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Upper Arlington Special Olympics

Sports

Upper Arlington Special Olympics has a wide variety of sports for athletes. 

An overview of each sport is provided here. 

Please sign-in and register to participate, in order to receive updated information on days, times, and locations for practices and games.  Please note, only programs that are open for registration will be displayed

Volunteers help make these activities a great experience for the athletes. Please consider volunteering!!

Basketball Skills
Who: All UASO Athletes 
What: Develop/improve dribbling, passing, shooting skills, and learn game fundamentals necessary to compete on a team. Scrimmages to improve team building skills. For those athletes who prefer a less intensive basketball experience without the constant running required in a regular game. 
Where: Burbank School
When: Fridays 4:30-5:30 PM, November through March 

Things to know:
Bring a water bottle. Wear comfortable clothes for movement and tennis shoes. A Jersey will be provided and will be collected at the end of the season. Jersey's can be worn to practice and to tournaments. Basketball skills athletes participate in two tournaments, The Area 6 local meet and the State tournament. Athletes participation in the tournaments is optional, however participation in the Area 6 meet is required in order to qualify for participation in the State tournament in March. Athletes participate in dribbling short distances, shooting baskets from pre-determined positions, and a basketball throw and catch skill at a target. Athletes are scored on each skill and place based on their combined total. The Area 6 tournament takes place on a Saturday morning in February, usually at a Hilliard School.

School Age Basketball
Who: Athletes 8-21 years old  
What: Team activity with practices twice a week. Participate in Home and Away games. 
W
here: Practices are held at available UA school gyms. Home games are played at a UA school gym. Away games are at other schools in surrounding communities. 
When: November through March. Practices are usually Friday and Sunday early evenings. Games are one or two times a week, usually weeknight evenings and Saturdays.
Things to know:   
Bring a water bottle. Wear comfortable clothes for practice and tennis shoes. A Uniform will be provided for games and will be collected at the end of the season. Team bus transportation is provided to away games with families transporting athletes home from the away game. The School Age Basketball team participates in a local tournament usually held in February at a Columbus area school. The State tournament is held in March.   Final venues change each year.


Adult Basketball
WhoAthletes 22 years and older  
What: Team activity with practices twice a week. Participate in Home and Away games. 
Where: Practices are held at available UA school gyms. Home games are played at a UA school gym. Away games at other schools in surrounding communities. 
When: November through March. Practices are usually Friday and Sunday early evenings. Games are one or two times a week, usually weeknight evenings and Saturdays.
Things to know: Bring a water bottle, and a towel. Wear comfortable clothes for practice and tennis shoes. Remember to wear a strap for your glasses, a mouth guard is required, and remove ALL jewelry. A reversible jersey that can be changed immediately upon request will be provided for games, and will be collected at the end of the season.  Team bus transportation is provided to away games. Athletes are responsible for transportation home from the away game. The School Age Basketball team participates in a local tournament usually held in February at a Columbus area school. The State tournament is held in March. Final venues change each year. 

Cheer Squad
Who: All UASO Athletes 
What: Develop/improve cheer leading skills. Attend School Age or Adult Basketball games to Cheer! 
Where: Burbank School
When: Fridays 6:00-7:00 PM, November through March 
T
hings to knowBring a water bottle. Wear comfortable clothes for movement and tennis shoes.

Bowling
WhoAll UASO Athletes  
What: Team activity with "end of season" party at the bowling alley. no charge. 
Where: Ten Pin Alley in Hilliard
When: Sundays usually 4:30-5:30 PM mid-January through mid-April  
Things to know: Bring your own bowling ball or bowling shoes if you have them. If not they are available at the bowling alley at no cost.  There are two optional Area 6 tournaments. However, athletes must bowl in one of the tournaments to qualify for the State summer games bowling event in June. 

