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

Learn More

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 an Open House

SONJ offers seasonal Open Houses, focusing on some of the sport offerings each season. If you are interested in learning more about some of the fall sports offered, join us at the Winter/Spring Sports Showcase on Saturday, October 13th from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at three locations throughout the state.

Attend a Webinar

Unable to attend an Open House but still hoping to learn more? Attend a webinar, which will cover the basics and get you started on the right track. Webinar information for the Winter/Spring Sports Showcase to be announced.

Get Involved

Ready to join an LTP? 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