Region E Softball Competition
What Is Softball?
Slow pitch softball involves teams of 10 athletes each. Individuals who wish to play softball but do not have a team can participate in individual skills competition to develop basic softball skills.
As in all Special Olympic Illinois sports, athletes are grouped into competition divisions according to ability level, age and gender when appropriate.
Teams or individuals in Illinois who participate in softball compete locally at region qualifying events. Gold medal winners are eligible to advance to the State Softball Championships held in Springfield in September.
Softball Events Offered in Illinois
- Slow pitch team competition
- Individual skills competition (base running, throwing, fielding, and hitting)
All Special Olympics Illinois softball competitions abide by WBSC rules. Any modifications to these rules made by Special Olympics Illinois can be found in the linked rules interpretation:
There are six softball fields, with access to restrooms on-site. There is plenty of parking in the lot outside the football stadium.
Volunteer Check in: 7:00 AM
Team Check in / Volunteer Training: 7:15 AM
Report to field: 7:30 AM
Warm ups: 7:45 AM
8Competition Start: 8:00 AM
- Appropriate athletic attire / uniforms (see rule interpretations for specifics)
- Bats / Gloves / Helmets
- Be prepared for the weather, this is an outdoor event (sunscreen, extra layers, etc)
Teams will be placed in divisions prior to the event and will be awarded at the event. Teams who earn a gold medal will advance to the State Softball Competition.
A lunch will be provided for all registered and approved athletes and coaches.
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About Special Olympics Illinois
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