Region A Basketball, Senior and High School Teams – CANCELLED
Be advised that due to forecasted inclement weather, the Special Olympics Illinois – Region A Basketball, Senior and High Schools Teams at Byron High School on Sunday, January 29th has been cancelled. This event will not be rescheduled. A lottery draw will take place to determine the teams who will qualify for State Basketball.
What is Team Basketball?
One of the most popular sports in Illinois, basketball provides competition for both teams and individuals. Five-on-five team competition is available in junior, high school and senior male (co-ed), along with senior female age groups. Individuals can compete in the basketball individual skills competition to develop basic basketball skills. Events include the target pass, 10-meter dribble and spot shot events.
Athletes in Illinois who participate in team competition, compete locally at a region qualifying event. Individual skills participants also compete locally in region qualifying events. Teams or individuals who win a gold medal are eligible to advance to the State Basketball Tournament, which is held in Normal in March.
Basketball Events Offered in Illinois
- Five-on-five team competition – Junior, high school and senior age groups
- Individual skills competition – Target pass, 10-meter dribble, spot shot
Region A basketball competition will be a qualifying competition for the State Basketball Tournament. Teams who receive a gold medal will qualify to compete at the State Basketball Tournament in March 2023.
We will have full use of the field house.
Registration will begin at 8:30 AM
Opening ceremony will be at 9:00 AM
Competition will begin at 9:30 AM
Please click here to register to volunteer.
Athletes should bring water and PPEs. Necessary equipment will be provided. Reminder to follow the athlete uniform requirements as stated in policies and procedures.
Awards will be given after divisions are completed.
Lunch will be provided to registered athletes and coaches. Concessions will be available.
To see a complete list of all state championship competitions, click here.
To find out more information about the Knights of Columbus, which supports Special Olympics Illinois throughout the year, click here.
Those who received a first place draw qualify to advance to the 2023 State Basketball Tournament March 10th – 12th . Entries will be due by 4:00 PM on Tuesday, February 7th. Please include all entries for Basketball, which could include Basketball Skills and Female Basketball along with game summaries for all games played to this point.
Entry paperwork can be found in the 2023 Policies and Procedures file here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1GJW7Qy3SjAXx9bjlfddxTVncfh2BkabB
All athletes must have a Medical that is valid through the date of competition or submit a completed Medical by the entry deadline. Please let me know if your team qualified, but will not be advancing to the State Competition.
Who We Are
Special Olympics is a global organization that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sport, every day around the world. Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition in 18 sports for more than 21,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and 9,000 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics transforms the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, allowing them to realize their full potential in sports and in life. Special Olympics programs enhance physical fitness, motor skills, self-confidence, social skills and encourage family and community support.
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Special Olympics Illinois is committed to providing the best athlete, volunteer, coach and supporter environment possible. While we are excited to resume in-person events, the health and well-being of our constituents remains our top priority. All of our in person events follow the COVID-19 recommended IDPH and CDC guidelines.
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