• Softball was fi rst
introduced at the 1984
Special Olympics North
Carolina Summer Games.
Since then, the sport has
grown to over 20 local
programs training in softball.
• For team competition, a
screening round is held the fi rst day. Preliminary games
are played in round-robin format on the second day and
fi nal rounds held are 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 will receive
their award with their division as they
fi nish. Teams will receive awards as deciding
What is T-ball?
T-ball is modified from the game of softball
to transition athletes from individual skills
to team play. While T-ball competition is
not featured at Summer Games, some local
programs have teams training in this sport.
Only athletes and
are allowed on
the playing fi eld
and coaches must
stay within the
Individual Skills Stations:
Base running – athletes are timed on running all
Throwing – athletes throw the ball and the
greater the distance, the higher the points.
Fielding – athletes must catch a ground ball as it
is tossed to them by a volunteer.
Hitting – athletes will hit a ball off a tee; the
farther it goes, the higher the points!
Do You Know Your Softball
1. When you score in softball it is called a what?
2. What are the two types of softball team competition?
3. What is worn on a player’s head for protection?
ANSWERS: 1. RUN; 2. FAST PITCH AND SLOW PITCH; 3. HELMET