South Region Stars
An Amazing Team of Athletes, Family, and Friends
Basketball is one of the top sports at Special Olympics. Players take it up at all ages and at 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. As with all of our sports, basketball is structured so that athletes compete with other athletes of similar ability in equitable divisions. The South Region Stars has several teams to allow greater participation.
As basketball is a TEAM SPORT, be aware that once the teams are formed only those players who plan to participate in the scheduled tournaments will be able to participate. This allows the teams to practice together as a “team”, which is essential to competition. (We do this for all team sports now!) We look forward to another great season of practices and tournaments!
2019 BASKETBALL SEASON
This year’s season kicks off at Lincoln Center Elementary (357 9th Ave N, South St Paul, MN 55075) on March 27 for orientation and to get team assignments and practice locations. If you plan to participate this year, it’s important that you be there (or make arrangements). Make sure to bring your registration form and $25 payment to participate at state.
TIME and DATES and LOCATION
Wednesday, 6-8pm at Lincoln Center Elementary—you will be assigned a gym once teams are formed.
Athletes will be assigned to teams on a first-come, first-serve, first-paid basis – so you must pay the $25 fee in order to be placed on a team. If the fee isn’t included with your registration form, you will not be placed on a team until the fee is paid
WE NEED COACHES!
If we do not have enough volunteers, we will need to ask family, friends or staff to assist with our teams, providing us an ability to accommodate everyone who registers. If we do not receive this help as needed, we will need to limit the number of players!!
For safety purposes, athletes who are just beginning to play, are still learning, or have behavior problems MUST have a chaperone remain at the court throughout the practice.Athletes who are beginning players or who are still learning, MUST have their staff/parents stay at the field with them throughout the practice for safety reasons.
AREA AND STATE COMPETITIONS
The basketball teams participate in two competitions: the Area Meet and the State Competition. Athletes must participate in the Area Meet if they plan to advance to the State Competition.
AREA 12 TOURNAMENT
Saturday, April 27th
Hastings High School
200 General Sieben Dr
Hastings, MN 55033
Friday-Sunday, June 21-23
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
$25 registration fee
—Gold Team: Full Court – very competitive and experienced players
—White Team: Full Court – still competitive, yet at a slower pace.
—Blue and Red Teams: Half Court – not quite ready for Full Court yet.
—Basketball Skills: compete in shooting, passing, and dribbling only
Make sure you have an up-to-date application on file with Special Olympics of Minnesota We are unable cannot let athletes participate in practice or competition until this is completed. Click here for a link to the
If you plan to compete, make sure to review the dates with your calendar to ensure you don’t already have a conflict.
Complete the basketball registration form COMPLETELY. This provides us with important information.
Don’t forget to include a $25 registration fee for the state tournament (scholarships available). There is no fee to compete at area competitions.