Region J Basketball and Individual Skills

What Is 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

Developmental Events

  • Individual skills competition – Target pass, 10-meter dribble, spot shot

Competition Information

Skills: Each athlete will complete the skill stations and be scored/awarded based on their performance in their division.

Team: Each team will play two games in their division. Divisions are either two-, three-, or four-team. Teams will be awarded based on their finish in their division. Games typically run on time. Teams should be ready to take the floor prior to their scheduled game time.

Facility Information

Wesclin High School offers three courts in their gym. We also have access to the concession stand, the cafeteria for lunch and the stage for awards. Restrooms are on-site. Locker rooms will not be available. If needed, we will schedule games at Wesclin Middle School next door to the high school.

Event Details

Please check back closer to the event for more information.

Volunteer Information

Please check back closer to the event for more information.


Athletes should bring their own refillable water bottles. Teams need their own warm-up basketballs. Special Olympics Illinois will provide lunch with bottled water and/or Powerade.


Divisions will be created based on entry scores and team scores. Final team division will be sent to coaches prior to the event. Awards will be presented following the completion of each division. Awards are presented in the cafeteria on the stage. Trophies will be presented to the gold medal teams in the tournament.


Lunch, bottled water and Powerade will be provided at the cafeteria. Special Olympics Illinois is not responsible for dietary restrictions. A concession stand may be available in the gym lobby.

Special Guests

Special Olympics Illinois Athlete Leaders will be on-hand to help with key aspects of the event.

Supporting Documents

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.

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.

COVID Procedures

Unless a venue has specific COVID protocols in place, Special Olympics Illinois is following Illinois Department of Public Health and CDC COVID protocols and guidelines. Please refer to event specific information or website page (if applicable) to determine if the venue has any specific COVID protocols. 

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:



Feb 05 2023


9:00 am - 5:00 pm




Wesclin High School and Middle School
699 Wesclin Rd, Trenton, IL 62293
Steve Whitlatch


Steve Whitlatch
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