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


julio 24, 2014 | Latin America: Mexico

El Equipo Unificado de Softbol de Olimpiadas Especiales México juega junto a sus héroes del béisbol

By Paola Martinelli

Jugadores de béisbol unificados de Olimpiadas Especiales México tuvieron la oportunidad de jugar y demostrar sus mejores habilidades junto a sus héroes del béisbol de los Diablos Rojos de México.View Story Jugadores de béisbol unificados de Olimpiadas Especiales México tuvieron la oportunidad de jugar y demostrar sus mejores habilidades junto a sus héroes del béisbol de los Diablos Rojos de México. Durante el juego Japhet Amador fue el lanzador, Hans Wilson fue el receptor mientras que Efron y Rocco, la mascota, corrieron mano a mano con los atletas de Olimpiadas Especiales alrededor del campo de juego. Después del juego, los atletas de Olimpiadas Especiales le pidieron a los jugadores quefirmen sus camisetas e inmediatamente después los jugadores de beisbol profesional le permitieron a los atletas que firmen sus camisetas. Este evento fue posible gracias a la iniciativa Banamex Home Runs que apoya proyectos locales y organizaciones sin fines de lucro. Cada año, los grandes partidos de los Diablos Rojos del México y Guerreros de Oaxaca se filman y se convierten en donaciones Fomento Social Banamex y la Fundación Alfredo Harp Helú, para apoyar los proyectos de las instituciones sociales en el estado de Oaxaca, la ciudad y el área metropolitana de México Ciudad.

About Paola Martinelli:Directora Nacional de Comunicación y Mercadotecnia Asesora Regional del Comite de Deporte Unificado
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agosto 28, 2013 | Latin America: Mexico

México conquista la plata en Internacional de Softbol

By Paola Martinelli

Equipo mexicano de softbol

México obtuvo el segundo lugar y medalla de plata del Torneo de Softbol de Olimpiadas Especiales en Nueva Jersey, luego de caer en el partido por el primer lugar de su división T-2 ante Carolina del Norte, en un juego apretado que se decidió en la última entrada.View Story México obtuvo el segundo lugar y medalla de plata del Torneo de Softbol de Olimpiadas Especiales en Nueva Jersey, luego de caer en el partido por el primer lugar de su división T-2 ante Carolina del Norte, en un juego apretado que se decidió en la última entrada. Los atletas sonorenses estuvieron a sólo tres outs de llevarse la victoria, sin embargo, en la quinta y última entrada, Miguel Ávila regaló cuatro bases por bola que se sumaron a los batazos de los jugadores de Carolina del Norte quienes hicieron 6 carreras en ese inning.Nos llevamos la experiencia de la participación, el que los muchachos han logrado conocer sobre todo sus habilidades y demostrar que ellos pueden tener logros en el aspecto deportivo y en el individual, como personas independientes”, dijo Aída Guadalupe Dávila Elías González, Directora Ejecutiva de Olimpiadas Especiales Sonora.

About Paola Martinelli:Gerente Nacional de Comunicaciones y Mercadotecnia
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agosto 21, 2013 | Latin America: Mexico

Un reconocimiento a su esfuerzo

By Paola Martinelli

Marco Antonio Beaven Ciapara

Marco Antonio Beaven Ciapara fue convocado al selectivo mexicano que participará en la Olimpiada Especial que se celebrará en Nueva Jersey.View Story Marco Antonio Beaven Ciapara fue convocado al selectivo mexicano que participará en la Olimpiada Especial que se celebrará en Nueva Jersey. El reconocido atleta porteño recibe una vez más el reconocimiento por parte de las autoridades deportivas nacionales por sus máximos logros en las distintas justas deportivas dentro del deporte adaptado, y sin lugar a dudas aportará su experiencia y pasión en la defensa de los colores nacionales.El jugador que desde el 2005 a la fecha ha logrado un total de 12 preseas doradas en las competencias estatales y 7 en nacionales.Si algún atleta especial guaymense ha destacado sobre manera en estos últimos años en eventos estatales y nacionales, ese es Marco Antonio Beaven Ciapara quien ha aprovechado bien las oportunidades que le han brindado las autoridades deportivas municipales y estatales. “Me siento contento por la confianza que me han dado para poder integrarme al selectivo nacional de softbol, creo que lo estamos haciendo de buena manera

About Paola Martinelli:Gerente Nacional de Comunicaciones y Mercadotecnia
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Softball Events


Date

Event

Location

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

sep 26 - 28 2014

State Fall Games

Nearly 1,800 Special Olympics Michigan athletes from all across the state will converge on southeast Michigan for the inaugural Special Olympics Michigan State Fall Games, September 26-28. Athletes will compete in Flag Football and Cycling at the Chrysler Proving Grounds in Chelsea, Soccer at Independence Park in Canton, Softball at the Canton Softball Complex, and Golf at Eagle Crest Golf Course in Ypsilanti. Olympic ice dance champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White will be a part of the Opening Ceremony on Friday, September 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the Marriott Ann Arbor Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest. Along with winning gold at the 2014 Olympics, the pair captured silver at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver and were World Champions in 2011 and 2013. This past spring, the Michigan natives competed against each other on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars where Davis teamed up with professional dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy to win the Mirror Ball Trophy. In addition to athletic competition there will also be a Young Athletes Festival for children ages 2-7 with intellectual disabilities and a Healthy Athletes Village where athletes will receive free health screenings.
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See Schedule of Events
Aaron Mills
Email:aaron.mills@somi.org
Phone:(989) 774-4393
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Marriott Ann Arbor Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest
1275 S Huron St,

Ypsilanti, Michigan
UNITED STATES

septiembre 27, 2014

Special Olympics Idaho Area 3-4 Fall Invitational

Join us on September 27th for the Area 3-4 Fall Invitational. Sports will include: Unified, soccer, bocce, golf, and softball. Softball and bocce will be hosted at Ann Morrison Park, soccer will be hosted at Nampa Job Corp and golf at Ridgecrest golf course.
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Jenifer Gardner
Email: JENNIFER@IDSO.ORG
Phone:208-859-8198
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Area 3-4 Fall Invitational
Various Venues

Nampa, Boise , Idaho
UNITED STATES

dic 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

may 6 - jul 6 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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Mike Czarnowsky
Email:mczarnowsky@somd.org
Phone:410-242-1515
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Towson University
8000 York Ave

Towson, Maryland
UNITED STATES

jul 24 - feb 8 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. See results and teams.


2014 USA Games

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



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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