Region E Tennis – Individual Skills Competition
What Is Tennis?
A lifetime leisure sport, tennis provides athletes the opportunity to learn and perform a variety of sports skills. Tennis competition is offered in singles and doubles at various ability levels ranging from traditional tennis to Individual Skills Competition to develop basic tennis skills. Athletes also have the opportunity to compete with their non-disabled peers in Unified doubles.
As in all Special Olympics sports, athletes are grouped into competition divisions according to ability level, age and gender when appropriate.
Athletes in Illinois who participate in tennis compete locally at Region events. They are then eligible to advance to state championships at the State Tennis Championships held in Frankfort in August.
Tennis Events Offered in Illinois
- Match Play (singles and doubles)
- Short Court Match Play (singles and doubles)
- Individual Skills Competition (Forehand Volley, Backhand Volley, Forehand Ground Stroke, Backhand Ground Stroke, Serve Deuce Court, Serve Advantage Court, Alternating Ground Strokes)
- Unified Match Play (doubles)
Any adaptations or modifications must be approved by the Director of State Competitions at
the beginning of the 8 week training period or earlier if possible. The purpose of the Individual Skills competition is to allow athletes to train and compete in basic tennis skills and allow participation for athletes with equipment or mobility assistance devices that, for safety reasons, cannot participate in match play. Seven events comprise the Individual Skills Competition: Forehand Volley, Backhand Volley,
Forehand Groundstroke, Backhand Groundstroke, Serve-Deuce Court, Serve-Advantage
Court, and Alternating Groundstrokes. The athlete’s final score is determined by adding together the scores achieved in each of these seven events. Athletes must attempt to complete all skills to receive an award. Athletes must complete each skill independently without assistance. Athletes will not be
able to participate at any level of competition if they have a zero total score submitted as an
entry score. Athletes will be pre-divisioned according to their total scores from these seven events.
Athletes will compete using a red felt ball on a 42’ court. Serves will be taken from the
service line instead of the base line.
The competition will be taking place on the eight tennis courts in the back of the school. There is plenty of parking on the school lot. There will be access to bathrooms on site.
Volunteer Check In: 9:00 AM
Team Check in / Volunteer Training: 9:15 AM
Opening Ceremony: 9:50 AM
Staging: 9:55 AM
Competition begins: 10:00 AM
- Appropriate athletic attire/uniforms (see rules for specific information)
- Be prepared for the weather, this is an outdoor event (sunscreen, extra layers, etc)
Age groups and divisions will be determined based on the number of entries received by the registration deadline.
An athletes final score is determined by adding together the scores achieved in each of the 7 events.
A snack and water will be provided to all registered and approved athletes and coaches.
Who We Are
About Special Olympics Illinois
Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit sports organization offering year-round training and competition in 18 sports to a community of more than 55,000 traditional athletes, Young Athletes, Unified partners, coaches, volunteers, and more. It strives to be a global leader in shaping a culture where people with and without intellectual disabilities are fully integrated into the community by providing year-round opportunities in competitive sports, health education, leadership and personal development.
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