|Special Olympics North Carolina (SONC) first held state-level competition in volleyball in 1975 and 1976. It was not offered again at the state-level until 1982 when four teams competed. Pasquotank County represened SONC at the inaguarl Special Olympics USA National Games in 2006, and brought home the gold medal in the top division.
SONC offers four types of volleyball competition: individual skills, traditional, Unified and modified 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 volleyball are overhead passing, serving, and passing.
Athletes participating in traditional team, Unified team or modified team volleyball competition learn the fundamental skills of volleyball, appropriate social behavior and functional knowledge or rules enabling them to successfully participate in a traditional or modified game.
Traditional volleyball team competition is played on a regulation volleyball court with a traditional indoor leather volleyball.
Modified volleyball team competition is played on a regulation volleyball court but a lighter, larger volleyball. The service line is also moved closer to the net.
Unified Volleyball team competition is played on a regulation volleyball court bringing together people with intellectual disabilities (athletes) and people without intellectual disabilities (partners) on the same teams.
Competition and Skill Development Opportunities
UNC Chapel Hill Volleyball Clinic is offered to SONC athletes and features skills stations run by the members of the UNC Chapel Hill women’s volleyball team. Registration for this clinic will be made available in January.
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 the state-level competition featuring six sports and takes place in Raleigh the first weekend of June.
All forms must be submitted by the 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 volleyball sport development team, contact one of the members below or Andrea Stamm, SONC staff liaison.
In addition to the sport development team, these volunteers are able to conduct local sport specific training schools on behalf of SONC. Contact the clinician in your area if you would like to schedule a training (their county of residence is located under their name). For more information on becoming a certified clinician, contact Andrea Stamm.