Cooperation of the basketball team Eckstein’s basketball team for the Special Olympics World Games trainee

As part of preparations for the world games in Greece (in June) has abasketball team training Special Olympics athletes in common with the basketball team of the Eckstein (boys) from Herzliya.

Moran Kornfeld Coach House Group Eckstein is also coach of the World Gaming Group Jocks welcome initiative created important ties between the two groups.

The girls train with the boys, which creates a good atmosphere, professional and social connection, causing players to improve the ability for the World Games competitions.Sincerely,

Reuben cliff

Basketball Division Coordinator

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Ολυμπιακό Κλειστό OACA Αθλητικά: Μπάσκετ

The OACA Olympic Indoor Hall (also known simply as the Indoor Hall or the Olympic Sports Hall) which is part of the Olympic Athletic Center of Athens (OACA) “Spiros Louis” (inGreek: OAKA), was completed in 1995 and was the largest indoor venue in use for sporting events at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. It is located in the suburb ofMaroussi. It is considered to be one of the biggest and most modern indoor sports arenas in all of Europe. In Greece it is known as the OAKA Indoor Hall and/or the OAKA Olympic Sports Hall.



It is notable for the distinctive A-frame roof that features four huge pillars, each 35 meters tall that stand 108 meters apart from each other. According to the Greek Ministry of Sports, it is the largest indoor sporting arena of its kind in the world. The arena is also constructed in a unique way so that an abundant amount of natural light comes into the arena during the day.

The arena seats up to 17,600 for gymnastics events, although only 12,500 seats were made publicly available for the gymnastics at the 2004 Olympics. It seats 19,250 for basketball games, which includes 18,500 seats for the fans, 300 seats for media members, and 450 seats for VIPs.

Basketball use

The Indoor Hall is the regular home court for the Greek A1 League professional basketball club Panathinaikos Athens, as well as the home court for Maroussi Athens for European cup matches. AEK Athens also plays home games at the arena when they have European cup matches. It is also the primary home court of theGreek National Basketball Team.

On May 4 and 6, 2007, the Indoor Hall hosted the Euroleague2006-07 season Final Four, the semifinal and final rounds of Europe’s principal pro club competition in basketball, which saw hometown favorite Panathinaikos win the title.

On December 9, 2007, FIBA announced that the Olympic Indoor Hall was selected as the host of the 2008 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for the 2008 Olympics Basketball Tournament. At the qualifying tournament, hosts and favorites Greece, alongside with theGerman and Croatian national basketball teams, qualified for the final 2008 Olympic Basketball Tournament.


Closed Proponitirio
1st Assistant Prooponitirio (33m x 29.80m)

2nd Assistant Propnitirio (33m x 21.30 m)

3rd Assistant Proponitirio (33m x 21.30m)

Fourth Helpmate Proponitirio (33m x 28.50m)

Auxiliary facilities: toilets, storerooms.


During the Special Olympics World Summer Games ATHENS 2011, June 25 – July 4 2011.The  OACA Olympic Indoor Hall  is part of the O.A.K.A. during the World Summer Games Special Olympics Athens 2011 will be held the following events:


1. Events 

Team Competition 
Team Competition 
Unified Sports 

2. Registration Instructions

• Maximum group size 
• Groups with 
 fewer than five 
 players to start 
 the game will cause 
game to effect 
• Delegations 
 with more than 
 a team must designate 
 a different leader
Coach for 
 each group.
• Groups will 
 required to complete 
 a skills test 
 review. The
evaluation form will be 
 included in the 
 subscription package.

3. Sport Uniform 
 / Equipment

• The 
 uniforms must consist of 
 a jersey / shirt, 
 shorts and appropriate 
• The 
 uniforms (jerseys / 
 shirt and shorts) 
 should be the 
 the same color 
planning for all members 
• striped shirts 
 / shirts are 
 not allowed.
• It is 
 requires that each 
 team has two sets 
 of solid 
 colored jerseys / shirts: 
pale as if set 
 and a dark 
when designated 
 “visiting team 
• Numbers 
 should appear on 
 the front and back of 
 jersey / shirt.
• Numbers for 
 the front and back should 
 be clearly visible 
 at least 20 cm
for high back and 
 10 εκατοστά 
 to the front with 
 the numbers of 
at least 
 2 inches wide.
• Teams must use numbers 
• The name 
 the Program or 
 athlete can also 
 be placed on 
 the back of
athlete jersey / shirt. The name 
 Program can be 
 placed on the
In front of 
’s shirt / shirt.

4. Signs of 
 Focus – 

• Games 
 will consist of 
 half minutes 
 running time. Four timeouts 
be taken into 
 any time.
• Overtime 
 play will be 
• Time-clock stops 
 to address 
 injuries and other medical conditions 
determined by game officials 
 and administrators.
• The timing 
 clock should stop 
 during the last 
 the second half and 
 each extra 

Special Olympics Basketball Sport

BasketballSpecial Olympics is an international program involving sports and athletic competition for both children and adults with disabilities. The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a number of Olympic-type sports for individuals with disabilities. Special Olympics achieves their mission by presenting athletes with ongoing opportunities to develop their physical fitness, experience the joys of sports, the chance to demonstrate their courage, and to participate in the sharing of skills, gifts, and friendships with their families and other athletes, as well as the community. The Special Olympics Oath is, “Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”
The beauty of basketball is it’s accessibility. Given a ball and a hoop, anyone can enjoy the game. Basketball has long been a part of the Special Olympics, enjoyed by thousands of the athletes over the years. There are a handful of rule differences in Special Olympics competition, as compared to the rules laid out by FIBA.

