Basketball

Top Sport

Basketball is one of the top sports at Special Olympics. Players take it up at all ages and all abilities, from young players learning to handle the ball and keep it under control while dribbling to older, more experienced players who have the moves and know the strategies to play challenging ball.

It’s also one of the favorite sports for the Special Olympics Unified Sports initiative when players with and without intellectual disabilities form teams to play other unified teams. It’s a learning experience that’s also a lot of fun.

Resources

Provincial Sport Organization:  Basketball Alberta
Training and Coach Resources: Special Olympics International

Basketball Events

  • Teams

Number of Competitors and Coaches

Athletes: 90

Coaches and Mission Staff: 27

Teams: 10

Communities Competing

  • Calgary
  • Camrose
  • Edmonton
  • Lethbridge
  • St. Albert

Special Olympics Divisioning: Competitions with a Difference

In each division, the goal is to compose matches of athletes whose abilities and skills are close to one another.

Special Olympics sports competitions are based on the idea that athletes of all abilities should be given an equal chance of succeeding, whether it is a personal best or a gold medal.

Special Olympics calls this competition-level matching “divisioning.” It’s a fundamental rule at Special Olympics that athletes in competitions are matched up with others of the same gender, about the same age and most importantly, of about the same competitive ability.

Evening out by skill level and matching for age and gender makes Special Olympics events more exciting and meaningful for the athletes and the fans watching.

Divisioning is a two-stage process. Before each competition, a time, score or skill assessment is submitted for each athlete or team. For events that are not timed or measured, such as football and badminton, there is a series of short games between athletes or teams or an assessment of each athlete or team’s ability by a committee.. The divisions are then set up based on the information on each athlete’s skill level so that each set of competitors is closely matched.

Venue: Family Leisure Center

Venue For: Bocce, Powerlifting, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Info Booth, FLC Healthy Athletes.

 

Address: 2000 Division Ave N, Medicine Hat, AB T1C 1X9

Hours:
Monday 6AM–9PM
Tuesday 6AM–9PM
Wednesday 6AM–9PM
Thursday 6AM–9PM
Friday 6AM–8PM
Saturday 12–8PM
Sunday 12–6PM

Phone: (403) 502-8566

 

Medicine Hat Family Leisure Center

Bocce, Powerlifting, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Info Booth, FLC Healthy Athletes.

Address: 2000 Division Ave N, Medicine Hat, AB T1C 1X9

Hours:
Monday 6AM–9PM
Tuesday 6AM–9PM
Wednesday 6AM–9PM
Thursday 6AM–9PM
Friday 6AM–8PM
Saturday 12–8PM
Sunday 12–6PM

Phone: (403) 502-8566