Basketball Overview


WELCOME TO SOMO BASKETBALL! SOMO is  proud to support many different basketball teams and formats, offering athletes of all ages and skill levels an opportunity to play. Please read the following descriptions of the age and ability opportunities carefully.  SOMO offers YOUTH LEAGUES and COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL AND ADULT LEAGUES:

  • Our 3 YOUTH BASKETBALL LEAGUES (Landon Elementary League, Landon Middle School League, and High School and “20-Somethings”Unified CLUB League at Blessed Sacrament) train and play in the Player Development Unified Format* and are not rostered to qualify or compete in Maryland State Games.  The focus of the YOUTH LEAGUES is to provide sound youth player development through training and game play at a local level. Our YOUTH LEAGUE training prepares  young players for State competition training as they transition out of  their high school years. Our High School and “20-Somethings” Unified CLUB offers a low-key opportunity for the high school player and players in their 20s to play “pick-up style” basketball games with Unified Partners of their same age – giving them a forum for  getting fit and making new friends with high school peers with and without disabilities. This Unified CLUB is open to High School age players with and without disabilities ages 14/15 through high school years and into their 20s. We are expanding the age group for this League as our athletes who have played in this league for years are getting older, but still value and have interest in this League concept. We want to grow this League so spread the word to your friends! We welcome athletes and volunteers in this High School and Young Adult program!
  • Our  COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL AND ADULT LEAGUES train and play in either Traditional (all players on the team are Special Olympic athletes) or *PDU (Player Development Unified) in either a 3v3 (half-court) or 5v5 (full-court) team. The teams are rostered for, train for, and qualify for competition in Maryland State  Basketball Competition. Roster sizes and team age groupings are specific and limited. We can only offer the number  of teams and age grouping of teams that player interest and Coach interest and recent certification mandates can support. Additionally, the number of teams that we can offer is limited by facility limitations as basketball court time is VERY limited and expensive!
  • We currently do not offer Individual Skills Training (ISC) or Competition – or Unified Teams but will consider those programs as they are needed and supported with coaching.We do offer * Player Development Unified Teams:
  • *Player Development Unified (PDU) is a format unique to Special Olympics and the Special Olympics UNIFIED SPORT concept. While Unified Sport is defined as having “players  with and without disabilities (Unified Partners)  – of similar age AND ability training and playing together is approximately equal numbers – all with equal roles on the team”. PDU offers a more supportive and mentoring training option. PDU is defined as having players with and without disabilities training and playing together BUT in PDU: the Unified Partners are referred to as Unified Mentors and have more defined roles on the team. They serve in a “mentoring /coaching” capacity and although ideally of similar age, are of a higher ability. Their competitive roles also differ: the PDU Unified Mentor does not score and does not play aggressive defense. Their role is to “guide and shape ” the game and provide coaching, guidance and support to the SO players on their team. In 3v3 PDU there would be 2 S.O. players and 1 Unified Mentor playing. In 5v5 PDU, there would be 3 SO players and 2 Unified Mentors playing.
  • The PDU format in both 3v3 and 5v5 has proven to be an excellent transition for players who are learning the game of basketball and can benefit from having Coaches/Mentors on the court with them. The PDU format  is the most sound developmental concept for youth players as they have the ability to have Unified Mentor Peers on the court with them: building their skills and building friendships! PDU age grouping is slightly different from Traditional age grouping.

Details about each league may be found on the individual sport pages (links provided below – in red). 

Please select from our teams below to find out more information about each and specific locations and dates for each team:

  • YOUTH Basketball Leagues
  • COMMUNITY Basketball Leagues:
    • Traditional 5v5 ( full court) Young Adult (age 21-49)
    • Traditional 5v5 (full court) High School (age 14-21)
    • 5v5 Player Development Unified (age 18-49)
    • Barrie League Adult 3v3 (Half Court) (Ages: 21-45)
    • The first try-out FOR Traditional 5v5 (full court) High School (age 14-21) teams is on Jan 4th is at Potomac Community Center. Once the teams have been formed, 2 of them will train weekly at the Potomac Community Center and the third team (newly formed from previous High School players who have “aged up” to 21 and older) will  train at The Barrie School. If you are age 21- 45 and interested in playing on a 5v5 Traditional Team you must attend this try-out. 
    •  IMPORTANT NOTE!  If coaches feel that you would be better served on either the Young Adult 3v3 team or on a Young Adult 5v5 PDU team, you will be asked join those teams at the Barrie School practices. PLEASE PLAN FOR THAT POSSIBILITY!
    • All athletes AND volunteers must SIGN UP ONLINE prior to attending practice, and as in all other sports programs athletes must have a current SOMO Medical  on file, and volunteers at all levels must have a current volunteer application on file. Links to ONLINE SIGN UP are found at the bottom of each sport’s web page. Registration process and forms are found on this website. Signup for the team you are most likely to join. Unified Partners sign up as volunteers.

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