Sports

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 click here.

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
(801)649-9090
Aquatics (Swimming)
U.S. Swimming, Inc. (USS)
1750 East Boulder Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
(719)578-4578
Basketball
USA Basketball
1750 East Boulder Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
(719)632-7687
Bocce
International Bocce Association, Inc. (IBA)
P.O. Box 170
Utica, NY 13503
(315)733-9611
Bowling
American Bowling Congress (ABC)
5301 South 76th
Greendale, WI 53129
(414)421-6400
Bowling
Women’s International Bowling Congress
5301 South 76th
Greendale, WI 53129
(414)421-9000
Cycling
U.S. Cycling Federation (USCF)
1750 East Boulder Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
(719)578-4581
Equestrian
American Horse Shows Assoc. (AHSA)
220 East 42nd Street, Suite 409
New York, NY 10017-5806
(212)972-2472
Figure Skating
U.S. Figure Skating (USFSA)
20 First Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
(719)635-5200
Floor Hockey
Special Olympics Inc.
P.O. Box 120
1350 New York Avenue, N.W., Suite 500
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202)628-3630
Golf
The United States Golf Assoc. (USGA)
P.O. Box 708
Liberty Corner Road
Far Hills, NJ 07931-0701
(908)234-2300
Gymnastics
U.S.A. Gymnastics
201 South Capitol Avenue, Suite 300
Indianapolis, IN 46225
(317)237-5050
Powerlifting
U.S. Powerlifting Federation (USPF)
2103 Langley Avenue
Pensacola, FL 32504
(904)477-4863
Soccer
U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF)
1750 East Boulder Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
(719)578-4678
Softball
Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA)
2801 NE 50th Street
RR #4 – Box 385
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
(405)424-5266
Speed Skating
U.S. International Speed Skating Association, Inc. (USISSA)
17060 Patricia Lane
Brookfield, WI 53005
(800)334-7981
Tennis
U.S. Tennis Association (USTA)
1212 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036
(212)302-3322
Track & Field
Track & Field Association
200 South Capital Avenue, Suite 140
Indianapolis, IN 46225
(317)261-0500
Volleyball
U.S. Volleyball Association (USVBA)
1750 East Boulder Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
(719)578-4750