State Softball Championships

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What Is State Softball Championships?

State Softball is 1 of 13 state sports competitions. It is the championship level competition for those participating in team and individual skills softball. State Softball is a 2 day event usually held the second or third weekend of September in Springfield. The State Softball Tournament includes approximately 425 athletes, 140 coaches and 125 volunteers.

Additional activities include Healthy Athlete Initiatives, an Opening Ceremony, family registration, a family reception, a dinner and Victory Dance and souvenir sales. 2022 is the first year that the Lincoln Sports Complex will host the tournament. Softball became an official Special Olympics Illinois sport in 1977.

Competition Information

Softball teams come together from throughout the state for their final games at the State Softball Championships. All the teams have worked hard to get here, competing in numerous games throughout the year. In order to advance to the State Softball Championships teams must win gold at their Region Competition. Come on out and cheer them on to victory!

Individual Skills competition will also be offered where individuals will demonstrate their skills in base running, throwing, fielding and hitting. They will be competing against others within divisions for the best scores.

Young Athletes aged 6 and 7 will be invited to participate and showcase their talent! Young Athletes will have the opportunity to participate in Softball Individual Skills

Athletes may compete in Individual Skills competition or Team competition, not both.

Facility Information

Land of Lincoln Sports Complex has 5 softball fields.

Land of Lincoln Sports Complex

Event Details

All times listed below are tentative and subject to change once event specific schedules are determined.  For a final schedule please check the Supporting Documents section close to competition day.


  • Saturday, 10am – 5:30pm
  • Sunday, 8am – 3:30pm

Volunteer Information

Please click on the button below to register to volunteer.


Athletes are responsible for bringing their own softball bats, gloves and uniforms.

Opening Ceremony

Please check back closer to the event for more information.


Please check back closer to the event for more information.


Stop by the family registration area to receive your event packet and a raffle ticket for the FREE Raffle. Don’t forget to wear your credentials.  Hours are as follows:


  • 8:30am – 4:00pm      Saturday
  • 8:00am – 11:00am     Sunday

Victory Dance

Please check back closer to the event for more information.

Text Alerts and Event status Updates

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Awards will be given when each division is complete.


Lunch, water and concessions will be provided both days. Dinner will be provided on Saturday.

Supporting Documents

Hotel Information

To see a complete list of all State Championship Competitions, click here.

To find out more information about the Knights of Columbus, who support 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 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.


Sep 10 - 11 2022


8:00 am - 6:00 pm




Land of Lincoln Softball Complex
One University Plaza, MS Rec 2004, Springfield, Illinois 62703-5407
Nate Henry


Nate Henry
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