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2021 virtual basketball & cheerleading CHALLENGE

With continuing concerns over COVID-19 across the country, Special Olympics Kansas is offering an individual skills Virtual Basketball & Cheerleading Challenge!

This Basketball Challenge will allow teams to return to practice and competition, while keeping athletes in their home communities. Athletes can also participate and submit scores on their own. There will be no in-person competitions, but this virtual competitive event is open to all registered teams and athletes across Kansas. Competitions have been developed for athletes of all ability levels.

To close the Virtual Basketball Challenge, SOKS will be hosting “virtual” special events, most notably a Party on March 20, and Opening Ceremony on March 21. Both events will be aired on the Special Olympics Kansas Facebook page…be sure to tune in!

Practice guidelines And skills competition instructions

FOR LEVEL 1 AND LEVEL 2 BASKETBALL ATHLETES

Three events comprise this Individual Skills Competition: Free Throw Shooting, Full Court Dribble and Speed Shot. Athletes will be placed in a division according to their age and gender. The athlete’s final score for the Individual Skills Competition is determined by adding together the scores achieved in each of the three events.

FOR LEVEL 3 AND LEVEL 4 BASKETBALL ATHLETES

Three events comprise this Individual Skills Competition: the Target Pass, the Ten-Meter Dribble and the Spot Shot. Athletes will be placed in a division according to their age and gender. The athlete’s final score for the Individual Skills Competition will be determined by adding together the scores achieved in each of the three events. 

PRACTICE GUIDELINES FOR ALL ATHLETES

For teams interested in getting together to practice the skills and record scores, guidelines for doing so are contained in the document below. Please note that any county health guidelines should also be followed when considering doing in-person gatherings. Special Olympics Kansas encourages you to safely practice while minimizing health risks. 

Please use score sheet provided at the end of the document to submit final scores or use the online score reporting form

ONLINE SCORE REPORTING

All scores must be reported by March 8th to be entered for awards. An online form is below or a printable form is available in the instructions sheet above. 

Special Olympics Kansas is asking all athletes to complete the Virtual Special Smiles Self-Assessment Program. The self-assessment program is a way for athletes to have an educational experience that will also be fun for them! After athletes complete the VSSSAP independently, athletes will have the opportunity to attend a Zoom discussion on March 20, 2021, with SOKS clinical director, Doreen Eyler, to look at and discuss the overall results of the survey. Concluding the discussion, Doreen will be available to privately chat with any athlete for personal time. All athletes who complete the VSSSAP will be sent a pair of socks along with their Virtual Basketball Skills prizes! We hope to see you there!

Virtual Special Smiles Self Assessment Program: https://forms.gle/RjKxAGCKaSbDcrMc6

2021 CHEERLEADING EXHIBITION

All athletes are elligible and encouraged to send a 15 second cheerleading video. Video should include one cheer only, and athletes should wear their cheer uniform if possible. Props are allowed. All athletes who submit a video will receive a participation award. 

NEED A BASKETBALL?

If anyone needs a basketball to complete the skills, please reach out to Tim at rehdert@ksso.org,  SOKS will do it’s best to ship basketballs to any individual or group that requests them.  Our goal is to make completing the skills as easy as possible, so SOKS wants to make sure athletes that do not have access to their teams equipment can participate in the competition.

VIRTUAL STATE BASKETBALL & Cheerleading CELEBRATION

Save the Date!! Join us on March 20th and 21st for virtual celebrations!

  • Opening Ceremony
  • Skills Training
  • Awards Announcements
  • Special Smiles Informational Session
  • Party
  • More!

VIDEO RESOURCES

SHOOTING SKILLS

PASSING SKILLS

DRIBBLING SKILLS

Questions? Contact Tim Rehder (rehdert@ksso.org) or Krystin Guggisberg (guggisbergk@ksso.org).