5. Team Skills Basketball
This event provides meaningful competition for athletes with lower ability levels.
2000-2003 Official Special Olympics Summer Sports Rules
a) Two basketball (for women’s and junior division competitions, a smaller basketball which is
72.4 centimeters [28 1/2 inches] in circumference and between 510-567 grams [18-20
(ounces] in weight may be used as an alternative). Metric tape measure
b) Floor tape or chalk
c) Regulation basketball goal (a shorter goal which has its ring 2.44 meters [8’] above the floor
may be used for junior division competition)
d) Score sheets
a) Mark five spots around the floor, similar to a 2-1-2 zone defense with players positioned 4
meters (13’1 1/2”) apart from each other (see diagram).
b) Mark positions #5 two meters (6’ 6 3/4”) from a spot under the front of the goal’s ring.
c) Teams should submit a roster prior to the start of the game.
d) Teams should wear numbered uniforms or shirts.
a) The event director shall determine how many games should be played. Two five
member teams are positioned on opposite ends of the playing court. Only one team
shall conduct a round at a time.
b) The game is comprised of two halves consisting of five rounds each. Players will be given
one opportunity at each of the five positions during the half.
c) Each player on the first five-member team attempts to catch the ball and then throws it
accurately to the player stationed at the next position.
d) The official shall hand the ball to the player in position #1 to begin each round.
e) The player in position #1 throws the ball to the player at position #2. The player at position #2
throws the ball to the player at position #3. This sequential throwing rotation continues until
the ball reaches the player at position #5.
f) Athletes may pass the ball in any manner, but each player must pass in numerical sequence.
A bounce pass is allowed provided that there is only one bounce.
g) If the ball is thrown p