Basketball was first contested in 1968 at the first Special Olympics Games in Chicago, Illinois. Basketball events combine both team and individual skills competitions. Basketball is a summer sport and training season is usually from January to June.

Details for Delaware County Program

***Delaware County typically hosts 2 separate basketball trainings (Tuesday and Sunday). All athletes are welcome to participate in both (or just one). Please see details below on each training location.***

TUESDAY TRAINING - MULTIPLE

SOPA Season: Spring/Summer (Jan – Jun)

Head Coach: Gene Delaney

What to Expect: Basketball teams consist of 5v5, 3v3, and skills. 2021 training will be skills only.

Training Specifics: Due to limits on the amount of participants, Coach Gene and his staff will be hosting two (2) outdoor training sites. One group will train at Merwood Park in Havertown, while the other will train at Rocky Run YMCA in Media. Typically, training for basketball starts in January and runs through June, but we will be starting in May and running through July in 2021 due to Covid.

Competition Dates: Typically competes in Delco Invitational, Eastern Spring Sectional, and Summer Games. Will hopefully get back to competition in 2022.

Equipment: We will provide all the required equipment.

Uniform Requirements: We will provide athletes with a basketball uniform. Athletes are responsible for all other athletic apparel. Sneakers must be worn.

** PUSHED TO 2022** Sunday Training - Garnet Valley MS (Glen Mills)

SOPA Season: Spring/Summer (Jan – Jun)

Head Coach: Barry Mahler

What to Expect: Basketball teams consist of 5v5, 3v3, and skills.

Training Specifics: **PUSHED TO 2022** Typically held on Sunday afternoons at Garnet Valley Middle School (Glen Mills). Start date typically mid January.**

Competition Dates: Historically, our Sunday program has not competed, but we are hoping to get athletes out to competitions in the near future!

Equipment: We will provide all the required equipment.

Uniform Requirements: We will provide athletes with a basketball uniform. Athletes are responsible for all other athletic apparel. Sneakers must be worn.

**IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS** 

ALL athletes must have a current medical (on Special Olympics PA medical form) that runs through the end of the season. If the athlete medical is not up-to-date, athletes WILL NOT be able to participate. Unfortunately, there are no exceptions to this rule since it poses a safety risk to the entire program. An up-to-date medical must always be on file with the coach as well as sent to register.sopadelco@gmail.com. To download a copy of medical application, check our resource page. To check on medical expiration date, please go here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1gZlc7Rupri51R_2SAgbVRI8DwrOVf2nDOvmssWKBXfo/edit#gid=0

ALL athletes must attend at least 8 trainings and participate in qualifiers to be eligible to compete in State Games (Summer Games/Fall Festival/Indoor Winter Games).

ALL athletes can participate in multiple sports during the same season, but must declare a primary sport for State Games (Summer Games/Fall Festival/Indoor Winter Games).