• As a dominant sport in the Tar
Heel State, it should come as no
surprise that basketball is also
a mainstay for Special Olympics
North Carolina. Basketball is one
of the most popular sports, with
95 local programs offering it and
over 10,000 athletes training
throughout the state.
• For team competition, a screening round is held the
first day. Preliminary games are played in round-robin
format on the second day and final rounds held on the
third day at the state level.
• Based on qualifying information, athletes and teams
are put into divisions, which are competitive groupings.
Teams are in divisions of 3-4 teams, while skills divisions
can have as many as eight athletes.
All awards are given on the last day of
competition. Skills athletes must wait for
everyone in their division to complete
competition before places can be determined,
so there may be a delay since not all athletes
will finish at the same time. Teams will receive
awards as final games conclude.
What is Masters 3-on-3 competition?
Masters 3-on-3 is available for our more
senior athletes. Rules and timing are similar
to 5-on-5 competition, but the roster size
is smaller and played on a half court.
Only athletes are
allowed on the court
and coaches must stay
within the designated
Types of Competition:
Individual skills - athletes who are not ready for team
play are scored in shooting, dribbling and target pass
3-on-3 team – half-court play with three players a side
5-on-5 team – full-court play with a maximum of five
players a side
Do You Know…
How long is a basketball game?
For 3-on-3 teams
(Two) 10-minute halves with a running clock
Game ends if one team scores 20 points
For 5-on-5 teams
(Four) 8-minute quarters with a running clock
Follows N.C. High School Athletic Association rules