Softball

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.
Softball

About This Page

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 17 - Aug 20
    Special Olympics North America Softball Championship
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    Thu Aug 17 - Sun Aug 20, 2017
     
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    2 venues
    USA

    Special Olympics North America Softball Championship

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    Thu Aug 17 - Sun Aug 20, 2017
     

    More than 400 athletes and Unified partners comprising 28 teams from throughout the United States and Canada will be competing in the sport of softball in Special Olympics traditional team and Unified Sports (people with and without intellectual disabilities playing as teammates) formats.


    Venue(s)
    location
    Clem Kelly Softball Complex
    517 W. Arbor Ave
    Bismarck, North Dakota
    USA
    All competition will take place here.
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    Municipal Ballpark
    303 W. Front Ave
    Bismarck, North Dakota
    USA
    Location for Opening Ceremony, Parade of Athletes, concert and fireworks display.
  • Oct 20 - Oct 22
    State Fall Classic
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    Fri Oct 20 - Sun Oct 22, 2017
     
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    Carencro
    Louisiana
    USA

    State Fall Classic

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    Fri Oct 20 - Sun Oct 22, 2017
     

    This is an event for all Areas. Male and female athletes from across the state. Join us October 20-22 at Pelican Park and Robicheaux Center in Carencro, Louisiana as our athletes compete and show their skill in aquatics, horseshoes, and softball competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. Sign up today to play, coach, or volunteer for this event.


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    Venue(s)
    location
    Pelican Park/Robicheaux Center
    Carencro, Louisiana
    USA
  • May 11 - May 13
    South Carolina State Summer Games
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    Fri May 11 - Sun May 13, 2018
     
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    Columbia
    South Carolina
    USA

    South Carolina State Summer Games

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    Fri May 11 - Sun May 13, 2018
     

    Special Olympics South Carolina hosts more than 1400+ athletes, unified partners and coaches for the State Summer Games at the largest army training base in the country. Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina hosts the event with competition opportunities in aquatics, athletics (track & field), bocce (over 21 years old), bowling (under 21 years old), gymnastics and softball.


    Contact information
    Venue(s)
    location
    Ft. Jackson – Columbia
    Strom Thurmond Blvd.
    Columbia, South Carolina
    USA
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  • Mar 14 - Mar 21
    2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games
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    Thu Mar 14 - Thu Mar 21, 2019
     
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    Zayed Sports City
    Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates

    2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games

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    Thu Mar 14 - Thu Mar 21, 2019
     

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, will be the host of the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games. The Games will be held 14 to 21 March in 2019. The Games will span seven days of competition. About 7,000 athletes from more than 170 countries are invited to attend. The Games will feature competition in 24 sports.


    Venue(s)
    location
    Opening Ceremony

    Zayed Sports City Stadium
    Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates
    Zayed Sports City Stadium, is an iconic multi-purpose stadium located in Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. It is the largest stadium in the UAE with more than 43,000 seats.