Play at Home

What do young children learn while playing?

  • Language (verbal and nonverbal)
  • Social skills like taking turns or making eye contact
  • Emotional skills like learning how to react when you lose a game
  • School readiness skills such as color and number recognition

What do young children learn about their families when they play at home?

  • That they are loved
  • To trust their family
  • Self confidence
  • That they are safe and cared for
  • How to be healthy
  • And how to have FUN!

Free Resources

This is the FREE Activity Guide that you receive in the mail. The Activity guide gives you fun ideas for playing at home.

Looking for more games? 
Head over to the Family Resource videos.

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Young Athletes Registration Form

Young Athletes Registration Form

Athlete Information
 Register your child, ages 2 through 7, as a Special Olympics New Jersey Young Athlete

Additional Information

Parent/Guardian Information

Young Athletes Kit Request (One Kit per household)
Young Athletes Home Kits are for new registered Young Athletes only
Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, Kit order requests maybe delayed. All orders are processed through Flaghouse and will be delivered to your home address.

Please complete the following to request kit for your New Young Athlete.
PLEASE NOTE:  kit order requests might be delayed.
Basic Information
Contact Information


Release Form:

I am the parent or guardian of the Young Athlete named above and agree to the following:

1.     Able to Participate.  The Young Athlete is able to take part in Special Olympics. I understand there is a risk of injury.

2.     Photo Release. Special Olympics organizations may use the Young Athlete’s picture, video, name, voice and words to promote Special Olympics. 

3.     Emergency Care: If a medical emergency should arise during the Young Athlete’s participation in Special Olympics activities at a time when a parent or guardian is not present to make medical decisions, I consent to medical care for the Young Athlete if needed, unless I check one of these boxes:

(If either box is checked, an EMERGENCY MEDICAL CARE REFUSAL form will be sent and MUST be completed)

4.     Health Programs.  If the Young Athlete takes part in a Special Olympics health program, I consent to health activities, exams and treatment for the Young Athlete. This should not replace regular health care.  I can say no to treatment or anything else at any time for the Young Athlete.

5.     Personal Information.  I understand personal information may be used and shared by Special Olympics to:

  • Make sure Young Athletes can participate safely;
  • Run training and events and share results;
  • Put the Young Athletes information in a computer system;
  • Provide health treatment, make referrals, consult doctors, and remind me about follow-up services;
  • Research, share and respond to needs of the Special Olympics participants (identifying information removed if shared publicly); and
  • Protect health and safety, respond to government requests, and report information required by law.
  • I can ask to see and change the Young Athlete’s information.  I can ask to limit how the information is used.

6.      Concussions. I understand there is a risk of concussions and continuing to play sports with a concussion.  The Young Athlete may have to get medical care if a concussion is suspected.  The Young Athlete may also have to wait 7 days or more and get permission from a doctor before he/she starts playing sports again.

I am the parent/guardian of the participant named on this registration form.  I have read and fully understand the provisions of the above release.  Through my signature on this release form, I am agreeing to the above provisions on my own behalf and on the behalf of the participant named above to participate in Special Olympics games, recreation programs and physical activity programs.

High Risk Waiver & COVID-19 Code of Conduct

Participant Information

Who is at Higher Risk Of COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a new disease and information is changing on who is more likely to get COVID-19 and who is will have more complications. Based on currently available information and clinical expertise, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities may be at higher risk of severe illness resulting in death from COVID-19. 

In order to participate, you must sign the High Risk Waiver (if applicable) and the COVID-19 Code of Conduct Waiver.

Current clinical guidance and information from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) lists those at high risk for severe illness from COVID-19 as:
  • People 65 years and older. Risk increases with age.
  • People who live in a nursing home or licensed long-term care facilities

Regardless of age, individuals with underlying conditions, such as the following, are or maybe at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19:
  • People with chronic lung disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or moderate to severe asthma
  • People who have serious heart conditions (including heart failure, coronary artery disease, congenital heart disease, cardiomyopathy, hypertension)
  • People who are immunocompromised 
Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications
The list may change as evidence is learned. Please review the latest list of conditions that put individuals at increased risk available at the CDC website (

If you are at a high risk, you may be putting yourself at risk when you return to activities with Special Olympics New Jersey. But, you may also put your family and your teammates at risk. If you have these conditions, you should seek additional medical advice prior to returning.

If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, you should consult with a healthcare professional for written medical clearance before returning to Special Olympics in person activities as serious cardiac, respiratory, and neurological issues may develop as a result of COVID-19.

COVID-19 Code of Conduct Waiver
I understand I could get COVID-19 through sports, training, competition and/or any group activity at Special Olympics New Jersey. I am choosing to participate in sports, competition and/or other Special Olympics  New Jersey activities at my own risk.
During the time these precautions are needed, I agree to the following to help keep me and my fellow participants safe by checking all of the boxes below. Failure to complete COVID-19 Code of Conduct will result in no in-person participation allowed. 
I HAVE READ ALL OF THIS AGREEMENT OR HAVE HAD IT READ TO ME AND AGREE TO FOLLOW THESE ACTIONS. Failure to complete COVID-19 Code of Conduct will result in no in-person participation allowed.

Participant Signature
Required for adult (age 18 and older)  participant, including adult athlete with capacity to sign documents.
By signing this, i acknowledge that I have completely read and fully understand the information in this form.

(By signing this Code of Conduct Waiver electronically, you agree your electronic signature is the legal equivalent of your manual signature.)

Parent/Guardian Signature
Required for participant who is a minor (younger than the age 18)  or lacks capacity to sign documents.
I am a parent or guardian of the athlete/participant named above. I have read and understand this form and have explained the contents to the participant as appropriate. By signing, I agree to this form on my own behalf and on behalf of the participant.

(By signing this Code of Conduct Waiver electronically, you agree your electronic signature is the legal equivalent of your manual signature.)

Communicable Diseases Waiver

Participant Information

Waiver and Release of Liability, Assumption of Risk and Indemnification Agreement for Communicable Diseases ("Agreement") for Special Olympics New Jersey
In consideration of being allowed to participate in any way in Special Olympics sports training, competition or fundraising activities, the undersigned acknowledges, appreciates, and agrees that:

Participant Signature
Required for adult (age 18 and older) participants, including adult athlete with capacity to sign documents.

(By signing this Communicable Diseases Waiver electronically, you agree your electronic signature is the legal equivalent of your manual signature.)

Parent/Guardian Signature

For participants of minority age (under age 18 at the time of registration) or those over 18 without the capacity to sign for themselves.

This is to certify that I, as parent/guardian with legal responsibility for this participant, have read and explained the provisions in this waiver/release to my child/ward including the risks of presence and participation and his/her personal responsibilities for adhering to the rules and regulations for protection against communicable diseases. Furthermore, my child/ward understands and accepts these risks and responsibilities. I for myself, my spouse, and child/ward do consent and agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Releases for any and all liabilities incident to my minor child's/ward's presence or participation in these activities as provided above, EVEN IF ARISING FROM THEIR NEGLIGENCE, to the fullest extent provided by law.

(By signing this Communicable Diseases Waiver electronically, you agree your electronic signature is the legal equivalent of your manual signature.)