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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

  • Aug
    06
    Unified Softball Tournament
    Aug 06, 2016
    09:00 AM - 08:00 PM
    North Kingstown
    Rhode Island
    Unified Softball Tournament

    On Saturday, August 6th, the Unified Softball Tournament will be held at Ryan Park in North Kingstown. 360 athletes and unified partners from 18 teams will be participating in the final competition of this summer sport.

    For more information
    Contact: Chris Hopkins
    Email: chris@specialolympicsri.org
    Phone: (401) 349-4900

    Aug 06, 2016
    09:00 AM - 08:00 PM
    Ryan Park
    North Kingstown, Rhode Island
    UNITED STATES
  • Aug
    13
    Southwest Regional Softball Tournament
    Aug 13, 2016
    09:00 AM - 04:30 PM
    Rockford
    Michigan
    Southwest Regional Softball Tournament

    For the second year in a row Special Olympics Michigan will be hosting our Southwest Regional Softball Tournament in Rockford at the Art Van Sports Complex. The event is scheduled to take place on Saturday August 13th with competition beginning at 9:00 am. Volunteer Registration is currently open as we are looking to fill the following positions: Scorekeepers, Scoreboard Operators, Field Managers, Umpires, Catchers Assistance, Skills Contest and Medical. Volunteer positions are available from 9:00am - 4:30pm; all day and half day time slots can be accommodated. For more information on our Southwest Regional Softball Tournament, or to volunteer, please contact Nick Caudle, SOMI Manager of Sports & Training.

    For more information
    Contact: Nick Caudle
    Email: caudl1n@cmich.edu

    Aug 13, 2016
    09:00 AM - 04:30 PM
    Art Van Sports Complex
    3300 Ten Mile Rd.
    Rockford, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • Sep
    11
    Metro Regional Soccer & Bocce Tournament
    Sep 11, 2016
    08:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    Olathe
    Kansas
    Metro Regional Soccer & Bocce Tournament

    Join us September 11 at Lone Elm Park in Olathe, Kansas as our athletes compete in the Metro Regional Soccer & Bocce Tournament. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.

    For more information
    More Details
    Contact: Chris Burt
    Email: burtc@ksso.org
    Phone: 913-789-0337

    Sep 11, 2016
    08:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    Lone Elm Park
    21151 W 167th St
    Olathe, Kansas
    UNITED STATES
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