Basketball is a favorite sport among our athletes. Area 26 has both teams associated with high school programs and community teams for adults 22 years and older.  

Teams and Competitions are structured so that athletes compete with other athletes of similar ability in equitable divisions.

Most of our communiy teams have been together for a very long time, so new players wishing to join need to have  some skills on the court and a solid understanding of the game.  

We will assess new players at the start of the season to determine  if placement is possible and if there are openings.

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 Basketball State Championships

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

Coordinator:  Elaine Tilton

Contact the Basketball Coordinator

2024 Season Tournaments

You can sign up to volunteer in support of the season tournaments at our Volunteer Page (click the button...)

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

 Registration is Closed for 2024
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 6, 2024

Louduon Invitiational

Loudoun CountySites TBD

January 21, 2024

Area 26 Tournament

Area 26 Sites TBD

February 11, 2024

Area 26 State Games Warmup Tournament

Area 26 Sites TBD

February 24, 2024

SOVA State Games

Henrico County, Henrico Sports and Events Center

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 Finale

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

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

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