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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.


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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 17, 2015 | North America: Pennsylvania

Is It Time?

By Bobby's Mom (aka Kerri Wise)

Robert Wise May 2015

Those three questioning words are heard quite a bit in our home during the course of a season. Is it time to get ready for practice? Is it time to leave?View Story Those three questioning words are heard quite a bit in our home during the course of a season. Is it time to get ready for practice? Is it time to leave? If it were up to our athlete, he would be the first person at every practice and the last to leave. He lives to participate. Yes, he has the natural ability and desire to play well, but it much more than that. It is about being with his friends, his peers, his coaches that he looks up to the unified players as many he knows well because they have been with Special Olympics as long as he has. So "is it time?" Absolutely! He already has his soccer gear ready for practice to begin in August. Soon our county will announce the practice dates and we will begin counting down the days.

About Bobby's Mom (aka Kerri Wise):I am the mother of a wonderful, loving, caring and hard working son who has been involved in Special Olympics for 9 years. I can honestly say that he has enjoyed almost every minute of every practice, game, tournament and social activity he has participated in.
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January 08, 2015 |

Fan & Family member

By Dana Birch

I support Special Olympics for many reasons. The first reason on my list is the love of sports and how Special Olympics allows everyone to participate in a sport no matter what their challenges are.View Story I support Special Olympics for many reasons. The first reason on my list is the love of sports and how Special Olympics allows everyone to participate in a sport no matter what their challenges are. Secondly, I have a nephew in KC, Mo with special needs and he has participated in the swimming and is currently playing softball. Myself, brother and niece all play softball and this is a great way for Danny to play while his dad and sister coach. Thirdly, I manage a facility in Raleigh where the State Finals Softball tournament is held every year. The smiles I see on the athletes faces during the 2 day event is so heart warming. You can just feel the love and happiness through out the whole facility. Lastly, I volunteered in 1999 when the world games were in Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill. I helped in the transportation department and for 7 days I drove all different vehicles and had many different jobs picking up athletes, family members, delegation members. I LOVE SPECIAL OLYMPICS!!!!!!!!

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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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Softball Events


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Location

July 31, 2015

State Softball & Golf Tournament

Join us July 31st in Wichita Kansas as our athletes compete and show their skill in softball and golf competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Special Olympics Kansas
Phone:913-236-9290
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Wichita, Kansas
UNITED STATES

August 01, 2015

Northwest Region Softball Tournament

Want to experience Softball competition in its purest form? Come to Lynden, Washington August 1st to cheer on our athletes as they leave it all out there on the field. Be a fan of the Special Olympics and help us promote the joy of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Madison Goverde
Email:mgoverde@sowa.org
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Lynden, Washington
UNITED STATES

August 01, 2015

Softball Invitational

Join us August 1st in Danbury, Connecticut as our athletes compete and show their skill in softball competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Special Olympics Connecticut
Phone:203-230-1201
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Danbury, Connecticut
UNITED STATES

August 08, 2015

Softball Divisioning Tournament

Join us August 8th at Pregman Park in Wallingford, Connecticut as our athletes compete and show their skill in softball competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Special Olympics Connecticut
Phone:203-230-1201
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Pregman Park
Wallingford, Connecticut
UNITED STATES

August 08, 2015

State Softball Tournament

Join us August 8th in Keene, New Hampshire as our athletes compete and show their skill in softball competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Special Olympics New Hampshire
Phone:603-624-1250
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Keene, New Hampshire
UNITED STATES

August 09, 2015

Area 22 Softball Tournament

Join Area 22 (Saginaw and Shiawassee Counties) for an 8-team softball tournament at the Owosso Softball Fields on August 9. There will be two fields and first and second place winners will get trophies. The first place winners will potentially play under the lights as well. Admission is free for spectators. If you're interested in signing up your team, use the contact information below.
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Dan Tomlinson
Email:dtomlinson@indiantrails.com
Phone:989-494-9161
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Owosso Softball Fields
Owosso, Michigan
UNITED STATES

August 15, 2015

Northeast Area Softball Tournament

Join us August 15th in Watertown, South Dakota as our as athletes compete and show their skill in softball competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Special Olympics South Dakota
Phone:605-331-4117
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Watertown, South Dakota
UNITED STATES

August 15, 2015

Southwest Regional Softball Tournament

Join us on August 15th at Art Van Sports Complex in Rockford, Michigan for a day of softball competition. This annual event features teams from across the Southwest Region competing in Traditional, Unified and Coach Pitch Divisions. Opening Ceremonies will begin at 8:30 am with first pitch scheduled for 9:00 am.
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Nick
Email:caudl1n@cmich.edu
Phone:616-583-1202
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Art Van Sports Complex
3300 10 Mile Rd.

Rockford, Michigan
UNITED STATES

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 Kellie Murphy at murph4kj@cmich.edu
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Kellie Murphy
Email:murph4kj@cmich.edu
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Webinar
Mount Pleasant, Michigan
UNITED STATES

August 22, 2015

Black Hills Area Softball Tournament

Join us August 22nd at Star of the West in Rapid City, South Dakota as our athletes compete and show their skill in softball competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Special Olympics South Dakota
Phone:605-331-4117
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Star of the West
Rapid City, South Dakota
UNITED STATES

August 22, 2015

Regional Softball Tournament

Join us August 22nd at Drake Park in West Bloomfield, Michigan as our as athletes compete and show their skill in softball competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Ted Stern
Email:tstern9191@gmail.com
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Drake Park
6801 Drake Rd.

West Bloomfield, Michigan
UNITED STATES

August 22, 2015

Southaast Area Softball Tournament

Join us August 22nd at Sherman Park in Sioux Falls, South Dakota as our as athletes compete and show their skill in softball competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Special Olympics South Dakota
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Sherman Park
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
UNITED STATES

August 22, 2015

Southeast Area Softball Tournament

Join us August 22nd at Sherman Park in Sioux Falls, South Dakota as our athletes compete and show their skill in softball competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Special Olympics South Dakota
Phone:605-331-4117
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Sherman Park
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
UNITED STATES

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
Email:shaffer@somo.org
Phone:573-635-1660
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Frank White Sports Complex
Lees Summit, Missouri
UNITED STATES

Sep 25 - 27 2015

State Fall Games

The Fall Games offers a high profile, exciting event for approximately 1,700 Special Olympics Michigan athletes to showcase their skills in Flag Football, Soccer, Cycling, Softball and Golf. Flag Football at Chrysler Proving Grounds in Chelsea: Team Competition, Unified Teams, Skills Competition. Cycling at Chrysler Proving Grounds in Chelsea: Individual Events, Unified Teams. Soccer at Independence Park in Canton: 5, 7 and 11-a-side Team Competition; Unified Teams; Skills Competition. Softball at Canton Softball Complex in Canton: Team Competition, Unified Teams, T-Ball Competition, Skills Competition, Coach-pitch Demonstration. Golf at Eagle Crest Golf Course in Ypsilanti: 9 Hole Individual, Unified Teams, Skills Competition.
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Aaron Mills
Email:aaron.mills@somi.org
Phone:989-774-4393
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Independence Park, Chrysler Proving Grounds and Eagle Crest Golf Course
Canton, Chelsea and Ypsilanti, Michigan
UNITED STATES

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
Email:shaffer@somo.org
Phone:573-635-1660
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Jefferson City, Missouri
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. 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.


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