Practice Tips & Reminders
  • Best practices for equipment sanitation:
    • Wearing gloves, use a household disinfectant spray in a well-ventilated area and coat frequently touched surfaces of all shared equipment until wet. Let equipment sit out to air dry.
      • This includes cones, poly spots (floor markers), and sport-specific equipment
    • Wash and/or sanitize all equipment bags after each use.
    • Dispose of gloves and wash your hands with soap and water for at least twenty (20) seconds after sanitizing all equipment.
    • For further sanitization information, visit the CDC’s webpage for Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting
Fall Season Timeline

September 2021 to October 2021 Activities Timeline

  • September 2021 (dates subject to change)
    • Fall competition begins on September 11th
    • Includes Cycling, Equestrian, Flag Football, Soccer, Triathlon, & Youth Athletes
    • Approved Out of Season requests (OUTDOORS and INDOORS)
Additional Coach Resources

General Special Olympics Return to Activity Resources

(Note: some of the information on the websites below may vary from Special Olympics New Jersey’s Return to Activity information. SONJ’s Return to Activity Guidelines should be followed where any discrepancies exist.)

Practice Resources by Sport

**More resources to come

Virtual:

All participants are required to fill out the following form:

High Risk Waiver & COVID-19 Code of Conduct Waiver

Communicable Diseases Waiver

Health and Safety Guidelines

Expand each for full details

Groupings/Social Distancing Clarifications

*Guidelines subject to change based on New Jersey state guidelines and venue rules and regulations. 

  • Social distancing of at least three (3) feet shall always be maintained between all individuals on-site. Social distancing can limit the spread of COVID-19 by lowering the risk of transmission.
  • The number of INDOOR/OUTDOOR groups will be limited by current state, facility and SONJ guidelines.
Mask Compliance

Effective March 9th, 2022 - Mask requirement update for Spring and Summer seasons

  • For all individuals attending a Special Olympics New Jersey event, including athletes, volunteers, Young Athletes and spectators:
    • All VACCINATED individuals will not be required to wear a mask.
    • All UNVACCINATED individuals are strongly advised to wear a mask for all INDOOR activities.
Pre-Event Guidelines
  • Complete the online High-Risk Waiver & COVID-19 Code of Conduct Waiver. By completing these forms, all participants are acknowledging that they have received education materials regarding the virus and confirm understanding of the risks and participation procedures.
    • All participants must complete the High-Risk Waiver (if applicable) & COVID-19 Code of Conduct Waiver before participating. Failure to complete the COVID-19 Code of Conduct Waiver will result in no in-person participation.
    • High Risk Waiver & COVID-19 Code of Conduct Waiver
  • Complete the online Communicable Diseases Waiver. By completing this form, all participants are acknowledging that they understand the potential risk of exposure during activity.
    • All participants must complete the Communicable Diseases Waiver. Failure to complete the Communicable Diseases Waiver will result in no in-person participation.
    • Communicable Diseases Waiver 
During Event Guidelines

For all individuals attending a Special Olympics New Jersey event, including athletes, volunteers, Young Athletes and spectators:

    • All VACCINATED individuals will not be required to wear a mask.
    • All UNVACCINATED individuals are strongly advised to wear a mask for all INDOOR activities.
Post-Event Guidelines
  • Clean and sanitize any and all equipment after each practice or event (i.e. soccer balls, cones, distance markers, equipment bags, etc.)
  • Equipment sanitation best practices are outlined in the Additional Coach Resources.
  • Athletes/family members should be instructed to clean and sanitize all personal equipment before and after practice as well
Protocols for reporting if someone becomes Ill with signs or symptoms of COVID-19 or has been notified that they have been or may have been exposed to COVID-19
  • Must notify Jeff Baldino, jjb@sonj.org or 609.896.8000 x252

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