Special Olympics

THE FIRST TEACHER

 

As your childs' first teacher, you play a big part in how well your son or daughter does in school and athletics.

 

PARTNER WITH US

 

We invite you to work with our coaches to help athletes get all they can out of their growing years.

PARENT’S ROLE


Team Huron Valley provides a spectrum of program choices for people with intellectual disabilities or closely related developmental disabilities. Athletes train for a minimum of eight weeks before competing. Team Huron Valley provides opportunities in 15 different sports, please select a sport from the drop down below for more information.

Sports Offered

WHAT WE BELIEVE

 

THE coacheS, ADMINISTRATORS AND volunteers AT team huron valley special olympics ARE UNITED IN THEIR BELIEF THAT ALL CHILDREN and young adults are:

 

  • Provide year round sports training and athletic competition

  • Giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage

  • Experience joy and participate is sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympic athletes and the community
     

No two athletes have exactly the same skills or learning style. That’s why we create an individual learning plan for every athlete. Your plan will combine direct instruction, small-group work, and possibly one-on-one training in a way that works for your athlete.

  • Alpine Skiing - Open to middle school and above athletes

    Alpine skiing is an exciting winter sport that challenges the athlete’s downhill racing ability and coordination.

    As in all Special Olympics sports, athletes are grouped into competition divisions according to ability level, age and gender when appropriate.

    Alpine skiing was introduced as a sport in Illinois in 1975. Athletes in Team Huron Valley who participate in alpine skiing can compete at their local Alpine Qualifier. Athletes can then advance to the state competition held during the Winter Games in Traverse City in late January or early February.

    Alpine Skiing Events Offered in Team Huron Valley

  • Giant Slalom
  • Slalom
  • Super G (Downhill)


  • Aquatics - Open to all athletes

    Aquatics, which is considered a lifetime activity, is appropriate for a range of ages and abilities. Competition events are based on a variety of strokes.

    As in all Special Olympics sports, athletes are grouped into competition divisions according to ability level, age and gender when appropriate.

    Athletes on Team Huron Valley who participate in aquatics compete locally in a District Qualifier. Gold medal winners from the districts are then eligible to advance to the state level competition held at the Summer Games in Mt. Pleasant in late May or early June.

    Aquatics Events Offered in Team Huron Valley

  • Backstroke – 25, 50 and 100 Meter
  • Breaststroke – 25, 50, and 100 Meter
  • Butterfly – 25, 50 and 100 Meter
  • Freestyle – 25, 50, 100, 200 and 400 Meter
  • Individual Medley – 100 Meter (Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Freestyle)
  • Relays – 4X25 Meter, 4X50 Meter, 4X100 Meter Freestyle, 4X25 Meter Medley (Backstroke, Breaststroke, Butterfly, Freestyle


  • ​Athletics - Open to all athletes

    Athletics offers a wide variety of traditional track and field events. Competition is also provided for athletes with lower ability levels in a variety of development track and field events.

    As in all Special Olympics sports, athletes are grouped into competition divisions according to ability level, age and gender when appropriate.

    Athletes in Team Huron Valley who compete in athletics compete locally at their Area Spring Games. Gold medal winners are eligible to advance to the state level competition held at the Summer Games in Mt. Pleasant in late May or early June.

    Athletics Events Offered in Team Huron Valley


  • 50, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1500 and 3000 Meter Run
  • 100, 400 and 800 Meter Race Walk
  • Running Long Jump
  • High Jump
  • Shotput and Wheelchair Shotput
  • Relays – 4X100 and 4X400 Meter Run, 4×25 Meter Wheelchair and 4×100 Meter Walk
  • Pentathlon (100, 400 Meter Run, Running Long Jump, High Jump and Shotput)
  • 25, 30 Slalom, 100 and 200 Meter Non Motorized Wheelchair Race
  • Developmental Events

  • 10, 25 and 50 Meter Assisted Walk
  • 30 and 50 Meter Motorized Wheelchair Slalom
  • Standing Long Jump
  • High Jump
  • Softball Throw
  • Tennis Ball Throw


  • Basketball - Open to middle school and above athletes

    One of the most popular sports at Team Huron Valley, basketball provides competition for both teams and individuals. Five-on-five team competition is available. Individuals can compete in the Basketball Individual Skills Competition to develop basic basketball skills. Events include the Target Pass, 10 Meter Dribble and Spot Shot events.

