Region I Basketball Skills
All participants should self-screen prior to arriving at this event and should remain home if feeling unwell or displaying coronavirus symptoms.
All athletes, coaches and spectators are required to wear a mask while inside the basketball facility regardless of vaccination status. All athletes and Unified Partners are required to wear a mask indoors while they are competing.
Unless fully vaccinated, participants who are medically able should continue to wear a mask at outdoor venus the majority of time while at Special Olympics Illinois activities.
Athletes and Unified Partners do not have to wear a mask while competing in outdoor competitions.
Vaccination is not required to attend in person events.
Special Olympics Illinois will not be providing masks. Athletes and coaches must bring their own.
SOILL will have hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes/spray and other cleaning/sanitizing products on-site.
Please check with your Region staff on the status of spectators attending competitions. The decision on allowing spectators is based on the facility being used for the competition, the rules they have and the amount of people above the number of registered athletes and coaches they can safely accommodate. It is very important you relay to all parents and guardians if spectators will be allowed at this competition.
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.
Please review the COVID High-Risk fact sheet for more information:
What is Basketball Skills?
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 (Coed) and 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 Championships held in Normal in March.
Basketball Events Offered in Illinois
- 5-on-5 Team Competition – Junior, High School and Senior age groups
- Individual Skills Competition – Target Pass, 10 Meter Dribble, Spot Shot
Individual Skills – All athletes will be given the opportunity to complete all 3 skills in their assigned division. Athletes will be scored and awards presented once the entire division has completed competition.
Leonhard Recreation Center has plenty of parking to the South East of the building. Restrooms and locker rooms will be available. Mask will be required to be worn by all participants and spectators.
9:00 a.m. Agency Registration
9:45 a.m. Opening Ceremonies
10:00a.m Competition Begins
1:00 p.m. Completion of Skills event (approximate end time)
Awards will be presented after each division completes all 3 skills
Please check back closer to the event for more information.
Athletes and coaches are encouraged to bring their own water bottles.
Awards will be presented once the division has completed all 3 skills.
Water will be provided, but we encourage athletes to bring their own water bottle. No concessions will be available.
To see a complete list of all State Championship Competitions, click here.
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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 23,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and 13,000 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.