Basketball is played during the Holiday Classic Season (September – December) in Special Olympics Hawaii. Athletes compete in Basketball competition at Regional tournaments (Oahu-wide and Neighbor Islands) to qualify for the Holiday Classic State Tournament in December.
Basketball is a favorite among Special Olympics athletes. It builds fitness, coordination, and teamwork. In addition to team competition, Special Olympics Basketball also offers individual skills competition to allow athletes to train and compete in basic basketball skills. The development of these key skills is necessary prior to advancing to team play. These events include target pass, ten-meter dribble and spot shot.
As in all Special Olympics sports, basketball teams are grouped in competition divisions according to the athletes’ and team’s ability level, age, and gender.
Basketball Team Competition
Basketball Individual Skills Competition