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Basketball is a one of the top sports at Special Olympics. Players take it up at all ages and at all abilities, from young players learning to handle the ball and keep it under control while dribbling to older, more experienced players who have the moves and know the strategies to play challenging ball. Basketball was first contested in 1968 at the first Special Olympics Games in Chicago, Illinois. Basketball events include both 3v3 and 5v5 team and individual skills competitions. Basketball is a summer sport and training season is usually from January to June.
Special Olympics Basketball offers a series of adaptations of FIBA rules that are optional when conducting team competitions. Some of these adaptations include adjusting the length of the game, allowing a player to take two steps beyond what is ruled by FIBA as traveling, allowing the free throw shooter 10 seconds to release the ball, enforcing a rule that allows only five seconds of closely guarded play in front court, and rewarding two free throws beginning with the seventh team foul in each half.
|Day||Start Date||Time||Location||Address||Site Contact|
|Tuesday||Northeast H.S Gym||7362 Algon Ave||Stacy Plumbo|
|Wednesday||Northeast H.S. Gym||7362 Algon Ave||Rosemary Duffy|
|Fridays||Cecil B. Moore Rec Center||2251 N 22nd St||Myra Ausberry|
|Fridays||Finley Rec Center||7701 Mansfield Ave||Tameka Holman|
|Saturdays||Eat Passyunk Community Center||1025 Mifflin Street||Michelle Cordell|
Carousel House (Belmont & Ave of the Republic)
|4300 Avenue of the Republic||Beverly Liken|
**Training site recommended for all ages, but especially for younger athletes, ages 8-15 years
Athletes training for at least 8 weeks in our Spring/Summer sports are eligible to compete in these tournaments. Final dates to be added as venues are confirmed.