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
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.
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.
End of Season Tournament
Some shots from around the tournament sites
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.
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...