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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.


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

October 06, 2014 | North America: Southern California

Winning the Gold As a Team

By Kari Craig

Winning the Gold for the first time! Southern California Special Olympics Softball Team the Aztecs

Our first tournament was last October. We all came together as a team and decided that the tournament coming up was going to be for a teammate of ours who was very sick in the hospital.View Story Our first softball tournament was last October. Just a few weeks prior to the tournament, we heard some unfortunate news about one of our players, Bobby. He was in the hospital and not doing well. We all came together as a team and decided that the tournament coming up was going to be for our teammate who was in the hospital. We all wanted to show our support for him. We wore armbands, hats, & shirts that said “Bobby”. At the beginning of each game, we huddled in and chanted his name. That day we played two games and ended up winning, bringing us to the Fall games. In December we had the Fall games softball tournament, it was a hot weekend but we ended up winning the entire tournament. It was not an easy win. As a team, we lost our teammate Bobby, who passed away. We lost our head coach, so all the coaches remaining were coaching for the first time. We had a few medical scares, too. But by the end of the season we all felt like family.

About Kari Craig:The Special Olympics came into my life on July 25, 2013 when I started volunteering as a coach for softball Southern California in the fall 2013. With the season coming to a close, I've been reflecting on the past few months and realizing that our team's experience is one that needs to be shared with the world! When I began the process of applying to volunteer, I had no idea what to expect, but I wanted to become more involved with the community and volunteer my hours. That's when a friend told me about Special Olympics; she had a brother who volunteered. Allie Marquis, the volunteer and program manager contacted me after I submitted my application, and on August 2nd I showed up for our first practice. Our team consisted of 20 players and 7 coaches. I quickly learned that we had players who had been in the league for many years and understood the game better than most of the coaches. We all bonded very quickly and the chemistry on the team was undeniable.
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September 11, 2014 | North America: North Carolina

Special Olympics NC Athlete Honored for Her Dedication to Sports

By Megan O'Donnell

Melajah Delgado beams when talking about Special Olympics.

Once shy and quiet, Melajah Delgado of Charlotte is now one of the more boisterous players on her Special Olympics Mecklenburg County Eagles softball team, always cheering on her teammates as they round the bases.View Story Once shy and quiet, Melajah Delgado of Charlotte is now one of the more boisterous players on her Special Olympics Mecklenburg County Eagles softball team, always cheering on her teammates as they round the bases. Melajah began participating in Special Olympics since 2007 when she entered high school and immediately her self-esteem got a lift. “Her self-confidence has really improved over the seven years I’ve known her, said Beverly McDonald “Coach B”, Melajah’s Special Olympics softball coach and school teacher. “Her verbal and social skills have grown tremendously too. She has many, many friends now and is not afraid to speak up. Special Olympics has been a huge part of her life and continues to be even now that she has graduated from high school. Melajah has competed in a wide variety of sports including aquatics, athletics, basketball, bocce, bowling, cheerleading, and most recently tennis. She isn’t afraid to try new things and learn new skills.

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July 24, 2014 | Latin America: Mexico

Special Olympics Mexico Unified Softball Team Plays Alongside Their Baseball Heros

By Paola Martinelli

Special Olympics Mexico Unified baseball players got the opportunity play and showoff their best moves alongside their baseball heroes of the Mexico Red Devils.View Story Special Olympics Mexico Unified baseball players got the opportunity play and showoff their best moves alongside their baseball heroes of the Mexico Red Devils. During the game Japhet Amador was the pitcher, Hans Wilson was the catcher while Efron and Rocco the mascot ran hand-in-hand with the Special Olympics athletes around the bases. After the game the Special Olympics athletes asked the baseball players to sign their jerseys, shortly after the baseball players let the Special Olympics athletes sign their jerseys. This event was made possible by the of Banamex Home Runs initiative that supports local projects and non-profits. Each year, the big plays of the Red Devils of Mexico and Oaxaca Warriors are recorded and converted into donations Fomento Social Banamex and Alfredo Harp Helú Foundation, to support projects of social institutions in the state of Oaxaca, and the City and metropolitan area of Mexico City.

About Paola Martinelli:National Director of Communications and Marketing; National Director of the Athletes Leaders Program Regional Advisory Committee for Unified Sports
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Softball Events




Jun 5 - 7 2015

2015 Maryland Summer Games

Join us 5-7 June 2015 at Towson University in Towson, Maryland as our athletes compete in 3 days of exciting summer sports competition. Events will include: Aquatics – traditional individual events and team relays, Unified team relays; Athletics – traditional and Unified track, mini-javelin, high jump, long jump, pentathlon, softball throw, shot put, standing long jump, tennis ball throw; Bocce – singles, doubles, Unified doubles; Cheerleading – traditional and Unified team competition; Softball – traditional team competition, Unified team competition, individual skills competition. For schedule details please refer to the link, below.
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Towson University
8000 York Ave

Towson, Maryland

June 12, 2015

Virgina State Summer Games

Summer Games, our largest State Games, is nothing short of legendary thanks to the overwhelming support of more than 3,000 local volunteers who brave the summer heat to assist more than 1,300 Special Olympics Virginia athletes each June. Athletes come from all corners of the state to compete in bocce, swimming, softball, track & field, bowling, powerlifting, and tennis at the University of Richmond and surrounding venues in Richmond. We are fortunate to have all of our Event Volunteer needs assigned for this year's Summer Games. We are currently recruiting Volunteer to Cheer fans and Medical Team members!
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University of Richmond and surrounding venues
Richmond , Virginia

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
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Various Locations, Los Angeles
Los Angeles , California

August 17, 2015

Coaches Training - Softball

Join us on August 17th for a softball coaches training online webinar. Attendance in Mount Pleasant is not needed. To register please use the link below. If you have further questions please contact Zach Warner at
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Mount Pleasant, Michigan

Aug 28 - 29 2015

Kansas City - District Softball

Join us August 28-29 at the Frank White Sports Complex in Lees Summit, Missouri as our athletes will participate in two days of softball competition. Game play will begin at 6 p.m., August 28th and end at 5:00pm on August 29th. Come and cheer on our athlete and witness the power of sport.
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Susan Shaffer
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Frank White Sports Complex
Lees Summit, Missouri

Sep 25 - 27 2015

Missouri State Outdoor Games

The 2015 State Outdoor Games will be held in Fort Jefferson City, Missouri from March 27-29. Competition will begin at 8 a.m. on September 25th and go until 5 p.m. on March 27th. Athletes will be in competing in bocce, flag football, golf, softball, and tennis. Come and cheer on our athletes as they show off their determination and skill.
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Susan Shaffer
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Jefferson City, Missouri

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Softball Competitions

2014 Canada Summer Games

The Special Olympics 2014 Canada Summer Games was the largest Canadian Games ever. See results and teams.

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.

How to Get Involved in Special Olympics

Special Olympics sports training, coaching and competitions go on in more than 170 countries around the world. You can get involved by getting in touch with the closest Special Olympics office.

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The Special Olympics movement is profoundly grateful for the support of the Annenberg Foundation which has underwritten the production of the coaches’ guides and resources, supporting our global goals for coaches’ excellence.


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