As I have thought and talked to numerous people about the upcoming season, our vision for Butler County Special Olympics Basketball is
“To create a unified culture within the BCSO basketball program that teaches the game, coach with passion, and creates a safe and competitive atmosphere where athletes are thriving and having fun.”
This year we want to create a program that will prepare us for competing on a state level for future years to come. Special Olympics Ohio plans to conduct the state Basketball Championships in the following divisions.
- Adult Male Division I, II, III, IV and V (Includes all ages and sex…adults, students, and women).The main thing is that people are categorized by ability level.
- School Age Division I and II (Only teams composed of students 22 and under)
- Women’s Division I and II (Only composed of all women and ages)
- Unified Men’s School Age and Women’s Division (Special Olympic athletes and unified partners)
In Butler County, Lakota currently has two school age teams and developmental team they will continue this way. The other teams in Butler County will be grouped by ability. As we compete and play teams, we will have an idea of where we align in divisions but ultimately that comes from State. Butler County will continue to have a developmental team which is composed of athletes who are learning the game along with an adult recreational team that is headed up by Tim Wolfe. Both of these teams are a part of our program but not qualified to go to state.
By placing athletes in the right skill level, we believe that every athlete will improve in the game of basketball. Coaches will be focusing on teaching the game and rules of basketball, this includes offense and defense. This will also prevent one athlete from dominating a game or on the other hand being held back in a game.
We will have a screening on NOV 5th from 4-5:30 pm at the Fairfield High School Auxiliary gym in which the Fairfield Varsity Basketball team will run drills with our players. *If you cannot make this screening, we will have another on Nov. 17th at Crawford Woods Elementary from 6:00-7:00.
This will allow us to evaluate each athlete and where they are at with the game. From here, we will have a coaches meeting in which we will form teams. *Its important to note, all coaches of the teams will be working together in this process. Most teams will be similar, but with more players their own ability. Please note, that coaches will take factors such as age, sex, and other factors into consideration when forming a team, but the main priority in
forming teams will be by ability level. The School Age teams at Lakota will not be at this screening but will be grouped by their coaches at their first practice.
We will strive for team size to be 8-10 athletes, so that more athletes can get more individual coaching and playing time. I am happy to say that we have three new coaches (Chris Vlachos, Zach Adams, and Kelly Penny) that are eager to make a difference in your son or daughter.
We know this season will be different from the years past but we believe that ultimately this will be for the best and will allow us to take steps forward to teaching the game, allowing athletes to thrive, and for competing at state.
I want to say thank you to all the coaches that have committed to this year! I truly believe the best Butler County Special Olympics is still to come. Thanks for your support and being a part of it.
To sign up for basketball please go to bcospecialolympics.org and sign up your son/ daughter.
Butler County Basketball Coordinator
Butler County Special Olympics Local Coordinator
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