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Basketball is a favorite sport among our athletes. Players take it up at all ages and at all abilities, from young players learning to handle the ball to older, more experienced players who have the moves and know the strategies to play challenging ball.

Basketball is the largest sport in Area 26, and one of the largest in Virginia.  

Our season runs from November to the end of March, and we have several tournaments, beginning in January, and culminating in our own separate State Championships

Note:   Athletes must also  have current medical forms on file.

Coordinator:  Elaine Tilton

Contact the Basketball Coordinator

Special Olympics Basketball Rules

Many of the rules for Basketball in Special Olympics are the same as High School (VHSL) and College, but there ARE some differences.  Teams consist of up to 10 players at the Regional and State level of play.  Area 26 allows 12 on a roster for local tournaments and practices.  Click the box for the Rules manual.  

Season Schedule

Practices are under way.


Basketball events occur throughout the Area.  Practice and game locations are provided by the coaches as they are finalized.

Specific tournament sites can be found on their schedule pages.  These will be published as they are made available.

Tournament Events

January 7, 2023

Louduon Invitiational

Loudoun CountySites TBD

January 22, 2022

Area 26 Tournament

Area 26 Sites TBD

January 29, 2023

Area 26 Invitational

Area 26Sites TBD

February 19, 2023

Area 26 State Games Warmup Tournament

Area 26 Sites TBD

March 4, 2023

SOVA State Games

Stafford VA, Sites TBD

2020 State Championships

The Big Event took place March 6th and 7th. 

Hit the button for all of the teams and highlights!!

End of Season Tournament

Some shots from around the tournament sites

PVI Clinic

Paul VI hosted their final clinic at their current location in Fairfax on Feb 1.

17 Teams participated in this gym-filling day of fun training and skill development. 

Sincerest thanks to the staff and athletes of PVI for a terrific day on the court.

PVI Clinic Action

PVI Finale

Athlete Ace puts the ball where it belongs - with finesse...

Area 26 State Qualifier Tournament

Some of the action and teams...

Just a "drop in the bucket"...

From half court...                   At the buzzer...

Eagles Gold scores an incredible three-point play at the halftime closeout

at South Lakes HS, during the Area 26 State Qualifier Tournament

Basketball Photo Gallery

Action shots and basketball teams 

Area 26 BBall Teams at tournaments and events around the region...

Area 26 Wizards Team

Wizzards Event

Team at the ready

Coach Alina and the Wizards Cheerleaders

Wizards Invitational

Wizard Coaches

GM Kyler Reese with Wizard John Wall

GM Kyler advocating for Spread the Word to End the "R"  Word at the Wizards Event.

GMU Green Machine

and More of the Titans.  Hayfield rocks!!

Titans at the Hayfield Clinic...

Area 26 Friends at the Basketball Championships