Updated 8/18/21

Health and Safety Guidelines

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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

All participants are required to fill out the following forms:

High Risk Waiver & COVID-19 Code of Conduct Waiver

Communicable Diseases Waiver

Return to Activity Considerations

  • Discuss the risk of participating with your family.
  • Seek your doctor’s advice on your level of risk.
  • Contact your coach to find out if they are still participating in SONJ activities.
  • Make sure all your questions are answered for you to make an informed decision in returning to fall activities.
  • Is your medical up to date?

Know Before You Go

  • Ask yourself, how do you feel? Do you have a cold, cough or feeling extra tired?
  • Practice social distancing – measure three (3) feet apart at home so you know how far away it is.
  • Complete the COVID-19 Code of Conduct Waiver and High Risk waiver (only need to complete once) – First practice only.
  • Complete the Communicable Diseases Waiver (renewed every three years). 
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  • Pack Your Bag:
    • Personal sports equipment
    • Mask(s)
    • Hand Sanitizer
    • Water Bottle – Write your name on it!

What to Expect at Practice/Training

  • Spectators that stay for the duration of practice must stay at least 25 feet from the facility/field.
  • No hugging, high fives or fist bumps at this time. Wave to your teammates!
  • Follow all instructions from coach as well as posted signs.
  • Leave as soon as the activity is complete.
  • Use the bathroom before you go to practice. Bathroom facilities may not be available at practices.

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