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Basketball State CompetitionS

Join us for the 2023 Winter Sport – Basketball Season

After a full season of practicing teams will compete at the following:

Mid-Season Qualifier – February 18 (Kent County Recreation Center)

State Tournament – March 18 + 19 (UD Bob Carpenter Center)

March 19 date tentative based on total number of teams competing


State Basketball Competition Information

Traditional: 5 v 5 full-court competition

Half-court: 3 v 3 half-court competition

Skills Competition: Basic, Standard and Advanced Skills

Teams are divisioned based on age and ability. 


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History + Facts

As one of the world’s most popular sports, basketball is a big favorite in Special Olympics and is incorporated into every U.S. program. The Basketball State Tournament includes teams from all five Areas and several school programs. A Jamboree takes place midseason and then the state tournament takes place at the University of Delaware Bob Carpenter Center, located on the UD athletic complex in Newark.

  • State Tournament games are officiated by high school referees who are members of IAABO Board 11.
  • The first basketball event nationally took place in 1968 at the inaugural Special Olympics Summer Games, held in Chicago.
  • More than 500,000 athletes participate in basketball worldwide.

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