Weekly Saturday morning practice at Staley HS fields (north of football stadium)
All athletes welcome; no experience required; bring your glove and water bottle
July - SOMO North Area softball (typically in Savannah)
August - SOMO Regional softball; (typically at Frank White Complex in Lee's Summit)
September - SOMO State Outdoor Games; (typically in Jefferson City)
Northstars Team Rep for questions - Sarah Wright, 816-510-7268
Frequently asked questions
What happens at practice? Each practice is primarily skill building including team play. After a few weeks when the majority of athletes are registered, the coaches assign each one to a team. We participate in the regional and state Special Olympic tournaments. If you know your athlete will not compete in tournaments, that plays into team assignments. First practice is primarily an info session where the head coach gives an overview of the season and the athletes work on some basic skills. Your key contact for all team information during the season is the Team Rep.
My child has never played softball or a group sport. I’m wondering if this may be too high level? You will be in good company at Northstars! Very few of our athletes have done any group or competitive sports before Northstars. They just don't have those opportunities through other channels and that's why Northstars was started and is so popular. We have athletes at all levels of skill and ability and there's no pressure to "win". We hope you'll come with your athlete and check us out see if it might be a fit.
Do you need volunteers to help with the teams? Yes. Softball is a popular sport and we have lot of athletes and teams. A big need is unified partners who are typical peers of our athletes. Unified partners play alongside our athletes and help them with skill building, building friendships and having fun with the game. UPs include siblings, friends, classmates, relatives and neighbors.
When are SOMO tournaments? We participate in three SOMO tournaments. First is typically late-July on a Saturday in Savannah. Teams come from across the western side of Missouri to participate. State SOMO tournament is mid/late September in Jefferson City.
What's the cost to register for softball?
There's no cost to participate in Special Olympics.
Athlete and unified partner families are asked to join the Northstars Booster Club so we can continue to offer these opportunities.
Family membership is $30 calendar year with options for higher levels of support. See details here.
What's the cost to compete in the SOMO State Games?
The NKC School District provides funding for athletes who participate in Special Olympics.
Sometimes additional registration or travel fees apply for State Games participants. You will be notified of those costs in advance so you can choose how to participate.
If this is something you need help paying for, please contact your coach immediately. We're here to help!
2020 Softball season cancelled due to COVID
Thank you to our coaches, volunteers and athletes who participated for another fun season! Head Coach: Matt Schweitzer Assistant Coaches: Steve Rohlfing, Kevin Moran, Nicole Schroeder Congratulations to our teams for their success at SOMO State Tournament in Jefferson City, MO
2018 Softball season gallery
SOMO District Tournament in July 2018 at Savannah MO