Season:   August - October (Rockets practice August - June)
Traditional event categories (including ramps and bumpers)
Unified Partner Events?:  Yes
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Rio Rancho Rockets
Special Olympics, Rio Rancho, NM
Special Olympics
New Mexico
Inspire Greatness
Special Olympics Rio Rancho is a delegation of Special Olympics New Mexico.  We are a non-profit organization that provides athletic training and competition to children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Our athletes enjoy camaraderie and gain a sense of pride and accomplishment through participating in our events.
Special Olympics bowling is a delightful sport that offers both competition and opportunities for socializing, and has become one of the most popular sports in New Mexico.  The season runs from January through June, and August through November (breaks are for summer vacation and winter holidays).  Practices are conducted at the Starlight Lanes in the Santa Ana Casino on Sunday afternoon, and consists of 3 games (takes approximately 3 hours).

The practice sessions are organized with athletes assigned to four-person teams (sometimes less).  Teams practice against each other in a standard handicapped-score,  two-lane competition format.  Individual scores from each practice are used to determine the athlete's averge score and scoring-handicap.  At the area and state meets, athletes compete individually against other athletes with similar score-handicaps.

For athletes with physical limitations, both practices and competitions include provisions for "ramp bowling."