    Athletes in Team Huron Valley who participate in team competition, compete locally at a District Qualifying event. Individual Skills participants also compete locally in Area Qualifying events. Teams or individuals who win a gold medal are eligible to advance to the State Basketball Tournament held in Grandville in March.

    Basketball Events Offered in Team Huron Valley

  • 5-on-5 Team Competition – Junior, High School and Senior age groups
  • Developmental Events

  • Individual Skills Competition – Target Pass, 10 Meter Dribble, Spot Shot


  • Bocce - Open to all athletes

    Bocce is an ancient sport invented during the Roman Empire. The game combines the skills of bowling with the accuracy of darts. Players try to get their Bocce balls closer to the Pallina (target ball) than their opponents. Individuals can participate in Bocce as a traditional single player or as part of traditional doubles or team. Unified Bocce is available in doubles and team formats. Unified sports combine a Special Olympics athlete with a non-disabled peer as partners or on teams for competition.

    As in all Special Olympics sports, athletes are grouped into competition divisions according to ability level, age and gender when appropriate.

    Athletes in Team Huron Valley who participate in Bocce compete locally at a District Qualifying event. Gold medal winners are eligible to advance to state level competition held at the Summer Games held in Mt. Pleasant in late May or June.

    Bocce Events Offered in Team Huron Valley

    Traditional


  • Singles competition
  • Doubles Competition
  • Team Competition


  • ​Bowling - Open to all athletes

    Bowling is perhaps the most popular sport in Team Huron Valley. Bowling competition is conducted using a traditional format. However for those of lower ability or with physical disabilities, bowling has been modified by utilizing a ramp on the approach.

    As in all Special Olympics sports, athletes are grouped into competition divisions according to ability level, age and gender when appropriate.

    Athletes in Team Huron Valley who participate in bowling compete locally at Area Qualifying events. Gold medal winners are then advanced to Sectional Qualifying competition. Gold medal winners are then eligible to advance the State Bowling Tournament held in Mt. Pleasant in late May or early June..

    Bowling Events Offered in Team Huron Valley

    Traditional


  • Singles competition
  • Doubles Competition
  • Team Competition
  • Developmental

  • Ramp singles (ramp bowlers may also enter doubles and team competition as part of a traditional team)

  • ​Cycling - Open to all athletes

    Cycling is an exciting summer sport that challenges the athlete’s racing ability and coordination.

    As in all Special Olympics sports, athletes are grouped into competition divisions according to ability level, age and gender when appropriate. Athletes in Team Huron Valley who participate in Cycling can compete at their local Qualifier. Athletes can then advance to the state competition held during the Fall Games in Chelsea in September.

    Cycling Events Offered in Team Huron Valley

    Traditional

  • ​250-meter Time Trial

  • 500-meter Time Trial

  • 1-kilometer Time Trail

  • ​2-kilometer Time Trail

  • 5-kilometer Time Trail

  • 10-kilometer Time Trail

  • 5-kilometer Road Race

  • 10-kilometer Road Race

  • ​15-kilometer Road Race

  • 25-kilometer Road Race

  • 40-kilometer Road Race

  • ​5-kilometer Unified Sports Tandem Time Trail

  • ​10-kilometer Unified Sports Tandem Time Trail

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  • Golf -  Open to middle school and above athletes

    Golf provides Special Olympics athletes the opportunity to develop their golf skills by participating in Individual Skills Competition and 5-hole competition. Golfers who have the ability to put all of the skills together can participate in 9-hole competition. Unified golf allows for athletes and their non-disabled peers to form teams in 9-hole competition.

    As in all Special Olympics sports, athletes are grouped into competition divisions according to ability level, age and gender when appropriate.

