ball teams (traditional or unified), and horseshoes athletes from around the state. Horseshoes will be offered in singles, doubles, and unified doubles. Please contact use contact information below if you have any interest in joining this event. Hope to see you there!
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Brock Banos
Email:bbanos@laso.org
Phone:(985) 345-6644
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Brown Park
Lafayette, Louisiana
UNITED STATES

Sep 20 - 21 2014

South Dakota State Softball Tournament

Join us September 20-21 at Parkview Softball Complex in Rapid City, South Dakota as athlete from around the state come together for two days of tournament action. The tournament will feature Unified Softball, Slow Pitch and Tee Ball. Come and witness the true power of sports.
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Domico Rodriguez
Phone:605-718-8491
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Parkview Softball Complex
4415 Parkview Dr

Rapid City, South Dakota
UNITED STATES

Dec 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 - Aug 2 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

2014 Canada Summer Games

The Special Olympics 2014 Canada Summer Games was the largest Canadian Games ever. Athletes competed in aquatics, athletics, basketball, bocce, bowling, football (soccer), golf, gymnastics, powerlifting and softball.


2014 USA Games

The 2014 Special Olympics USA Games ran June 14-21. See results and stories.


2012 Softball Invitational Tournament

Special Olympics athletes from 33 teams from the United States, Canada, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico competed in Oklahoma City for the 2012 Special Olympics North America Softball Invitational Tournament.


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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