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 hosts 2 separate basketball trainings (Tuesday and Sunday). Tuesday training takes place in Marple and is held at night. Sunday training takes place in Glen Mills and is held in the early afternoon. All athletes are welcome to participate in both (or just one). Please see details below on each training location.***

TUESDAY TRAINING - Gauntlett Center (Marple)

SOPA Season: Spring/Summer (Jan – Jun)

Head Coach: Gene Delaney

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

Training Specifics: Tuesdays from 6-8pm at Gauntlett Center in Marple. Start date in mid January. On three (3) occasions, we train off-site at Episcopal Academy, Haverford College, and Cabrini University.

Competition Dates: (1) Delco Invitational @ Widener University in April. (2) Eastern Spring Sectional @ Kutztown University in May. (3) Summer Games @ Penn State in June. Athletes participating in Summer Games will be housed for 2 nights in dormitories, along with coaches, at a ratio of 4 athletes per coach.

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.

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: Sundays from 1-245pm at Garnet Valley Middle School (Glen Mills). Start date in mid January. Please not that the front doors of the middle school will be locked. You need to park and enter at the rear of the middle school, near the school bus parking area using the doors closest to the “old gym”.

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).