Unified Basketball

Special Olympics Unified Basketball

Welcome to the third year of Unified Basketball in Alberta! Following a successful trial last year, Unified Basketball will be halfcourt, 3-on-3 again this year.

Tournaments, Festivals, and Other Games

Unified Basketball events typically take place in the spring. More information on these events will be distributed and posted on this webpage as it is finalized. Note that this information is sent out to the Athletic Director(s) in each member high school. If you are not an Athletic Director and wish to receive this information, please contact Shanna@asaa.ca

Information from past events is included below if you wish to review different formats and rules.

Team Composition

For half-court, 3-on-3 basketball, there will always be exactly two athletes (students with intellectual disabilities) and one partner (student without an intellectual disability) on the court at all times. Note that students with physical disabilities will be classified as either an athlete or a partner depending on whether or not they have an intellectual disability as well.

There is no maximum number of students per team. However, please note that game time at the Edmonton and Calgary events will be short (10-15 minutes depending on the number of teams registered), so we suggest 2-3 lines per team in order for all students to be able to play.

Basketball Skills Assessment Test (BSAT) Scores

Teams are required to submit BSAT scores for all players (athletes and partners) with registration. Registration forms will not be considered complete if BSAT scores for athletes and partners are not included.

Rationale: BSAT scores are used to separate teams into divisions based on skill level. Divisioning is essential to accommodate the growth of Unified Basketball while striving to provide all students with the opportunity to participate at a skill level suitable to each individual. We will calculate the BSAT score average for each team, and then the teams will be divisioned so that they are only playing against other teams with similar BSAT scores. If you have more than one team, please do your best to create your teams based on skill level in order for your students to play at a level most suitable to them during competition.

The BSAT with written instructions of both assessments is posted below. If you have any questions about the drills, please contact Shanna prior to any registration deadlines.

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