Now that your child is between the ages of 6 and 8, we are excited to guide you through your next steps of the journey to becoming a Special Olympics New Jersey athlete in training or athlete!

Transitioning to Sport Specific Training

Athletes in Training

Children that are ages 6 and 7 are known as athletes in training. They have the unique opportunity to participate both in a Young Athletes community program, as well as begin training in a specific sport with a Local Training Program (LTP). Athletes in training can participate in sport specific exhibitions and invitational games in the sports they train in, but cannot compete for a medal.

Athlete in Training Events

LTPs across the state are welcoming athletes in training to their programs! SONJ currently offers athlete in training events in the following sports:

  • Fall
    • 3 V. 3 soccer
    • Balance Bike
  • Spring
    • 3 V. 3 basketball
  • Summer
    • Track and field

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Attend Local & State Competitions

SONJ encourages athletes in training to attend local and state competitions to see training and competition in action! Check out the Events page to see upcoming training and competition dates.

Attend a Showcase or Webinar

SONJ offers seasonal Showcases, focusing on sport offerings each season.

SAVE THE DATE: The Summer Sports Showcase will be on Sunday, January 27th.

Get Involved

Ready to join an LTP? First, you’ll need a completed Participation Packet. Then see what sports are available in your area by finding a local program and contact your local Area Director.

If you have any specific questions about Young Athletes or the transition to sport specific training, please contact Andrea Moore at