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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.

Quizzes

Softball Events

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    10
    Acadiana Area Softball & Horseshoes Invitational
    сен 10, 2016
    09:30 AM - 12:00 AM
    Lafayette
    Louisiana
    Acadiana Area Softball & Horseshoes Invitational

    Join us 9/10/2016 at Brown Park in Lafayette, LA as our athletes compete and show their skill in Softball and Horseshoes competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. This is an event that is open for all unified softball teams, t-ball teams (traditional or unified), and horseshoes athletes from around the state. Horseshoes will be offered in singles, doubles, and unified doubles. Please contact terihagius@yahoo.com if you have any interest in joining this event.

    For more information
    Contact: Teri Hagius
    Email: terihagius@yahoo.com

    сен 10, 2016
    09:30 AM - 12:00 AM
    Brown Park
    Lafayette, Louisiana
    UNITED STATES
  • сен
    10
    2016 Bocce/ Softball Classifications
    сен 10, 2016
    08:30 AM - 02:00 PM
    Farmers Branch
    Texas
    2016 Bocce/ Softball Classifications

    The Special Olympics Texas: Greater Dallas Area Bocce and Softball Classification allows for individuals and teams to be evaluated in effort to create comparable and competitive brackets for the final tournament. Classification will be held at Oran Good Park (Field 4) in Farmers Branch, TX. The schedule is determined by the number of teams that register for the Bocce and Softball.

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    сен 10, 2016
    08:30 AM - 02:00 PM
    Oran Good Park
    13401 Ton Field Road
    Farmers Branch , Texas
    UNITED STATES
  • сен
    10
    2016 Area Softball Competition
    сен 10, 2016
    08:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    Canyon
    Texas
    2016 Area Softball Competition

    Area 16/Panhandle will host a Softball Competition on September 10, 2016 at Schaeffer Park located at West Texas A & M off WTAMU Rd. Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. and Opening Ceremonies will start 9:00 a.m.

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    сен 10, 2016
    08:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    Schaeffer Park
    West Texas A&M
    Canyon , Texas
    UNITED STATES
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