Special Olympics softball was introduced in 1983. Softball events combine both team and individual skills competitions. Softball is a summer sport and the training season is usually from March to June.
- Softball Resources – rules, coaching guides, fact sheets, etc.
Details for Delaware County Program
SOPA Season: Spring/Summer (Mar – Jun)
Head Coach: Ed Scarpignato
What to Expect: Slow pitch softball.
Training Specifics: Saturday’s from noon-2pm at Elwyn softball fields (Media) starting late March. We may train indoors at Elwyn’s Zier gym on a few occasions as well.
Competition Dates: (1) Eastern Spring Sectional @ Kutztown University in May. (2) 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: It is encouraged for athletes to bring their own glove, but contact the coach if that is an issue. We will provide all the required field equipment.
Uniform Requirements: We will provide athletes with a uniform. Cleats must be worn.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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).