Special Olympics New Jersey is a statewide sports training and athletic competition program, which provides year-round opportunities to children and adults with intellectual disabilities to participate in sports.

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In New Jersey, athletes participate in:

Athlete Training

Athletes who participate in Special Olympics New Jersey are expected to make a commitment to training. There are basic elements to an athlete’s selection of sport and training:

Selection of Sport – Athletes should be included in the selection of their sport, recognizing that there may be some limitations on resources and facilities. For example, if your athlete joins an existing local program, he or she should be able to select a sport each season from the sports offered. A parent or coach’s assistance with the selection will help guide an athlete to entry level participation that could eventually develop an athlete to qualify for other advanced opportunities.

Seasonal Training – Once a sport is selected, an athlete is required to make a commitment to training and seasonal play to qualify for Sectional and Statewide competition opportunities. Training and competition experience through practice or league or club play should be incorporated into an 8-10 week sports season that includes:

  • Sports Skills Training
  • Fitness Training
  • Sports Rules
  • Instruction on concept and competition strategy play
  • Sportsmanship

Equipment – All training should be conducted with proper sports clothing and equipment at a facility that provides a safe and obstruction-free venue for activity. Parents and family members should only be part of the training if requested by the coaching staff. Parents / guardians and athletes need to commit to the entire seasonal experience.

Coach Training – Special Olympics New Jersey strongly encourages family members to attend a coaches training course so that they can assist in practice if requested to do so by the coach or to begin another local program. If interested in becoming a coach please visit the Volunteer As A Coach page.

National Governing Body Sports Rules

All Special Olympics New Jersey competitions follow the official Special Olympics Sports Rules. These rules have been adapted from the official rules of the International Governing Body (World Games Competition) or National Governing Body (New Jersey competition) of each sport offered by Special Olympics.

Alpine / Cross Country Skiing
U.S. Ski Association (USSA)
P.O. Box 100
Park City, UT 84060
Aquatics (Swimming)
U.S. Swimming, Inc. (USS)
1750 East Boulder Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
USA Basketball
1750 East Boulder Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
International Bocce Association, Inc. (IBA)
P.O. Box 170
Utica, NY 13503
American Bowling Congress (ABC)
5301 South 76th
Greendale, WI 53129
Women’s International Bowling Congress
5301 South 76th
Greendale, WI 53129
U.S. Cycling Federation (USCF)
1750 East Boulder Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
American Horse Shows Assoc. (AHSA)
220 East 42nd Street, Suite 409
New York, NY 10017-5806
Figure Skating
U.S. Figure Skating (USFSA)
20 First Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Floor Hockey
Special Olympics Inc.
P.O. Box 120
1350 New York Avenue, N.W., Suite 500
Washington, D.C. 20005
The United States Golf Assoc. (USGA)
P.O. Box 708
Liberty Corner Road
Far Hills, NJ 07931-0701
U.S.A. Gymnastics
201 South Capitol Avenue, Suite 300
Indianapolis, IN 46225
U.S. Powerlifting Federation (USPF)
2103 Langley Avenue
Pensacola, FL 32504
U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF)
1750 East Boulder Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA)
2801 NE 50th Street
RR #4 – Box 385
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
Speed Skating
U.S. International Speed Skating Association, Inc. (USISSA)
17060 Patricia Lane
Brookfield, WI 53005
U.S. Tennis Association (USTA)
1212 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036
Track & Field
Track & Field Association
200 South Capital Avenue, Suite 140
Indianapolis, IN 46225
U.S. Volleyball Association (USVBA)
1750 East Boulder Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80909