Region I Volleyball
What is Volleyball?
Volleyball provides the opportunity for athletes to learn the sports skills of the game as well as working with others. Individuals who wish to participate in volleyball can compete in the individual skills competition to develop basic volleyball skills. Athletes also have the opportunity to compete with their non-disabled peers on teams in Unified volleyball.
As in all Special Olympics Illinois sports, athletes are grouped into competition divisions according to ability level, age and gender when appropriate.
Individuals and teams in Illinois who participate in volleyball compete locally at region qualifying events. They are then eligible to advance to State Championships at the Fall Games held in Rockford in October.
Volleyball Events Offered in Illinois
- Team volleyball
- Modified team volleyball
- Unified team volleyball
This event is a team competition with the teams placed into divisions and scheduled to play at certain times. Teams consist of traditional, modified and Unified divisions.
Please check back closer to the event for more information.
9 AM – Registration
10 AM – Games start
10:45 AM – Opening Ceremonies
11:15 AM – Games resume
12:00 AM – Lunch
Please check back later for more information.
Teams should bring their own water bottles, wear uniforms, and bring knee pads. No jewelry or medals/ribbons should be worn during competition.
Awards will be presented once the divisions have completed their matches.
Lunch and water will be provided for all registered athletes and coaches and all day volunteers.
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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 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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