Special needs sports leagues for adults and children with disabilities in Oakland County and Metro Detroit, Michigan
There are several options for sports and recreational leagues for special needs children, teens and adults in Oakland County, Michigan. Sports leagues for special needs adults and kids provide non-competitive, recreational options to stimulate exercise and social interaction.
I will do my best to update the info pertinent to these special needs sports leagues as they are seasonal.
Buddy Baseball - Special Needs Baseball in Clarkston, Michigan
Buddy Baseball is a non-competitive, recreational sports league in Oakland County for boys and girls ages 7-13 with special needs. Each player will be paired with a “buddy” to assist as needed. This special needs baseball league program is hosted by Independence Township Parks & Recreation. This program is open to all. Click here for more info on the Buddy Baseball Special Needs Baseball League for children.
Buddy Basketball - Special Needs Basketball in Clarkston, Michigan
Buddy Basketball is a non-competitive, recreational sports league in Oakland County for boys and girls ages 7-13 with special needs. Each player will be paired with a “buddy” to assist as needed. The Buddy Basketball League for special needs children is hosted by the Independence Township Parks and Recreation Department. Buddy Basketball is open to both residents and non-residents of Clarkston. Click here for more info on the Buddy Basketball Special Needs Basketball League for children.
TOPSoccer - Soccer League for players with disabilities
TOPSoccer was created to train young people with disabilities in a caring coaching environment to play soccer; to serve as a feeder program to recruit, assess and train players to participate in competitions offered by existing sports organizations for people with disabilities; and to mainstream higher ability players onto regular youth soccer teams. TOP Soccer is available to any boy or girl aged 4-19 with a physical or mental disability. Click here for more info on TOPSoccer hosted by Rochester Soccer Club (RSC/RYSL).
Indoor Soccer League for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (Kids Ages 4-9)
Oakland University's OUCARES (Oakland University Center for Autism Research, Education and Support). Instructed by a psychologist, participants will learn to play the game of soccer through simple drills and small games. Goals include strengthening motor skills, direction following and cooperative interaction with peers. Maximum number of participants is 20. Click here for registration info.
Youth Basketball League for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (Kids ages 6-9, 10-13 and ages 14+)
Oakland University's OUCARES (Oakland University Center for Autism Research, Education and Support). Instructed by a psychologist, participants will learn basic basketball skills such as dribbling, shooting and team skills. Mastering these skills will involve listening, direction following and interacting with teammates. Maximum number of participant is 20. Click here for registration info.
Martial Arts Lessons for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (Kids ages 6-11 and 12 and up)
Participants will learn the basics of self-defense while using whole body movements to increase self-confidence, self-control, focus and improve motor skills. Program is taught by instructors from Shelby Martial Arts Academy who have 10+ years of experience as martial arts instructors including work with individuals with ASD. Participants must be able to work well in a group setting. Maximum number of participants is 10 per age group. Click here for registration info.
SNAG (Starting New at Golf) Golf for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (Kids ages 8+)
SNAG® stands for “Starting New at Golf”. SNAG® contains all the elements of golf but in a modified form. Falling somewhere between miniature golf and regulation golf, SNAG® allows for full shots, pitching, chipping and putting. The SNAG ® ball is slightly smaller than a tennis ball and covered with loop material and has a limited distance. The target called the Flagsticky™ is not a hole with a cup but an above ground weighted cylinder covered with a hook material. Participants will have fun while strengthening motor skills, direction following and working in a group setting. Parent participation is encouraged. This program is appropriate for individuals with the diagnosis of Asperger’s, High Functioning Autism or PDD/NOS. Siblings or peer buddy are also invited to register for this program. Click here for registration info.
Bowling League for Teens and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Our friends at Classic Lanes in Rochester Hills have teamed up with OUCARES (Oakland University Center for Autism Research, Education and Support) to form a bowling league for individuals ages 16-plus on the autism spectrum. Click here details and for signup information.
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