Soccer Skills 
WhoAll UASO Athletes
What: Develop/improve basic soccer skills in a noncompetitive environment
Where: Northam Park
When: Practice once a week 6:00-7:30 PM days vary, September through October  
Things to know: Bring a bottle of water. Wear comfortable clothes for practice and tennis shoes. Athletes can wear shin guards and soccer shoes if they wish.

Competitive Soccer Team 
WhoAll UASO Athletes with the ability to play competitive soccer with physical contact 
What: Fast and physical team sport
Where: Northam Park and West Central MRDD
When: Practice once a week at Northam Park, September through October. Play in a league games weekly at West Central MRDD. Practice and games times vary.
Things to know: Bring a bottle of water and a towel. Wear comfortable clothes for practice and tennis shoes.  Shin guards, soccer shoes, sport goggles, and a mouth guard are recommended.  Remember to wear a strap for your glasses and remove ALL jewelry.  A Uniform will be provided for games and will be collected at the end of the season.  The Soccer team participates in the Area 6 tournament at Thompson Park in early October.

Softball 
WhoAll UASO Athletes with a basic understanding of the game. Team consists of athletes and volunteers alternating every other person on the team.
What: Team activity usually with two weeknight practices and Saturday games, sometimes double or triple games 
Where: UA High School softball field on Brandon Road
When: Practice two weeknights and games on Saturday. June through September
Things to know: Bring a bottle of water. Wear comfortable clothes for practice and appropriate shoes, no sandals or flip flops. Bring your own glove for catching.   A team shirt will be provided for games and will be collected at the end of the season. Black shorts are needed for games.  There is a skills assessment before the season begins which offers athletes an opportunity to catch, throw, and have batting practice. Extra gloves are available for the assessment. The coach and coordinator will determine who is eligible to play based on the practices.

Swimming 
WhoAll UASO Athletes who are comfortable in the water  
What: Opportunity to swim in individual events and team relays
Where: UA High School Natatorium
When: Practice on Sundays from Noon-1pm, September through December 
Things to know: Bring a bottle of water, and a towel. Wear a swimsuit. Goggles and a swim cap are optional.  A UASO towel will be provided and be collected at the end of the season. A swim cap will be provided to those that need one.  Arrive at the pool just before practice to be ready to stretch and be assigned to a swim lane by the coach.  UA hosts the Area 6 Swim meet in November. There are optional swim meets in the area. Swimmers must compete in a swim meet to qualify for the State Swim Meet in December at OSU.

Track & Field 
Who: All UASO Athletes 
What: Opportunity to participate in individual events and team relays; including tennis, bocce, running a variety of distances, long jump, softball throw, and relay races.  
Where: Practices at Grandview High School track.
When: Practices are Wednesdays 6:30-8:00 PM, April through June 
Things to know: Bring a water bottle. Wear comfortable clothes for practice and good tennis shoes. Sunscreen is recommended. A Jersey will be provided and will be collected at the end of the season. Jersey's can be worn to practice and to tournaments.  Track athletes participate in three tournaments. Athletes participation in the tournaments is optional, however participation in one of the Area 6 meets is required in order to qualify for participation in the State summer games tournament at OSU in June.  The Area 6 track meets are usually the first Sunday in May at Dennison University and the second Saturday in May at Whetstone High School.  Athletes have the opportunity to stay in the dorms on campus at OSU during the State summer games tournament weekend. Parents and volunteers will chaperon. Parents organize potluck tailgates for the track meets as the event lasts from 9am to 4pm.

Tennis 
Who: All UASO Athletes 
What: Opportunity to participate in individual events and doubles.  
Where: Practices at Thompson or Hastings Tennis courts. 
When: Practices are Monday or Wednesdays 6:00-7:00 PM, April through June 
Things to know: Bring a water bottle. Wear comfortable clothes for practice and good tennis shoes. Sunscreen is recommended. Athletes participation in the tournaments is optional, however participation in one of the Area 6 meets is required in order to qualify for participation in the State summer games tournament at OSU in June.