The Game of Basketball

Basketball is played by two teams of five athletes each in a game of five-on-five, or two teams of three athletes each in a game of three-on-three. The goal is for each team to shoot the ball into its opponent’s basket while preventing the other team from either securing the ball, or scoring. The ball can be thrown, passed, batted, tapped, or dribbled in any direction according to restrictions in the Rules.

Special Olympics has a number of rules associated with the basketball games played in their competitions. According to the Rules, basketball games involve:

  • Intermission is 10 minutes long.
  • Five-on-five games that include two halves of 20 minutes each.
  • Five-on-five games that include four quarters of 8 minutes each.
  • All competition may be modified by local tournament organizers.
  • A scorer, a timer, and a 30-second clock operator assist the referees.
  • Three-on-three games are 20 minutes in length or until a team scores 20 points, whichever occurs first.

To begin a five-on-five game, the referee tosses the ball between any two opponents at the center circle in order to start the game, as well as each extra period as necessary. The teams shoot at their opponent’s basket during the first half. On a neutral court, the referee tosses a coin to determine the baskets. In a three-on-three game; however, the game is started with a coin toss for team possession; there is no jump ball.

A ball is considered to be, ‘out of play,’ when it touches any sideline, baseline, or anything outside the lines. The ball is put in play by the team opposite of that which caused it to go out of bounds. Two points are awarded whenever a player makes a basket that is shot inside of the three-point arc. Three points are awarded when a player makes a basket outside of the three-point arc, and one-point is awarded for each free throw.

Should a player block, hold, charge, trip, hold, impede the progress of an opponent by extending their arm, shoulder or knee, or by bending their body into other than usual position, or use rough tactics – a personal foul is called. The offended player receives two free throws if they were in the act of shooting and missed due to the foul. On the seventh foul in a half, the player fouled is permitted a one-and-one situation. On the tenth foul and thereafter in a half, the player fouled is permitted two shots. Before the seventh foul in a half, the team that has been offended against receives the ball out-of-bounds nearest the spot of the foul. In a three-on-three game, the player who has been offended receives the ball at a designated spot above the free-throw line.

Infractions involving handling of the ball itself, such as:

  • Traveling
  • Double-dribbling
  • Carrying the ball
  • Stepping on the line
  • Causing the ball to go out of play
  • Entering the free throw lane before the ball has left the shooter’s hand

Are all penalized by awarding the ball out-of-bounds at the nearest point, commonly on the sideline from where the infraction happened. A throw is made from this point by the team that has been offended against. In a three-on-three game, the ball is taken at the designated spot above the free-throw line.

When two opponents hold the ball simultaneously it is referred to as a, ‘held ball,’ and the ball is given to the teams on alternate possessions. Should this occur during an international competition, a jump ball is administered. A technical foul is called for delay of game, or for unsportsmanlike conduct. The team that has been offended against receives two free throws and receives the ball out-of-bounds. In a five-on-five game, each team receives five time-outs during play.

Assessing and Matching Athletes with Events

The importance of providing athletes with the opportunity to participate in sports and events while giving them encouragement cannot be overstated. Safety and health; however, remain paramount. Sports and events must provide safe, challenging, and meaningful opportunities for all athletes. Should a sufficient number of athletes exist, wheelchair basketball is a very appropriate sport for non-ambulatory athletes. If there are not a sufficient number of athletes for full five-on-five participation, it is important for coaches to provide assistance in referring athletes to community programs. Basketball can take on a number of forms.

Skills Basketball are ideal for wheelchair athletes, while Speed Dribble and/or Team Skills Basketball are ideal for athletes with physical impairments. Half-court, three-on-three, Speed Dribble and/or Team Skills Basketball, or Speed Dribble are ideal for athletes with visual impairments. It is important for basketball coaches to consider competition opportunities for which each particular athlete should train.

Speed Dribble: Speed Dribble is appropriate for athletes who are either non-ambulatory or very low skilled.

Individual Skills Contest: Individual Skills Contest is appropriate for athletes who have slow reactions, are unable to dribble the ball for greater than ten meters, do not participate in an active manner, or do not move to catch even a slow moving ball.

Team Skills Basketball: Team Skills Basketball is appropriate for athletes who are low-skilled, non-ambulatory, or who are unable to pass and catch.

3-on-3 Basketball: Three-on-three basketball is appropriate for athletes who are able to dribble a ball at least ten meters, shoot a lay-up, pass and catch, recognize the difference between teammates and opponents, and pursue a moving ball. Three-on-three is also appropriate where the facilities are limited and half-court is more available, or where half-court is more common within the community.

Full-Court 5-on-5 Basketball: Five-on-five basketball is appropriate for athletes who have good basic skills, as well as a good understanding of the basic tactics and rules of the game of basketball and endurance.

Unified Sports Basketball: Unified Sports Basketball is appropriate for athletes with higher skills.

In order to participate in Special Olympics, athletes must be at least eight years old and have been identified by either an agency or a professional as having:

  • Mental Retardation
  • Cognitive Delays as measured by formal assessment
  • Significant learning or vocational problems due to cognitive delay

Special Olympics provides athletes with year-round training and opportunities for competition in twenty-four official sports. The benefits of participation for athletes include improved motor skills and physical fitness, increased self-confidence and self-image, friendships, and increased family support. Since the year 1968, when Eunice Kennedy Shriver organized the First International Special Olympics Games at Soldier Field, millions of children and adults with disabilities have participated in Special Olympics.

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