• Special Olympics North
Carolina first held state-level
competition in volleyball in
1975. After a brief pause,
it made a comeback in 1982
and has been going strong
• 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 are 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 deciding games conclude.
What is Modified Team competition?
Teams are made up of all Special Olympics
athletes. The game is played with a larger,
yellow, lighter volleyball and the serve is
done from a ser vice line closer to the net.
Only athletes and
are allowed on the
court and coaches
must stay within the
Types of C ompetition:
Individual skills - athletes who are working on
skills for team play are scored in passing, overhead
passing, and serving
Traditional & Modified Team – all athletes
Unified Team – three athletes and three Unified
Partners must be on the court at all times
Unified competition brings people with and without
intellectual disabilities together on the same team.
Do You Know Your Volleyball
1. What is the name of the position that cannot participate
in offense (i.e. is a backrow specialist)?
2. Where was volleyball invented?
ANSWERS: 1. LIBERO; 2. MASSACHUSETTS