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:
- 3 V. 3 soccer
- Balance Bike
- 3 V. 3 basketball
- Track and field
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.
If you have any specific questions about Young Athletes or the transition to sport specific training, please contact Andrea Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org.