|The SONC softball program began modestly in 1984 when four teams participated for the first times at the Summer Games. The program has grown significantly since then, with both its numbers and popularity.
SONC offers two types of softball competition: individual skills and slow-pitch team.
Individual skills competition allows Special Olympics athletes to develop sports skills in a competitive format. This event is designed to serve as a stepping stone for athletes to become a member of a team as they master skills and learn team concepts. The indvidual skills offered for softball are base running, throwing, fielding, and hitting.
Athletes participating in traditional team competition learn the fundamental skills of softball, appropriate social behavior and functional knowledge or rules enabling them to successfully participate in a game. Slow-pitch team competition is played on a softball field, with modified base paths and pitching mounds for lower divisions.
Divisional Qualifiers are designed to division teams for the state-level event. Attendance and participation in a qualifier is mandatory for athletes and teams in order to advance to state-level competition.
SONC Summer Games is a state-level competition featuring six sports and held in Raleigh the first weekend of June.
While SONC does not offer Unified Sports competition for softball team, programs are welcome to assemble and train a Unified Sports Softball team and compete outside the state. Programs interested in these opportunities should contact Andrea Stamm.
All forms must be submitted by local program coordinator.
Qualifier Registration Forms
Summer Games Sport Registration Forms
Below are the sport-specific registration forms which must be submitted by the local program coordinator along with the remainder of the Summer Games registration. Click here for a full list of Summer Games registration forms.
For coaches’ use only – do NOT submit with registration.
Sport Development Team
These volunteers advise SONC staff regarding sport rule modifications, competition and also train coaches in their sport! For more information on the softball sport development team, contact one of the members below or Michael King, SONC staff liaison.