    Athletes in Team Huron Valley who participate in golf compete locally at Area Qualifying events. Athletes are then eligible to advance to state level competition at the Outdoor Sports Festival held in Canton in September.

    Golf Events Offered in Team Huron Valley

    Traditional

  • 9-hole competition
  • Unified

  • 9-hole aggregate team play
  • Developmental

  • 5-hole competition
  • Individual Skills Competition (Short & Long Putt, Chip Shot, Pitch Shot, Iron & Wood Shot


  • ​Snowshoe - Open to all athletes

    Snowshoe could be considered the winter equivalent of track with many of the same sports skills being used. Athletes can compete in dash and distance events either on snow or grass depending on weather conditions. This versatility allows for individuals in warmer climates to train and compete in a winter sport despite the weather conditions.

    As in all Special Olympics sports, athletes are grouped into competition divisions according to ability level, age and gender when appropriate.

    Athletes in Team Huron Valley who participate in snowshoe compete locally at a District Qualifying event. Gold medal winners are eligible to advance to state level competition at the Winter Games held in Traverse City in late January or early February.

    Snowshoe Events Offered in Team Huron Valley


  • 50 Meter Race
  • 100 Meter Race
  • 200 Meter Race
  • 400 meter Race
  • 800 Meter Race
  • 1600 Meter Race
  • 4X100 Meter Relay


  • ​Soccer - Open to middle school and above athletes

    Soccer (football) is the world’s most popular sport. Athletes have the opportunity to compete on teams of 7 including a goalie, as well as in Individual Skills Competition which develops basic soccer skills.

    As in all Special Olympics sports, athletes are grouped into competition divisions according to ability level, age and gender when appropriate.

    Athletes in Team Huron Valley who participate in Soccer compete locally in Area Qualifying events. They are then eligible to advance to state level competition at the Fall games held in Canton in September.

    Soccer Events Offered in Team Huron Valley
    Traditional


  • 7-on-7 Team Competition
  • Developmental

  • Individual Skills Events (Dribbling, Shooting, Run and Kick)


  • ​Softball - Open to middle school and above athletes

    Slow pitch softball involves teams of 10 athletes each. Team competition is also conducted using a Tee Ball format for those with lower skill abilities or those who are just beginning to learn the sport.

    As in all Special Olympics sports, athletes are grouped into competition divisions according to ability level, age and gender when appropriate.

    Teams or individuals in Team Huron Valley who participate in softball compete locally at Area and District Qualifying events. Gold medal winners are eligible to advance to state level competition at the Outdoor Sports Festival held in Canton in September.

    Softball Events Offered in Team Huron Valley
    Traditional


  • Slow Pitch Team Competition
  • Developmental

  • Tee Ball Team Competition
  • Individual Skills Competition (Base Running, Throwing, Fielding and Hitting)


  • ​Softball Skills - Open to athletes 8 and over

​          Individual Softball Skills Team is designed for new athletes and those athletes who have not yet developed the skills necessary to                         participate meaningfully in team competition. Modifications will be made for hearing or visually impaired athletes. Four events comprise               the Individual Skills Team: base running, throwing, fielding, and hitting. At practice, the athletes compete against their own results. At                   competition, the athletes compete against other athletes in the same skill categories. Parental involvement is encouraged a practice,                   however limited at competition. 


  • Volleyball - Open to middle school and above athletes

    Volleyball provides the opportunity for athletes to learn the sports skills of the game as well as working with others. Individuals who wish to participate in volleyball can compete in Individual Skills Competition to develop basic volleyball skills. Athletes also have the opportunity to compete with their non-disabled peers on teams in Unified volleyball.

    As in all Special Olympics sports, athletes are grouped into competition divisions according to ability level, age and gender when appropriate.

    Individuals and teams in Team Huron Valley who participate in volleyball compete locally at Area Qualifying events. They are then eligible to advance to state level competition at the Summer Games held in Mt. Pleasant in late May or early June.

    Volleyball Events Offered in Team Huron Valley
    Traditional


  • Team Volleyball
  • Developmental

  • Modified Team Volleyball
  • Individual Skills Competition (Forearm Pass, Overhead Set, Serve)