We’re ready to get back in the game, but the health and safety of all members of Special Olympics New York is most important and at the forefront of every decision we make. Participation in our Wiinter Sports Season In-Person is completely optional, and we respect, understand, and fully support anyone who is unable to or uncomfortable returning. Please review our High Risk Fact Sheet to determine whether an In-Person return to activity is right for you.

Mid-November marks the earliest possible time to bring athletes together in person for the Winter Sports Season. Below you will find our In-Person Winter sport offerings and guidance on how to proceed. The Winter Sports Season In-Person Training Guide can be found here.


  • 1 athlete per chair on the lift (Phase 1 & 2) *(if needed, a volunteer may accompany and safeguard athletes while using the lift)
  • Stagger start times to ensure physical distance requirements are met
  • Skiing Resource: https://usskiandsnowboard.org

  • Skills only (Phase 1 & 2) physical contact during live play is likely, prohibiting team floor hockey
  • Defense (maintain 6 feet physical distance), Passing, Stick Handling, Shoot for Accuracy, Shoot Around the Goal
  • Coaches, Volunteers, and/or Support Staff will wear medical gloves
  • Athletes should gather their own puck
  • If hockey pucks are handled by multiple athletes, they must be sanitized before each exchange; eg: aerosol spray can be used
  • Floor Hockey Resources: https://www.usahockey.com/playersafety/ https://www.dropbox.com/sh/afbhbypy9mubfvx/AAD8UGthVrYs-YUH24XzfXkna?dl=0

  • Individual events only (Phase 1)
  • Consider staggering athlete start times during training sessions when possible
  • Assign athletes to every other lane
  • Relays eligible in Phase 2
  • Snowshoeing Resource: http://www.snowshoeracing.com/

November 20 Winter Season Opens
March 10, 2021 Training Video & Photo Submissions Due
March 18, 2021 Winter Season Celebration*

*Final Results will be posted during the Virtual Winter Season Celebration

Step by Step Guide for Training Video & Photo Submissions